Steelers Issue Statement Regarding Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II has issued the following statement regarding the news that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will not face sexual assault charges in Georgia.

"The investigation process in Georgia has been deliberate and the District Attorney’s decision regarding Ben Roethlisberger speaks for itself.

During the past few weeks I have met with Ben on a number of occasions, not only to discuss this incident, but also to discuss his commitment to making sure something like this never happens again. The Pittsburgh Steelers take the conduct of players and staff very seriously. Ben will now have to work hard to earn back the respect and trust of Steelers fans, and to live up to the leadership responsibilities we all expect of him.

In the coming days Ben will meet with Commissioner Goodell to discuss his resolve to abide by the league’s personal conduct standards. After consultation with the Commissioner, our organization will determine the next steps in this process."

As Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com notes, Rooney did not rule out team-issued punishment of Roethlisberger.

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