April 21st, 2010
01:22 PM ET

NFL suspends Roethlisberger for 6 games

Ben Roethlisberger was suspended for "conduct detrimental to the NFL."

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell slapped Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger with a six-game suspension for "conduct detrimental to the NFL" Wednesday, calling it "the best step for your personal and professional welfare."

If he misses all six games it could cost Roethlisberger an estimated $2.8 million, according to The Associated Press.

Roethlisberger, who has led the Steelers to two Super Bowl titles in the past decade, faced the threat of criminal charges after a woman accused him of raping her in a Milledgeville, Georgia, bar in March. The quarterback's lawyer said no sexual assault took place, and prosecutors decided last week that they could not prove that a crime had been committed.

But in suspending Roethlisberger, Goodell said nothing about his conduct "can remotely be described as admirable, responsible or consistent with either the values of the league or the expectations of our fans."

"Your conduct raises sufficient concerns that I believe effective intervention now is the best step for your personal and professional welfare," Goodell said in a letter accompanying the suspension. He urged Roethlisberger "to take full advantage of this opportunity to get your life and career back on track."

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  1. Joe

    No blood no foul. Let Big Ben play.

    April 21, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ezra

    (FYI-I am a woman) I hope the retard woman who FALSELY accused him gets jail time for filing a false claim! Sorry, I don't believe the woman

    You must be a die hard Pittsburgh fan and not a real bright one at that. Roethlisberger should have been suspended for the ENTIRE season. Who is the retard, anyway? This is the 2nd time the clown Roethlisberger has been accused of sexual misconduct. Nice Tee shirt he was wearing on the night of the alleged assault. Sure wouldn't want an asshole like that representing my team. The Pittsburgh organization has far too much class to hang on to such an immoral, immature slob. I hope the Rooney family rids itself of the classless jerk.

    April 21, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cuba

    It is all about the $$$$$$$$ these girls just wanted to try and become famous and make a quick buck! To bad our justice system isn't innocent until proven guilty like it claims to be!

    April 22, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
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