April 26th, 2010
03:03 PM ET

Roethlisberger: 'I am accountable' for my actions

Ben Roethlisberger's first statement since his suspension was published on the Pittsburgh Steelers website.

Ben Roethlisberger made his first statement since being suspended six games by the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

The statement posted on the Pittsburgh Steelers website says:

"The Commissioner’s decision to suspend me speaks clearly that more is expected of me. I am accountable for the consequences of my actions. Though I have committed no crime, I regret that I have fallen short of the values instilled in me by my family. I will not appeal the suspension and will comply with what is asked of me ─ and more.

Missing games will be devastating for me. I am sorry to let down my teammates and the entire Steelers fan base. I am disappointed that I have reached this point and will not put myself in this situation again.

I appreciate the opportunities that I have been given in my life and will make the necessary improvements.”

soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. Salvice

    parents should be a child's #1 role model. skeezy rapists should not.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tim from Toledo

    No apology to the woman....the only remorse he shows is to his teammattes.
    I can only assume one of two things:
    1.) He won't apologize to the woman because his lawyers have advised that she can still nail him with a civil suit, and apologizing could be used against him.
    2.) He doesn't think he did anything wrong, and his statement is a pathetic attempt to show that he wants to improve himself.

    Either way – the man has lost all respect. He's lucky the woman involved was not my daughter.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |

    Yep 25 years old and two super bowls.... HUGE loser dont even get me started..

    Jamal Lewis was almost convicted for murder and wasn't given a lifetime ban, then why should Big Ben be treated any differently, especially when his crimes were not even close to being as catastrophic as his.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
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