September 3rd, 2010
11:44 AM ET

NFL reduces Roethlisberger suspension to four games

The National Football League has reduced the suspension of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger from six to four games, the league said.

The NFL in a statement Friday said Roethlisberger's reinstatement is contingent on him "continuing to adhere to the program established by our advisors and avoiding any further violations of the Personal Conduct Policy."

"You have told me and the Steelers that you are committed to making better decisions," Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter to Roethlisberger, according to the statement. "Your actions over the past several months have been consistent with that promise and you must continue to honor that commitment."

Roethlisberger, who led the Steelers to Super Bowl titles in 2006 and 2009, 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.

This story is developing. We'll bring you the latest information as we get it.

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  1. LJC

    The whole Steelers organization is a joke! When you have all these people out here struggling to put food on their tables and you have an athlete that is given the privilege to play football and make millions, there should be no second and third chances.

    September 3, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. margo

    you know what, if that had been joe blow off the street he'd be doing 15 years somewhere. There is this stupid mentality in our country that rich, famous, and celebrity gives them all a pass to do as they please with a little slap on the wrists. He is a pig and the only people who want to stand behind him are steeler fans, that's sad. no one has a moral compass in this society anymore.

    September 3, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe Issano

    This guy get's away with crap-he is a peice of white thrash. In the mean time the black football player gets hurt by his own gun and has to serve jail time(2 years), with no chance of early release. Roethlisberger and Palin must be from the same DNA...both are dumb BSTRDS.

    September 3, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Miguel

    ...Ok! a guy like Vick who harmed a few dogs gets suspended from the NFL ....but yet a guy ( Ben R.) who may have acted inapropriately with a young girl (a human being) gets a slap on the wrist and then gets his game suspension reduced!..WOW!...where is Goodell`s head....he must be a steelers fan.

    September 3, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joe

    they need to disband teh NFL all it a boys club for rapists and woman abusers

    September 3, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joe

    starlight how childish.

    September 3, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |

    Nfl reduces roethlisberger suspension to four games.. OMG! 🙂

    April 18, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
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