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. brendan

    Good to see it reduced to 4 but it should have been changed to 2 or 0. Where is Vince Young's for his videotaped assault?

    September 3, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Wit

      You're right, the repeated rapist should have just had his dainty wrists slapped.

      September 3, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJJames

      Right a 2 time alleged rapist should be compared to a guy who just had a little fight in a club. Read the depositions, and you may change your opinion.

      September 3, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • rr

      not charged (once again) bozos!

      September 3, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dude

    So Goddell suspends him for 6 games until proof shows there was no wrong doing yet Goddell decides to reduce it to 4 games? I think there should be an internal investigation on Goddell's penalty practices. This is by far a sham and no one should stand for this kind of injustice!

    September 3, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mike

    The guy is a serial rapist...send him to the UFL

    September 3, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buckwheat19

      or the Raiders.........

      September 3, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      or to reform school!

      September 3, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • skier31

      How about Jail? What a loser, hope they lose every game he plays.

      September 3, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dr Rand Pink

    Sources close to senior NFL officials claim Roethlisberger was told to stop signing autogrpahs with his penis

    September 3, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. zack

    cnn stinks.

    September 3, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • skunk

      And you're here because?

      September 3, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Buckwheat19

    I still don't understand why a guy gets suspended when there have been no legal charges brought against him.

    September 3, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      The threshold for bringing charges should not be the same as the threshold for levying penalties on players. The criminal justice system is so slipshod that it incarcerates a pot dealer because they find pot in his possession but can't incarcerate a rapist because the victim refuses to testify or some heightened level of proof is not met. His past conduct demonstrates his tendencies. He's a predator.

      September 3, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |

      I totally agree. I know this happened twice to him but the fact of the matter is he was never charged with anything and even if he was charged he needs to be indicted and that never went that far? So my point is he should be free as a bird and should not have been suspended.

      September 3, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      They are held to a higher standard in the NFL. Theres a personal conduct policy and it was broken. Its a privilege to play in the NFL not a right.

      September 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      The fact that a person can be suspended in the NFL without being convicted or even charged with a crime is a good thing. Roethlisberger needs to be aware that he is a role model and shouldn't be putting himself in these situations to even have a CHANCE to get himself in trouble. Goodell is setting a precidence saying, "If you're going to act stupid and make yourself, your team, and the league look stupid, you're going to have to pay the consequences."

      September 3, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Greg

    Another rapist gets preferencial treatment, Good Job NFL! So pathetic.

    September 3, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Greg

    Take off your Steelers "rosy" colored glasses. If a girl says NO, it means NO! there is no gray area, This pathetic excuse for a man is a Rapist whether convicted or not.

    September 3, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Java

      Yea, Like the old West we will hang him first the give him a trial. IDIOT!

      September 3, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • starlight

      your a rapist.......whether you've been convicted or not..... */sarcasm*

      September 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kim

    I know all of you are quick here to judge and believe me when the news came out I wanted him gone for an entire season. But if he is really trying to change his life and his perspective then cut the guy a break. Only time will tell.

    September 3, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Cutting him a break = no jail time. He got his break.

      September 3, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      @John: lol is this a serious comment? The state cut him a break by not giving him jailtime. His employer can do whatever they want to when they believe one of their employees is shedding a negative light on their brand. I love the intelligence that my fellow countrymen continue to show.

      September 3, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      @John: Scratch my previous comment, I read yours wrong. Sorry!

      September 3, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Phlebas

    'Not enough evidence to charge' does not equal 'he didn't do anything.'

    September 3, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • gavinbrooke

      In the eyes of our justice system, and luckily for you if you are ever accused of a crime you didn't commit, yes it does. I hear more and more people speaking like this, and frankly I find it disturbing. We have forgotten that while sometimes inconvenient, protections that sometimes let guilty people go free are there to protect the innocent from going to prison. THINK!

      September 3, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Java

    If he was any other color but White the suspension would have been not more than two games. Four games and no contact with the team during that time is ridiculous. No way can he be ready for the fifth game.

    You can bring loaded guns on a plane, beat your wife, be on drugs all with convictions (Ben was never convicted) and you get two weeks and can practice with the team.

    What a sham!

    September 3, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • gavinbrooke

      Here comes the race card! You knew someone was bound to pull it without basing it on any facts. In fact, of the 16 players suspended for off the field antics since 2007, Roethlisberger is the only one that wasn't convicted of an actual crime. So by those standards, his is more harsh than any other players' many of who were black. So take your hate-mongering elsewhere unless you can back it up with something other than your own paranoid dillusions.

      September 3, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • gavinbrooke

      Oh my bad...perhaps I shouldn't have jumped the gun. My dillusion was pretty paranoid there.

      September 3, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rita

      So what color is Kobe Bryant?!!! He has yet to see any suspensions or jail time for raping a girl!!!

      September 3, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mmmmmm

    of course "HE" would get a reduced penalty!!!! LOL who ever thought he wouldnt must forget we live in America!

    September 3, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. db

    Figures that the NFL would be so casual in thier fines and suspensions......He is suppose to be a role model...that comes with being a star.....should of been let go for a year with no salary! rapist basterd.

    September 3, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • fantasyland

      athletes are not role models. they are athletes and nothing more

      September 3, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dave

    There is a huge difference between morality and proving something in a court of law.. Just becuase the prosecutors couldn't prove it doesn't mean it didn't happen. I beleive the DA said something like, We know something immoral happened that night, we just can't prove. The NFL shouldn't need "beyond a reasanoble doubt" to act morally and with a concience.. To suspend him, they must beleive what he did that night was wrong. To turn around and shorten the suspension sends the wrong signal.

    September 3, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gralin

    If any one of us working people were in the same situation as Roethlisberger, we'd already been in jail for the FIRST time this happen ( and as it would happen, this one wouldn't be an issue ). In my opinion the doubts most people have in justice, government and sports are totally justified with the little party going on in this case. Cut his suspension to 4 games. It should have been, cut his jail time by 4 minutes. Its so interesting that the rules and laws controling us non-millionaires or sports stars are so completely different than those for what the media calls "Stars". What a crock Roethlisberger is and the sport that lets players not have to face or pay for their actions as the rest of us would.

    September 3, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
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