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. 26_third_street

    Goodell has made the biggest mistake of the 21st century (maybe the 20th as well). When are Goodell and the owners of all major league sports going to understand that they have a responsibility to our society to promote good and law abiding behaviour at all times. What Roethlisberger did -more than once- should be grounds for banning him from the NFL. Rather than even thinking about that Goodell and the owners have REDUCED the number games he is suspended for. This is worse than letting the players get away with performance enhancing steroids. It is giving a slap on the wrist for criminal behavior that results in damage to anohter human being. Congress should eliminate the anti-trust exemption for the NFL and demand that Roethlisberger be banned for life.

    September 3, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Never was a fan

    never will be. the NFL is an absolute joke. no wonder they have more and more problems. roethlesburger is a gutless goon and a coward. Pathetic.

    September 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Don't think your * don't stink

    People ridicule Ben becuase his issues were put in the spot light. What about everyone elses rediculous priviate affairs? Why are they not a problem? A player is caught with a gun in an airport. Reprecussions? No. Another gets charged with a DUI. Reprecussions? No. Roethlisberger got made an example of, yet no one else who strays from the "Personal Conduct Policy" gets touched. He was suspended for "supplying a minor with alchohol". Shouldn't the bar who left her in have taken that fall? No one is going to ask the girl you bought a drink for her ID. Not to mention, this isn't the first and won't be the last someone made an accusation to get money from a athlete. You bet your *** she was hoping for a settlement out of court.

    September 3, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. maribel

    When Roethlisberger got in trouble, the Commissioner of the NFL announced (after everything was said and done) that he would be suspended 4 to 6 games, depending on his behavior. Obviously Ben decided to stay out of more trouble.

    September 3, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lk

    I disagree...just because it is not the first time, doesn't mean either actually happened. The girl saw someone else almost get away with it, so when the opportunity came about, she took it too!

    September 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. maribel

    4 to 6 games people! They didn't reduce anything, it was always an option!

    September 3, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JT

    What a joke. Give him 6 wks then only give him 4, what a joke. Why give him any then. It only leads the way for other "A" Holes to do the same & get away with it....What a joke. It's all about the money, not the girls respect. What a joke.

    September 3, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. wmscot

    Looks like the Steelers get another pass due to the owners of this club. They might as well be ambassadors of another country with all the crap they getaway with. Rememeber the Seahawks/Steeler superbowl that the refs now say they blew the calls that caused the Steelers to win.

    September 3, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. maribel

    4 to 6 games people! Nothing was reduced, it was always an option!

    September 3, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. FarmIllinois

    This girl was folowing him from bar to bar and gat exactly what she wanted. Ben is the victim in both cases.

    September 3, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. total meat head

    Defenders of Big "Come here little girl" Ben are also meat heads and probably have mommy issues. If you read that whole story and come away on his side, you suck. He sucks as a person.

    September 3, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. matttoo

    What ever happen to "innocent until proven guilty." There are a lot of innocent people who are sitting in prison because a jury of their peers were to quick to judge.

    September 3, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Largo Barbara

    good old boy network at work again!

    September 3, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MLP

    Big Ben is known for 2 things: throwin' pics and assaulting chicks!

    September 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lu

    Thats great a dirtbag rapist gets special treatment – I hope he gets injured – badly!

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