Roethlisberger held to tougher standard

Goodell sends message that prominent players will face a higher level of scrutiny

Originally Published: April 21, 2010
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

So now we know what booze, bad judgment and a bathroom encounter with a 20-year-old woman did for Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger. In handing him a suspension of six games, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent a powerful, undeniable message to the Steelers' star quarterback. Milledgeville (Ga.) district attorney Fred Bright may not have been able to make a case for a sexual assault charge against Roethlisberger. But Goodell had read and heard more than enough evidence to sting Big Ben for tarnishing ...

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