Goodell to meet with Steelers QB
ORLANDO, Fla. -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says he plans to meet with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger about the star's off-field problems.
Goodell already has spoken with team owners about Roethlisberger, who is being investigated on allegations he assaulted a 20-year-old college student in a Georgia nightclub on March 5. Roethlisberger's attorney says the quarterback committed no crime. Roethlisberger has yet to be interviewed by police in Milledgeville, Ga., and charges have not been filed.
"We take this issue very seriously," Goodell said Monday at the NFL meetings. "I am concerned that Ben continues to put himself in this position.
"I spoke with the Steelers and [team president] Art Rooney about it and, at some point, I will be meeting with Ben at the appropriate time."
His latest alleged incident came during a 28th birthday party for Roethlisberger, who has a home about 30 miles from Milledgeville.
The two-time Super Bowl champ's lawyer, Ed Garland, said he has hired his own investigative team.
David Cornwell, Roethlisberger's lead attorney, said in a statement that he contacted the NFL when the most recent allegations were made against the quarterback.
"We agreed that I would keep the NFL apprised of all developments as they warrant," Cornwell said. "I believe the commissioner will allow us to focus on matters in Georgia, but we look forward to meeting with him and addressing any concerns he may have."
Rooney has said the Steelers are "in a situation we're going to let this investigation play out and then go from there."
Roethlisberger also is being sued by a woman who claims he raped her in 2008 at a Lake Tahoe hotel. He denies those allegations and has asked for counter-damages.
Roethlisberger skipped voluntary workouts with the team last week.
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
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