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Published: Monday, 4/26/2010

Roethlisberger says he regrets his actions

BY ED BOUCHETTE
BLOCK NEWS ALLIANCE

PITTSBURGH - The Steelers released a short statement this afternoon attributed to Ben Roethlisberger concerning NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's suspension of the quarterback for four to six games to start the season:

"The commissioner's decision to suspend me speaks clearly that more is expected of me. I am accountable for the consequences of my actions. Though I have committed no crime, I regret that I have fallen short of the values instilled in me by my family. I will not appeal the suspension and will comply with what is asked of me -- and more.

"Missing games will be devastating for me. I am sorry to let down my teammates and the entire Steelers fan base. I am disappointed that I have reached this point and will not put myself in this situation again.

"I appreciate the opportunities that I have been given in my life and will make the necessary improvements."

Roethlisberger was not available for further comment. The NFL announced his suspension last week as a result of a night of partying in Milledgeville, Ga., last month. A 20-year-old college student accused him of sexual assault, but a police investigation resulted in no charges being filed.



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