NFL commissioner wants meeting with Roethlisberger
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said today he will meet with Ben Roethlisberger specifically to talk about the sexual assault accusations that have been made against the Steelers quarterback over the past nine months.
"First, I think the most important thing is we take the issue very seriously," Goodell said during his first press conference of the NFL meetings being held here this week.
"We are concerned that Ben continues to put himself in this position. I have spoken to the Steelers. I have spoken to Art Rooney directly about it. And at the appropriate time I will be meeting with Ben."
In the meantime, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin declined to talk about Roethlisberger in any context during a 30-minute interview with two Pittsburgh reporters here. Tomlin said he gave a statement to the NFL Network on Saturday about Roethlisberger because he was compelled by them to do so.
"I'm highly concerned for our franchise and for Ben personally,'' Tomlin told the network.
First Published March 22, 2010 1:42 pm