While Ben Roethlisberger
may have escaped his legal woes, the NFL has handed down its ruling. The star quarterback will sit out six games, while at the same time undergoing required "comprehensive behavioral counseling." Ben Roethlisbeger will be riding the pine until at least Week 7 this season. (Getty Images)
The ruling came after NFL commisioner Roger Goodell
decided that Roethlisberger has violated the league's personal conduct policies. The details of Roethlisberger's drunken night in Georgia were revealed last week, after prosecutors decided not to press charges.
"As the district attorney concluded, the extensive investigatory record shows that you contributed to the irresponsible consumption of alcohol by purchasing (or facilitating the purchase of) alcoholic beverages for under-age college students, at least some of whom were likely already intoxicated,” Goodell said in a letter to Roethlisberger.
"There is no question that the excessive consumption of alcohol that evening put the students and yourself at risk. The Personal Conduct Policy also states that discipline is appropriate for conduct that undermines or puts at risk the integrity and reputation of the N.F.L., N.F.L. clubs, or N.F.L. players. By any measure, your conduct satisfies that standard."
Roethlisberger is still facing a civil suit from a seperate woman who accused him of raping her in Lake Tahoe in 2008.