The two-time Super Bowl winner was banned without pay for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy and was ordered to undergo a “comprehensive behavioral evaluation by professionals.”
“I recognize that the allegations in Georgia were disputed and that they did not result in criminal charges being filed against you,” Goodell said in his letter to the six-year veteran. My decision today is not based on a finding that you violated Georgia law, or on a conclusion that differs from that of the local prosecutor. That said, you are held to a higher standard as an NFL player, and there is nothing about your conduct in Milledgeville that can remotely be described as admirable, responsible, or consistent with either the values of the league or the expectations of our fans. Your conduct raises sufficient concerns that I believe effective intervention now is the best step for your personal and professional welfare,” Goodell wrote.
Interestingly Roethlisberger will not be able to able to participate in any Steeler offseason activities until he has undergone the evaluation.
Late Wednesday, there were a lot of trade rumors regarding Roethlisberger, with the Oakland Raiders as the most likely destination for the quarterback.
I will still be very surprised if the Steelers trade him, but the Steelers are one of those traditional franchises that are very close to the community. The people of Pittsburgh want Roethlisberger gone and the Steelers might just grant them their wish.