Tomlin: 'Highly concerned' about Roethlisberger

Posted March 21, 2010 @ 1:17 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told the NFL Network he's worried about his quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, facing sexual-assault allegations but is reserving judgment for now.

"I'm highly concerned for our franchise and for Ben personally," Tomlin told the NFL Network after arriving at the NFL meetings in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday.

Police in Milledgeville, Ga. continue to investigate the accusations of a 20-year-old female student who claims that Roethlisberger sexually assaulted her. Roethlisberger, 28, reportedly has denied having intercourse with the college student.

"My concerns are many," Tomlin said, "but I think at this time it's kind of appropriate to watch these things and let these things run their course. I think it would be inappropriate for me to have strong feelings one way or another with the investigation being ongoing and so forth. Like everyone else, you watch these things unfold."

The incident in question occurred earlier this month in a Georgia nightclub, at which the woman claims Roethlisberger sexually assaulted her. Roethlisberger also faces a civil lawsuit in Nevada, which was filed last July by a woman who says the quarterback raped her in 2008 at a Lake Tahoe hotel and casino. Roethlisberger also has strongly denied these claims.

Roethlisberger is not in custody in Georgia, and the investigation is said to be in full swing. He has not been criminally charged in the case and has claimed counter-damages in the lawsuit.