NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says he'll make a ruling soon on whether or not to punish Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger for his off-field legal problems.
The commissioner made his statements regarding Roethlisberger at a dinner honoring Steelers chairman Dan Rooney on Wednesday evening.
"I think he understands how important the personal-conduct policy is to the NFL," Goodell said, according to The Associated Press. "And I hope he has a better understanding of how important it is for everybody in the league.
"We'll continue to gather more information. We'll continue to have that analysis done, and we'll consider it and make a decision in the near future. We like to be thorough. We like to be sure we fully understand it. We've talked to, obviously, the player. We'll talk to the players association. I think anytime you can get more input into the various factors that are going on, the better decision you'll make."
On Monday, Roethlisberger found out that he wouldn't face criminal charges for an incident in which a Georgia female college student accused the quarterback of sexual assault at a Milledgeville, Ga., nightclub. Big Ben is also facing a civil lawsuit by a Nevada female hotel employee who has accused him of sexual assault, although no criminal charges were brought in the case.
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