The Steelers are "prepared to take disciplinary action" against QB Ben Roethlisberger in the wake of him being investigated and ultimately cleared by Georgia authorities of criminal charges in connection with an alleged sexual assault in March, team president Art Rooney II said Thursday.
"I've made it clear to Ben that his conduct in this incident did not live up to our standards," said Rooney, who noted that any discipline would be levied "in accordance with the league office." Also, there will be just one disciplinary action, Rooney said.
Rooney said the NFL's decision on discipline for Roethlisberger isn't expected until after the draft. Roethlisberger met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday
Roethlisberger, who has led the Steelers to two Super Bowl titles, has been the subject of trade speculation in recent days, but Rooney said no trade talks have been held with other clubs. "At this point, we have not discussed a trade with any other club," he said.
Rooney said the team has met with Roethlisberger multiple times and believes he is contrite. However, he said that Roethlisberger's image has taken a hit in the wake of the incident.
"We've told him it is going to be a long road back, and it is going to be up to him to meet the challenge," Rooney said.
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