"The Commissioner’s decision to suspend me speaks clearly that more is expected of me. I am accountable for the consequences of my actions. Though I have committed no crime, I regret that I have fallen short of the values instilled in me by my family. I will not appeal the suspension and will comply with what is asked of me - and more.
"Missing games will be devastating for me. I am sorry to let down my teammates and the entire Steelers fan base. I am disappointed that I have reached this point and will not put myself in this situation again.
"I appreciate the opportunities that I have been given in my life and will make the necessary improvements.”
On Wednesday, April 21st, the NFL suspended Ben Roethlisberger for 6 games for violating the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy. The suspension could be reduced for good behavior.
The violation stems from an incident that happened in early March at a nightclub in Georgia. While celebrating his birthday, Roethlisberger was accused of following a 20 year-old woman into the bathroom and raping her.
The District Attorney said that there was not enough evidence to charge Roethlisberger with a crime and the case was dropped.
The NFL said that he still violated the Personal Conduct Policy and deserved to be punished.
At this point, Roethlisberger would be eligible to play on Sunday, October 31st, against the Saints in New Orleans.