Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, reading a short statement from the locker room at the team’s facility, addressed on Monday night the decision of prosecutor Fred Bright not to pursue charges against Roethlisberger for sexual assault.
Stating that he would discuss none of the details, Roethlisberger said that he was “truly sorry” for the disappointment and “negative attention” he has caused.
He acknowledged that “much is expected of me,” and he said that he wants “to be the leader this team deserves.” He said he knows that he has much “work to do” to earn that trust, that he’s “more determined than ever to have a great season,” and that he intends to make the team, his family, and his fans “proud on all fronts.”
Frankly, if he’d applied that approach previously, he never would have been doing whatever he was doing with a 20-year-old girl in a single-seat bathroom only five-feet wide. Allegedly.