NFL Commissioner Goodell: Roethlisberger violated the league personal-conduct policy

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger violated the NFL’s personal-conduct policy, Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday.

Goodell said on the Dan Patrick radio show the key issue is a “pattern of behavior” and “bad judgments.”

Last week, prosecutors in Georgia declined to charge Roethlisberger after a college student accused him of sexual assault in March.

The NFL is expected to discipline Roethlisberger, although it says there is no timetable for such a decision. The Steelers have said they expect a decision next week.

Roethlisberger also is being sued by a different woman who says he raped her in 2008 at a Lake Tahoe hotel-casino. Roethlisberger denies the accusation and was not charged. He has claimed counter-damages in a lawsuit.

“The issue here is with respect to a pattern of behavior and bad judgments,” Goodell said. “You do not have to be convicted or even charged with a crime to be able to demonstrate that you’ve violated a personal-conduct policy.”

• The Philadelphia Eagles dealt their fifth-round pick this year to Denver, which is sending tight end Tony Scheffler to the Detroit Lions, who will trade linebacker Ernie Sims to Philadelphia.

The Eagles announced the three-way deal three days before the NFL draft. Detroit drafted Sims ninth overall from Florida State in 2006.


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The former lightweight champion used his own clothes to hang himself in his cell early Monday, Venezuelan Federal Police Chief Wilmer Flores told reporters.


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Thomaz Bellucci, the No. 13 seed, defeated Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 6-4, and Richard Gasquet beat Igor Andreev of Russia 7-6 (5), 6-4.

The tournament lost some of its top players earlier in the day when third-ranked Rafael Nadal, sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych and David Nalbandian withdrew.


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