Colbert: Steelers standing behind Big Ben
By Scott Brown, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, April 24, 2010
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Responding to a question of whether Ben Roethlisberger trade talk is behind the Steelers, director of football operations Kevin Colbert said today that the franchise isn't giving up on the embattled quarterback.
"We can't defend the behavior and actions as an organization and we won't, but we do defend his opportunity to make right, and I think that's the right thing to do," Colbert said.
Roethlisberger has been suspended for the first six games of the 2010 season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
Roethlisberger was suspended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell even though he won't be charged despite accusations that he sexually assaulted a 20-year-old college student March 5 in Milledeville, Ga.
He will release a statement Monday, the first public comments he has made since Goodell punished him and exhorted him to turn his personal life around.
"This guy has helped us win two championships and he's made some mistakes," Colbert said, "but he also deserves the opportunity to rectify those mistakes and we stand behind his opportunity to do that."