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Report: Talk of Roethlisberger trade

The Steelers haven't talked with other teams about dealing embattled quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but they've had significant internal discussions about it, the league's Web site reports.

The team's ownership is livid and embarrassed by Roethlisberger's actions in Georgia this offseason and finds his string of off-the-field incidents troubling, NFL.com reported. The team has been closely monitoring public backlash against Roethlisberger, who has led the team to two Super Bowl wins, it said.

The Steelers could envision several trade scenarios — and if a team called, they would listen — but they're skeptical about others taking on Roethlisberger, given his baggage. But his contract is tradeable in a year without a salary cap.

The Milledgeville, Ga., district attorney said this week that Roethlisberger would not be charged following accusations that he sexually assaulted a 20-year-old college student in a nightclub last month. The quarterback has denied the accusations through his attorney.

Roethlisberger also is being sued by a former Nevada hotel employee for an alleged sexual assault in 2008. No criminal charges were filed in that case.

In his latest trouble, the police documents on the Georgia case, released Thursday, show that after the assault allegation was made, a 16-year-old in a youth law enforcement program run by Milledgeville police told authorities he had been told about incidents involving Roethlisberger and a friend's sister. The teen told police the woman's brother told him that Roethlisberger twice made unwanted sexual advances.

Authorities tried to interview the woman, who is in her early 20s, but she declined. A message seeking comment was left by the Associated Press with Roethlisberger's lawyer, Ed Garland.

Commissioner Roger Goodell is reviewing the Georgia case, and Steelers president Art Rooney II said the league and team probably won't settle on any punishment for Roethlisberger until after next week's draft.

More Roethlisberger case: Pennsylvania state police say a trooper with Roethlisberger the night the quarterback was accused of sexual assault in Georgia is subject to the department's code of conduct whether he was working for Roethlisberger or with him as a friend. Lt. Myra Taylor said Friday that an internal investigation will determine whether Trooper Ed Joyner did anything "that could reasonably be expected to destroy public respect" for the agency.

A friend of the accuser told police that a "bodyguard" refused to acknowledge that the accuser was alone with Roethlisberger in the back of the nightclub. Georgia investigators later identified that man as Joyner.

Meanwhile, Milledgeville Police Chief Woodrow Blue confirmed that Sgt. Jerry Blash, who took the first report from the accuser, resigned Wednesday. The case documents show Blash acknowledged to investigators that he made derogatory statements about the accuser to other officers and that some in Roethlisberger's party might have heard him.

Blash was the only officer to interview Roethlisberger, with whom he had posed for pictures earlier that night. Calls by the Associated Press to a number listed for him rang unanswered Thursday evening and Friday.

Bucs: Receiver Maurice Stovall signed his restricted free agent tender. He gets $1.176 million.

Dolphins: Much-maligned receiver-returner Ted Ginn was traded to the 49ers for a lower-round draft pick. Taken ninth overall in the 2007 draft, Ginn had five touchdown catches in three seasons while averaging 13.0 yards per reception. He was more successful on special teams, scoring on kickoff returns of 100 and 101 yards in the same quarter against the Jets last season. He became the first player with two kickoff returns of at least 100 yards in one game. "We added a talented player that fit a need," 49ers coach Mike Singletary said. Said Ginn, "I'm just going to come into the 49ers and show 'em what I got."

Redskins: Tackle Albert Haynesworth, quarterback Jason Campbell and one-time starting linebacker Rocky McIntosh were absent as the first minicamp opened under new coach Mike Shanahan. Attendance is voluntary under league rules. Haynesworth is unhappy with the prospect of playing nose tackle in the switch to a 3-4 defense. Campbell was pushed down the depth chart when the Redskins traded for Donovan McNabb this month and wants a trade. McIntosh thinks he'll be traded.

Times staff writer Stephen F. Holder contributed to this report.

Report: Talk of Roethlisberger trade 04/16/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 16, 2010 11:31pm]
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