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Steelers QB says he will straighten up

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger issued no apology. He didn't ask for forgiveness from his fans, and didn't lobby NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to reduce his six-game suspension.

The Steelers quarterback, in his first comments since the NFL suspended him April 21, said Thursday that he's ready to make major changes to a lifestyle that cast him as a model for bad behavior.

"I've spent a lot of time evaluating and looking at my life both on and off the field," Roethlisberger said in brief remarks after a voluntary practice.

Roethlisberger, accused twice of sexual assault in the past two years, pledged to make smarter decisions during what he called "the second chance" to turn around his life. Roethlisberger, known for frequenting nightclubs with an entourage of friends, did not elaborate.

"I've been sitting at home thinking about things, and I've been working closely with the commissioner on ways to make changes, corrections," he said. "I'm looking forward to the second chance and the second opportunity — not just in football, because I think everybody knows what you're going to get (from me) in football, but in life. I think that's kind of what's more important."

Roethlisberger didn't apologize for his conduct in a Milledgeville, Ga., nightclub, where a college student accused him of sexually assaulting her March 5.

Also, kicker Jeff Reed said the league ordered him to have an evaluation after he became involved in an alcohol-related dispute with Pittsburgh police after a home game in October. The evaluation apparently was similar to Roethlisberger's.

BENGALS: Linebacker Rey Maualuga told Bengals.com that he expected to be ready in two to four weeks after having ankle surgery.

BILLS: Linebacker Danny Batten, a sixth-round pick, signed.

BROWNS: Hall of Fame wide receiver Paul Warfield retired from his front-office position. Warfield, 67, was senior adviser to the general manager for the past six seasons.

CHARGERS: Fifth-round draft pick Jonathan Crompton signed a four-year contract and free-agent tight end Randy McMichael signed for one year.

FALCONS: The league suspended offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka without pay for this season's opener over its personal conduct policy. Ojinnaka was arrested in May 2009 on simple battery after a confrontation with his wife.

RAVENS: Former Bengals kicker Shayne Graham signed a one-year contract as a free agent; the deal is worth up to $2.5 million.

SAINTS: Coach Sean Payton says he expects Jeremy Shockey, hospitalized last week following a seizure, to practice at a three-day minicamp that starts today.

Steelers QB says he will straighten up 06/03/10 [Last modified: Friday, June 4, 2010 12:10am]
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