Ben Roethlisberger is about to face a likely suspension from the Steelers, in conjunction with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, for his role in an alleged sexual assault last month in Milledgeville, Ga. But Roethlisberger may not be in hot water with his teammates, at least one of whom has come out strongly in support of the embattled quarterback.
Linebacker LaMarr Woodley said on Fox Sports Radio that he hasn't lost any respect for Roethlisberger. Asked whether Roethlisberger (pictured) had lost the locker room because of his troubles, Woodley said: "I can't say Ben's lost the locker room. He hasn't lost any respect from me at all. Ben's a great guy, he's a great football player and, you know, sometimes things happen off the field. Things happen, guys get into this, get into that, and that doesn't change how I think about a person at all."
Woodley said of how the Rooney family operates and what effect that might have on Roethlisberger: "They're supposed to be a straightforward organization, because of the history and the type of players that they bring in, and the respect they have around the league. So the Rooneys don't tolerate a lot of things, just because of the respect they have. That's just the way it is."