Steelers embattled quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (pictured) issued a statement through the team today indicating he would not appeal the six-game suspension handed down last week by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
"The Commissioner's decision to suspend me speaks clearly that more is expected of me," Roethlisberger said. "I am accountable for the consequences of my actions. Though I have committed no crime, I regret that I have fallen short of the values instilled in me by my family. I will not appeal the suspension and will comply with what is asked of me — and more.
"Missing games will be devastating to me," he said. "I am sorry to let down my teammates and the entire Steelers fan base. I am disappointed that I have reached this point and will not put myself in this situation again.
"I appreciate the opportunities that I have been given in my life and will make the necessary improvements."
The words sure sound right. Now it remains to be seen if Roethlisberger is remorseful to the point where he really does turn his life around.