Chapter not really closed for Roethlisberger

January, 22, 2012
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Lawyers for Ben Roethlisberger and a woman who accused him of raping her at a Lake Tahoe hotel-casino in 2008 have reached a settlement that ends her civil lawsuit against the Steelers quarterback.

Neither side is talking about the settlement, and there will be speculation on its amount. Regardless of the dollar figure, it has proved costly for Roethlisberger.

He was suspended for the first six games of the 2010 season (which was later reduced to four games) and received a stern message from commissioner Roger Goodell at that time. Remember Goodell's letter that stressed Roethlisberger has to make better decisions and "must continue to honor that commitment."

So, this settlement ends a 2 1/2-year period in which Roethlisberger was twice accused of sexual assault but never charged with a crime. But this chapter in his life won't be closed as definitively.

Roethlisberger's off-field conduct will continue to be subjected to scrutiny. Everyone will be watching, and everyone will be judging.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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