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Commissioner Goodell to meet with Roethlisberger

ORLANDO, Fla. — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell plans to meet with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who has been accused of sexual assault twice within the last nine months. "We take the issue very seriously," Goodell said today at the NFL owners meetings.

Goodell, who enacted the personal conduct policy in 2007 to help preserve the NFL's image, said he has spoken with Steelers president Art Rooney II about Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger could be subject to league discipline is he is charged with sexual assault stemming from a March 5 incident at a Milledgeville, Ga. nightclub.

Rooney said last week that the Steelers are waiting until an investigation in Milledgeville, Ga., plays out before they make any contingency plans at quarterback. Roethlisberger has been accused of sexual assault by a 20-year-old college student stemming from a March 5 incident in a Milledgeville nightclub.

Roethlisberger's attorneys say he is innocent.

Roethlisberger, who has won two Super Bowls, is also the subject of a civil suit that is still pending in Nevada. The suit alleges that Roethlisberger sexually asaulted a woman in July of 2007 at a Lake Tahoe resort.

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