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Steelers: Zero tolerance for off-field misconduct

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By John Grupp
Monday, April 19, 2010
 

Offensive lineman Willie Colon, who was with Ben Roethlisberger in Georgia last month the night of the alleged sexual assault, said the Steelers were informed before practice today there is "a zero tolerance" in regard to any off-field misconduct.

"We were told early this morning either you get in line or you get kicked out of line," Colon said. "You are going to be traded or you're not going to be here. If your conduct is going to play a part in you not being a good football player, they are going to get rid of you. ...There is a zero tolerance, not only with the NFL but with the Steelers."

Colon, speaking publicly for the first time since the March 5 incident, wouldn't say whether it was a coach, a player or front office personnel who gave the early-morning ultimatum.

Colon, a fifth-year veteran, was part of Roethlisberger's entourage last month in Milledgeville, Ga. Charges were not filed against Roethlisberger.

Colon, who was on the dance floor in the building when the alleged assault took place, said it is difficult having his name linked to the incident.

"It's tough from the aspect that I have a mom and a sister and I have female family," Colon said. "They have to read negative so-called things that I've said. ...The bottom line to the situation is all we can do is come to work. That's what I'm here to do. I'm a little annoyed that everybody keeps talking for this football team. Our job is to be football players. That's what we plan to do."

Colon said he and his teammates support Roethlisberger.

"Whatever he has to go through, I'm going to stand behind him, not only as a teammate, but as his friend and a brother," Colon said. "I'm going to make sure he gets through it."

 

 
 


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