Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Finally Speaks Publicly

Ben Roethlisberger's name has been all over the news the last month but we haven't heard from the quarterback himself.

The Steelers have issued a statement, as has his accuser and the Georgia DA. Now we hear finally hear from the man himself:

I'd like to begin by expressing gratitude for the thorough investigation process in Georgia. In the prosecutor's decision not to bring charges, I know without a doubt is the right conclusion.

I don't intend to discuss any details related to the events in Georgia and I'm happy to put this behind me and move forward.

I am truly sorry for the disappointment and negative attention I brought to my family, my teammates myself, my coaches, the Rooney's and the NFL.

I understand the opportunities I've been blessed with is a privilege and much is expected of me as the quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

I absolutely want to be the leader this team deserves, valued in the community and be a role model to kids. I have much work to do to earn this trust. I'm committed to improving and showing everyone my true values.

I am excited to get back to work with my teammates and I'm more determined than ever to have a great season. I intend to make my family, friends and Steeler nation proud on all fronts.

His statement came from the Steelers locker room and not the conference room. His statement was not allowed to be filmed live and reporter's questions were not allowed.

Next move for Big Ben: Meeting with Goodell on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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