NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that the teammates of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not defend the beleaguered quarterback during a disciplinary inquest by Goodell.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated's Peter King, Goodell said, not one, not a single player, went to his defense. It wasn't personal in a sense, but all kinds of stories like, 'He won't sign my jersey.' Goodell spoke with two dozen Pittsburgh Steelers during his investigation.
Roethlisberger, who was suspended for the first six games of the 2010 for violating the league's personal conduct policy--a penalty which was later reduced to four games--finished the season 10-2 and led the Steelers to a 12-4 record. Whether or not this revelation has any effect on the Steelers will been seen in next Sunday's Super Bowl against the Green Bay Packers.