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article imageState trooper appeals ‘Big Ben’ Roethlisberger chauffeur decision

By Andrew John     May 18, 2010 in Sports
Trooper Edward J. Joyner, of the Pennsylvania State Police, who has been forbidden by his superiors from continuing to work as a chauffeur while off duty for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback “Big Ben” Roethlisberger, has appealed the decision.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that, in April, the Pennsylvania State Police revoked their earlier approval for Joyner (42) to work as Roethlisberger’s chauffeur and personal assistant.
Approval had first been granted in 2005, but state police officials changed their minds after Joyner, a 16-year police veteran, accompanied the quarterback to Milledgeville, Georgia, in March this year. During the trip, Roethlisberger (28) was accused of raping a 20-year-old college student following a bar brawl at the Capital City Club.
The Post-Gazette reports that witnesses at the nightclub told investigators that Joyner did not assist a friend of the woman, who was trying to separate her from Roethlisberger.
Although the Georgia Bureau of Investigations has filed no charges against him, Roethlisberger was suspended by the National Football League (NFL) from playing for six games and instructed to undergo an NFL-mandated professional-behaviour evaluation.
The paper says that Joyner has not yet commented on the situation, but that the state troopers’ association has issued a statement saying, “Trooper Joyner has an exemplary record serving the Pennsylvania State Police. We intend to defend his rights as a trooper vigorously.”
Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger, known by his nickname of “Big Ben”, is an American football quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has played for the Steelers since 2004. In July 2009, Roethlisberger was accused of rape by another woman, Andrea McNulty. That case is pending.
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