Police officer's ties to Roethlisberger in question

Pennsylvania state police say a trooper with Ben Roethlisberger the night he was accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old college student in a Georgia nightclub is subject to the department's code of conduct whether he was working for the Steelers quarterback or along as a friend.

Lt. Myra Taylor said an internal investigation will determine whether Trooper Ed Joyner did anything “that could reasonably be expected to destroy public respect” for the agency.

A friend of the accuser said in a statement to police that a “bodyguard” refused to acknowledge that the woman, who had been drinking, was alone with Roethlisberger in the back of a nightclub in Milledgeville, Ga., on March 5. Georgia investigators later identified that man as Joyner.

State police say Joyner had permission to work off-duty as Roethlisberger’s “personal assistant” since 2005.

Also on Friday, Milledgeville Police Chief Woodrow Blue confirmed that Sgt. Jerry Blash, the officer who took the first report from Roethlisberger’s accuser, resigned from the force.

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The Washington Redskins will move the locker used by the late Sean Taylor from the from the team’s training facility to its stadium, where the locker will be displayed for public viewing. After Taylor was shot to death in November 2007, the Redskins sealed his locker behind Plexiglas, with his helmet, jersey, shoulder pads and other belongings inside. ... Among the restricted free agents who signed their one-year tenders on Friday were Oakland linebacker Thomas Howard, Tampa Bay receiver Maurice Stovall, Dallas receiver Sam Hurd, Washington defensive lineman Kedric Golston and three Pittsburgh players: offensive tackle Willie Colon, tight end Matt Spaeth and cornerback William Gay.