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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, April 29, 2010

NFL: Roethlisberger's police buddies investigated

Associated Press Writer

PITTSBURGH Ben Roethlisberger has been suspended for six games, but two Pennsylvania police officers who worked as personal assistants to the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback are still being investigated, with their jobs at stake.

At issue is their role the night Roethlisberger was accused of sexual assault in Georgia.

State trooper Ed Joyner's permission to work as Roethlisberger's assistant and chauffeur has already been rescinded. The Pennsylvania State Police say Joyner "demeaned" the agency, even though a prosecutor declined to charge Roethlisberger.

A state police internal investigation is still under way, and could result in anything from no further penalty to firing. It must wrap up by mid-August.

Meanwhile, officer Anthony Barrivecchio from suburban Coraopolis may learn his fate sooner. Solicitor Richard Start will review the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's file once he receives it, and will decide whether to recommend discipline to the town's officials.