Ben Roethlisberger

A Pennsylvania state trooper can’t continue to work as a personal assistant to Ben Roethlisberger because he was there when the Pittsburgh Steelers star was accused of sexual assault in Georgia.

The Pennsylvania State Police said yesterday that Trooper Ed Joyner’s outside work exceeded the scope of what was permitted. They say “he is alleged to have demeaned the image” of the state police.

A friend of Roethlisberger’s accuser told Georgia authorities that a “bodyguard” refused to acknowledge that the woman was alone with the quarterback in a nightclub March 5. Georgia authorities later identified the man as Joyner.

Roethlisberger was not criminally charged. But the NFL said yesterday that he would be suspended for six games.

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