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Jerome Bettis: NFL Should Suspend Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is being investigated in an allegation of sexual assault at a Georgia nightclub, police said on March 5, 2010. Officers said the alleged assault occurred at a nightclub in Milledgeville, about 85 miles southeast of Atlanta. Roethlisberger admitted that he had "sexual contact" with the woman but denies the two had intercourse or that there was an assault. The Steelers quarterback is also being sued by a woman who claims he raped her at a Lake Tahoe hotel/casino in 2008, an allegation he strongly denies. AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File

Jerome Bettis, former Pittsburgh Steelers standout running back and teammate of Ben Roethlisberger, says the quarterback should be suspended two games over his latest brush with the law.

Roethlisberger has been twice accused of sexual assault in the past 12 months, most recently in March by a college student in Georgia.

"I am surprised," Bettis said. "This is not in his character."

"I was definitely disappointed," Bettis told CBS' "The Early Show" Friday.

Bettis, however, said in light of the NFL's crackdown on bad behavior, a suspension, "would definitely serve as a notice" to the rest of the league.

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