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Trooper appeals ban on working for Roethlisberger

May 12, 2010

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PITTSBURGH—A Pennsylvania state trooper who was barred from working for Ben Roethlisberger wants the agency to let him return to his part-time job as an assistant for the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback.

State police spokeswoman Lt. Myra Taylor said Wednesday that Trooper Ed Joyner has filed a union grievance, but he won't be allowed to work for Roethlisberger while it is pending.

The state police last month rescinded Joyner's permission to work for Roethlisberger as part of an investigation into Joyner's activities when Roethlisberger was accused of sexual assault in a Georgia nightclub on March 5.

The Pennsylvania State Troopers Association says the agency hasn't shown justification for rescinding its outside work permission. The union also says it will "vigorously" defend Joyner.

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