ATLANTA - An attorney for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has withdrawn a request for a DNA sample from the player who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a nightclub.
Ed Garland told The Associated Press Tuesday night that officials withdrew the request a week ago.
He declined to comment on why ESPN first reported the information earlier.
The two-time Super Bowl champion has not been charged. A 20-year-old college student told police he assaulted her on March 5 in a Milledgeville club.
Garland would not say whether the decision impacted the case or if charges would be filed. He said he hopes GBI's investigation would conclude within the next month.
According to a report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the GBI phoned Garland last week and told him the sample of Roethlisberger would no longer be needed.
"I am not making ... any prediction as to what's going to happen in this matter," he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
According to Garland, Roethlisberger was in Georgia and was available for a sample to be taken. GBI spokesman John Bankhead did not immediately return a phone call.
On Monday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters at the annual owners meeting in Florida that he wanted to meet with Roethlisberger about the situation.
He said he already had spoken with team owners, including Steelers owner Dan Rooney, about Roethlisberger.
According to?ESPN, coach Mike Tomlin said he has kept in contact with Roethlisberger, who was in Pittsburgh last week but did not take part in the team's voluntary workout schedule.