NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell implemented a stricter conduct code two years ago to clean up the league's image of too often dismissing the off-field antics of its players.
The documents released also included graphic description of what happened in the Milledgeville nightclub in the words of the woman who filed the complaint and her sorority friends.
"I told him it wasn't ok, no, we don't need to do this and I proceeded to get up and try to leave," the 20-year-old woman told police on March 5, following the nightclub incident. "I went to the first door I saw, which happened to be a bathroom."
According to her statement, Roethlisberger followed her into the bathroom and shut the door. "I still said no, this is not OK, and he then had sex with me," she wrote. "He said it was OK. He then left without saying anything."
Friends of the woman told police that Roethlisberger's body guards, both off-duty Pennsylvania cops, prevented them from trying to find and help the woman.
Ann Marie Lubatti told police she approached one of Roethlisberger's two bodyguards and said, "This isn't right. My friend is back there with Ben. She needs to come back right now."
The details of that alleged assault were released just days after Fred Bright, the district attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit in Milledgeville held a press conference to say Roethlisberger's accuser did not want to press charges, and he would not have enough evidence to create a case without her testimony.
An attorney for the woman said she did not want to endure the media frenzy that would have accompanied the trial, but was not recanting her testimony.