Trooper Joyner files union grievance

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The state police last month rescinded Joyner's permission to work for Roethlisberger as part of an investigation into Joyner's activities when Roethlisberger was accused of sexual assault in a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 agency says Joyner's presence at the nightclub "demeaned" the state police and was beyond the scope of the work he's been allowed to do for Roethlisberger since 2005.

Joyner hasn't returned phone messages.