Roethlisberger read a statement Thursday at the Steelers practice complex in Pittsburgh. He did not respond to questions, saying he would let the legal process run its course.
A 31-year-old Nevada woman has filed a civil lawsuit alleging the Super Bowl winning quarterback raped her in a hotel penthouse last year.
Roethlisberger called the accusation "outrageous."
"I would never, ever force myself on a woman," he said.
He said he will fight the lawsuit while remaining focused on the upcoming football season.