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Buckeyes RB Jaamal Berry charged with assault, suspended

Jaamal Berry

Named in two alleged assaults in less than a month, Ohio State running back Jaamal Berry now finds himself on the receiving end of charges related to one of those incidents.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Berry was charged Wednesday morning with a pair of misdemeanors — assault and disorderly conduct.  OSU confirmed this afternoon that Berry has been indefinitely suspended from the football program, and will not be reinstated until his legal issues are resolved.

The charges against Berry stem from an early-morning on-campus incident Oct. 21.

Berry, a redshirt sophomore running back, was with another African-American male and was allegedly yelling at the victim and his friend, after the victim was struck by a car. The victim, who The Lantern has chosen not to name at this time, said that Berry and his friend were yelling vulgar remarks at him. After asking why they were yelling, the victim said that Berry crossed the street and punched his friend, and then punched him in the face with a closed fist.

The Dispatch also reports that a civil suit was filed against Berry by the victim last week claiming assault and battery as well as ethnic intimidation.  This alleged assault was the second of a pair of off-field “issues” Berry and the program have been forced to deal with since late September.

Berry was treated and released from a local hospital following an incident Sept. 28 that was described by police initially as an assault. Berry, however, claimed that he was merely wrestling with the unnamed individual, but was briefly hospitalized after reportedly being disoriented and confused at the scene of the first incident.

No charges have been filed in that case.

In five games this season, Berry, a four-star member of the Buckeyes’ 2009 recruiting class out of Miami, Fla., and the No. 5 RB in the nation according to Rivals, has three carries for five yards.

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30 Responses to “Buckeyes RB Jaamal Berry charged with assault, suspended”
  1. rowbear says: Nov 2, 2011 2:37 PM

    Only suspended? I can only that they’re waiting to see if he’s convicted of anything before kicking him of the team. With everything else that has happened with this team over the last year, they should kick him off the team now and I would seriously consider kicking him out of school.

  2. dkhhuey says: Nov 2, 2011 3:43 PM

    Kick him off the team right now! I am tired of these idiotic athletes failing to follow even some of the basics of rules and life etiquette. Your program is under intense scrutiny and you’re out being an complete moron, raising hell, and punching people in the face for no reason. We have a plethora of running backs and we really don’t need a moron like him causing this type of press.

  3. goblue714 says: Nov 2, 2011 3:47 PM

    What no ethnic intimidation charge? We are talking about columbus and an OSU player. Surprised he was charged at all.

  4. buckeye044 says: Nov 2, 2011 3:54 PM


    Glass houses my friend…..see Darryl Stonum, et al

  5. hooptie says: Nov 2, 2011 3:58 PM

    Could there be legal reasons why they don’t kick him off the team now? Maybe they wait for conviction or plea deals to limit liability. Not sure but the situation at LSU with Jordan J. seemed a lot worse and look where he is.

  6. dkhhuey says: Nov 2, 2011 4:04 PM

    @hooptie — I get that but where I’m done with this idiot is based on the amount of garbage this program has been walking in over the last 9 months and this idiot, not once, but twice, went out and made headlines in this manner. We really don’t another player that lacks proper judgement when it comes to their actions.

  7. rowbear says: Nov 2, 2011 4:05 PM


    That was my thought. I would think that there’s enough reason to kick him of the team now, but school would be a little different, but then again, I only played a lawyer on tv.

  8. goblue714 says: Nov 2, 2011 4:21 PM

    Glass house? Please, face facts dude your team recruits questionable character kids. UM wouldn’t let richrod recruit kids that he wanted to bring in. see damar dorsey, I believe was his name.

  9. dkhhuey says: Nov 2, 2011 4:32 PM

    Good for you blue!! We’re all very proud to know you use the exact same argument and tactic that Notre Dame does to try and make up for your team’s inept performances on the field over the last 10 years (20 + for ND).

  10. buckeye044 says: Nov 2, 2011 4:47 PM


    Seriously? take off the blue shades and do a little research.
    I think you’ll find that your program, my program and most programs all have their issues with student-athletes.

  11. steelersandladyboysfan says: Nov 2, 2011 4:50 PM

    A statement from the Ohio State Department of Athletics released this afternoon said that Berry has violated the university’s student-athlete code of conduct and will remain suspended “until charges filed against him have been resolved.”

    The news here is that Ohio State has a student-athlete code of conduct.

  12. goblue714 says: Nov 2, 2011 4:54 PM

    Face it buckeye fans the only time you could beat us, you had to cheat the last 10 years.

  13. dkhhuey says: Nov 2, 2011 4:58 PM

    @blue – keep telling yourself that if it helps you sleep on your tear soaked pillow at night.

  14. hooptie says: Nov 2, 2011 5:18 PM


    I agree with you. Both circumstances are strange, almost as if he has mental issues…that would also factor into OSU’s decisions.

    All the same let’s be proud of last Saturday and the fact that it’s been over 2000 days since Michigan last beat OSU in football…..can’t wait for corrections to that statement since technically we vacated the win last year.

  15. goblue714 says: Nov 2, 2011 5:25 PM

    Lol I love talking smack to you dilisional OSU fans. I seem to remember a certain former player by the name of mr. clarret, that made some very damaging alligations that Were overlooked. we know why they were overlooked, but that doesn’t make them not true. UM has dismissed some very talented kids for very poor choices and actions all I say is other schools should do the same.

  16. dkhhuey says: Nov 2, 2011 5:32 PM

    @hooptie – Either he has some mental issues or he is just plain an arrogant ass that still believes he is above the rules. I am leaning towards the latter since the coaching staff has no doubt been hammering compliance and personal responsibility into their head at every possible opportunity since Tressel got canned!

    I am very much looking forward to our defense, which appears to be even better and more aggressive than the last two seasons, introducing Dennard to their helmets, shoulder pads, forearms, and the turf for a third time. He hasn’t been able to finish the game, let alone harm us in the previous two attempts and I see no reason what-so-ever for him to do it this year!

  17. dkhhuey says: Nov 2, 2011 5:40 PM

    @blue – no sir, you are the delusional one! Every single allegation Mo made was investigated by OSU, Columbus PD, NCAA, etc. etc., and all turned out to be fictitious. A point that even Mo came clean on and admitted a few years back. However, don’t let that get in the way of your attempts to justify your team getting bitch slapped 9 out of the last 10 years running by OSU!

    I am incredibly elated to see we’ve pummeled you so badly the last decade that the only thing you can cling to that helps mask the embarrassing piles of smelly bile your program has been leaving on the national scene the last ten years has you with nothing else to say but touting academic achievements and Googling OSU for dirt.

    F@#$iing priceless!!!

  18. goblue714 says: Nov 2, 2011 5:56 PM

    Ok lets forget the past and face the future, I believe whole heartedly hoke is gonna bring us back to the top. The copper years all over again my friend.

  19. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Nov 2, 2011 6:10 PM

    I am glad one of our players did something wrong so cft could post a headline about us….

    Its not like we won a game against the 12th best team in the country in the final seconds or anything.

    (Dont get mad at me JT, just an observation, not a judgement)

  20. dkhhuey says: Nov 2, 2011 6:27 PM

    @blue – We still owe you a couple of whoppins to equal that disastrous era, but we did get very close! I was hoping DickRod would stay around for another 4 years so we could even it up but I guess will have to do it with Fickell this year and ?????? next year! Don’t go losing any games prior to ours now!!!

  21. kfrazee says: Nov 2, 2011 6:55 PM

    @goblue. Not sure how trading gold pants for tats is considered cheating. Im pretty sure a tattoo doesn’t give one a competitive advantage. Based on your logic, maybe Rich Rod should have had your team in a tattoo parlor instead of trying to gain a competitive advantage by practicing more than allowed. Ohio State beat their a$$ I guess because of the tats. Typical Michigan logic. Be honest with yourself, who was really trying to cheat?

  22. hooptie says: Nov 2, 2011 7:15 PM

    Ed Martin, enough said.

  23. goblue714 says: Nov 2, 2011 7:45 PM

    Yeah ed martin is the reason our basketball team literally recieved the death penalty we still havn’t recovered from that. No matter what ohio state does the NCAA won’t do anything but slap your hand, which is fine me because I don’t want OSU to go in the dumpster. Thats for the sake of our league and our rivalary. But cmon terrell driving around town in (wink wink) loaned cars, you have to own some things here.

  24. hooptie says: Nov 2, 2011 8:07 PM

    12 different cars in less than three years is not unreasonable……I mean he had a summer “job” to pay for it. I do hope the rivalry gets better, as a suffering Browns fan we had a great rivalry with the Steelers. After the team moved to Baltimore everything changed and it became one sided.

    As a grad I’m embarrassed with a lot of what has happened, especially since everything was discovered. Not sure how some guys are still around. Playing at that level with a scholarship is a privilege and not a right, something that seems to get lost.

    I do think Hoke is good for the rivalry, I hate how he says “Ohio” and not “Ohio State”…makes me want to beat him like I want every B1G team to beat Nebraska this year. I will miss RR though, it was kinda like beating a little brother.

  25. cgroverl says: Nov 3, 2011 4:02 AM

    I’m not a hater. Therefore, I give credit when credit is due. What has happened to the Michigan fans? Back in the Cooper years and before, Michigan fans were pleasant, smart, and overall great fans when it comes to football. I can’t say anything about any other teams or topics, but when it comes to the “Buckeye” issue of losing so much in recent years, most Michigan fans try to blame their losses on cheating. Cheating? Wow…times sure have changed. Michigan may have one of the top universities in the world that brings in many more smart kids than Ohio State, but they sure are sore losers. When they were the better team, they were nice. Cheating? Do the UM fans even know what they sound like? Pitiful and disgraceful…

  26. dkhhuey says: Nov 3, 2011 11:29 AM

    I for one think this year’s edition of The Game will go a long way to get the rivalry back to where it needs to be! Hoke appears to be the right man to do that from the ugly helmet team’s perspective and he seems to embrace smacking the tiger in the face by referring to Ohio State as Ohio. Obviously with Fickell, the disdain for the team up north is already firmly instilled and the addition of Mike Vrabel will also add to the intensity of the Buckeyes! Both teams are licking their chops to crush the other opponent due to very different reasons. It should be a great tussle that will end in another crushing defeat for the ugly helmet team!!!

    GO BUCKS!!!

  27. goblue714 says: Nov 3, 2011 12:41 PM

    Ugly helmets? I suppose we could have just made a solid blue with possibly a maize block M, or maize number but how original would that be? Little did fritz crisler realize what he did when he painted the maize on the dinge leather helmet, that he created the most recognizable football helmet in all of football.

  28. dkhhuey says: Nov 3, 2011 4:00 PM

    Well you either love them or you hate them – obviously, being an OSU Alumni – you know which side of the argument I fall into!

  29. goblue714 says: Nov 3, 2011 4:20 PM

    Obviously the wrong side, but hey that’s the fun of this rivalary. You think this game gets intense try having a rivalary with an in state team, where i’m around a bunch of spartan fans. My sister inlaw currently attends MSU.

  30. dkhhuey says: Nov 3, 2011 11:14 PM

    You know the saying – as an OSU alumni, my two favorite teams are OSU and anybody playing Meeeechigan. I do like MSU for two reasons – they have the same level of disdain for UofM as OSU does, AND, they are coached by a Buckeye!!!! I know it won’t last, but I am THOROUGHLY enjoying it why I can because I know the blow back is coming sometime!!! Looking forward to the trash talk during The Game week!!!

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