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Ex-OSU LB pleads guilty to misdemeanor; reinstatement coming?

Storm Klein, Tyler Hansen AP

The domestic violence case involving former Ohio State linebacker Storm Klein has been resolved; now, the question becomes will he be reinstated to the team?

Klein was dismissed from the team by coach Urban Meyer over the summer after he allegedly “violently and purposely grabbed” his girlfriend by her arms and slammed her into a door.

However, Klein pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge. Additionally, the domestic violence charge against him was dismissed. Klein’s girlfriend stated that Klein “didn’t hit her, didn’t intend to hurt her” and that “she wanted the charges dropped,” according to court documents.

Klein will serve 18 months probation and must adhere to a behavioral contract with Ohio State. The goal, of course, is reinstatement, which has always been a possibility since the day he was dismissed last month. Trial for the case was rescheduled for Sept. 24, meaning it would have been virtually impossible for Klein to be reinstated to the team this year.

Klein’s class schedule is also set to start later this week, and since he can’t afford to attend school without an athletic scholarship (per Klein’s attorney), one would think a decision by Meyer one way or the other should be made shortly. A team spokesperson has said there will be a “re-assessment” of Klein’s status, but did not give a timetable.

Getting Klein back would be a boost for the Buckeyes’ linebacker depth. The senior started 10 games for Ohio State last season, but has slipped down the depth chart since Meyer’s arrival.

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7 Responses to “Ex-OSU LB pleads guilty to misdemeanor; reinstatement coming?”
  1. dryzzt23 says: Aug 22, 2012 2:14 PM

    Storm deserves a second chance!
    Other players have done illegal drugs, got DUIs/DWIs, raped women, beat people up, and they got a slap on the wrist.

  2. bennyb82 says: Aug 22, 2012 2:21 PM

    As a Michigan fan, it is easy to slam a buckeye player…but here is the situation, he lost his temper and slammed his gf up against the door. Obviously a bad move. but should one incident like that end a players future? When a woman slaps or hits a guy, she is considered strong willed and independent. When a guy pushes a girl against the door, he is considered abusive and labeled a wife beater. Reinstate him.

  3. dkhhuey says: Aug 22, 2012 3:11 PM

    That is one big doghouse Storm has put himself in and frankly, I’m not sure how I feel about him being reinstated! On one hand, I’m all for a 2nd chance to right the wrong, but on the other, domestic violence is NEVER acceptable.

  4. florida727 says: Aug 22, 2012 4:11 PM

    I’m with “dkhhuey” on this one. Physical violence against a woman can never be an acceptable act, and as such, a penalty has to be paid. The flip side is, does one act condemn the guy for the rest of his career/life? I don’t know the answer to that, and I’m glad I’m not the one that has to decide. Whichever way it goes, if he’s genuinely remorseful for what happened, I hope he’s learned his lesson and it never happens again.

  5. bertenheim says: Aug 22, 2012 5:40 PM

    Who is his attorney and what is his relationship with Klein? Are his services pro bono? Is he court-appointed?

  6. canetic says: Aug 22, 2012 7:26 PM

    More fake suspensions/dismissals from Ohio St. He’ll be right back where he started by the end of the week. This is all posturing. Urban Meyer got very used to it after most of his players were arrested at UF.

  7. ghengy says: Aug 22, 2012 8:14 PM

    Will he be back in time to take a nap with the team? lmao

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