What appeared to be a case of “college kids being college kids” seems to have taken on a much more serious tone.
Earlier Saturday, it was reported that Ohio State’s defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle had been arrested and charged following an altercation at a Lorain, Ohio, bar. While there were no details available as to the specific charges in the initial report, the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram has some of the particulars. And it’s not, ummm, flattering.
Per Sprinkle’s hometown paper, the player was arrested “on charges of possession of drugs, heroin, drug paraphernalia, rioting/failure to disperse.”
Yep, not good at first blush.
The Buckeyes have still declined to address the report that Sprinkle has been indefinitely suspended. The Columbus Dispatch wrote “that Sprinkle has yet to be officially suspended or otherwise punished.”
Head coach Urban Meyer is on vacation, which appears to be the basis for the school’s refusal to confirm the suspension.
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UPDATED 9:57 p.m. ET: Here’s an update from the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram in which my old paper acknowledges that heroin was not a part of Sprinkle’s arrest. Apparently the heroin aspect of the equation came about because of erroneous information initially provided by the police. Here’s the latest from the paper:
Lorain police have confirmed that Ohio State University athlete and former Elyria High School football player Tracy Sprinkle was arrested July 5 on charges of possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, rioting/failure to disperse.
Initial reports based on information provided by police incorrectly stated that he was found with heroin.