We interrupt Big 12 Arrest Day to bring you… a MAC football player facing a less-serious charge than the previous two recounted earlier today.
According to the Toledo Blade, Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson was charged Sunday evening with obstructing official business. The charge stemmed from Johnson apparently attempting to play a prank on his roommate and teammate, Ryan Burbrink, that involved $1,500 of Burbrink’s money that Burbrink reported stolen earlier in the day.
From the Blade‘s report:
Johnson told police he saw a suspect leave their apartment Sunday afternoon, then saw the suspect appear later in the evening, and police were called.
Johnson said he recovered $1,000 Sunday evening when the suspect appeared to throw something, then found the remaining $500 outside the apartment.
Police questioned Johnson about inconsistencies in his story, and Johnson admitted he was playing a practical joke on Burbrink that had gotten out of hand.
“This was a prank between friends that went too far,” athletic director Chris Kingston said in a statement. “It is a regrettable situation for the young men involved and will surely serve as a learning experience.”
A school spokesperson, when asked by the Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune if Johnson would be facing any type of discipline from the football program, said in a statement that “it is being addressed with him. We hope that it will be a learning experience for him, and we’ll see from there.”
Johnson was the Falcons’ starting quarterback in 2013, but suffered a hip injury in the 2014 opener that sidelined him for the remainder of the regular season. The injury will also keep him out of BGSU’s postseason game against South Alabama in the Dec. 20 Camellia Bowl.
Burbrink will head into that bowl game as the team’s second-leading receiver in receptions (60) and receiving yards (719). He’s also the team’s leading punt returner at 11.9 per return while also bring one back for a touchdown. In 2013 as a redshirt sophomore, Burbrink was named second-team All-Mac as a punt returner.