Numerous reports Sunday from Alliance initially indicated that freshman tailback Brionte Dunn was arrested over the weekend, although the specific issue wasn’t initially known.
Given the past few months of “off field” issues for Ohio State, as well as Urban Meyer’s early stance regarding representing the team well, there was a lot of speculation that this would result in significant missed time for the rookie. Early news also indicated that Brionte was on the wrong side of the law earlier in June with a minor traffic infraction.
Now, the Canton Repository is reporting that the alleged arrest was actually a citation, but has more details on the incident. According to the article, Dunn was pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt, and a routine search of the vehicle found a marijuana pipe. There was another passenger in the vehicle; both were cited and no ownership or responsibility for the pipe was indicated.
This would be the sixth player to be involved with law enforcement since Coach Meyer took over the program, although Dunn is the first to be a part of one of Urban’s recruiting classes.
Dunn is expected to see significant time in the Buckeye offense this season, particularly with Jordan Hall’s unexpected injury keeping him out of the pre-season. Reports from Spring Practice indicated that he was one of the athletes that had caught the staff’s eye due to his work ethic and “fit” in the offense.
At this time, the University is in the “fact finding” stage of the matter and could not comment. We’ll keep you updated as this develops.