Tracy Sprinkle Arrested, Dismissed From Football Team

Written July 5th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye
Well, the ol’ gray box of foreboding is back… happy offseason.As first reported by Eleven Warriors’ Kyle Rowland, Ohio State defensive lineman was arrested on Friday following an altercation at a bar.

The Elyria High School graduate is a red-shirt freshman on the football team, and was expected to work towards playing time in a very deep position group.

The initial reports indicated that Sprinkle has been suspended indefinitely; Ohio State representatives could only confirm the incident and did not make any statements regarding Sprinkle’s current status with the team.

Given the suspensions of Roby and Hyde last year in situations where there was no follow up from law enforcement, it’s not hard to project that this may be a likely response from Coach Meyer.

While this initially was perceived as a “bar fight” situation, the Lorraine County Chronicle is reporting something much more serious:

Lorain police have confirmed that Ohio State University athlete and former Elyria High School football payer Tracy Sprinkle was arrested July 4 on charges of possession of drugs, heroin, drug paraphernalia, rioting/failure to disperse.

We’ll keep this post updated as news becomes available.

UPDATE: 7.6.14 AM- The reports of heroin are being recanted, although drugs and paraphernalia are still a part of the charges according to the Chronicle. Sprinkle is expected in court on Monday.

In addition, Sprinkle was suspended from the football program as of Sunday morning, according to OSU staff. His situation will be reviewed once any legal aspects are concluded.

Additionally, the Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that Sprinkle was involved in a large fight outside of a Lorain nightclub, and was placed in the back of a squad car upon arrest.  When he was moved to another vehicle, two bags of cocaine were found stuffed beneath the back seat of the first car.

UPDATE: 7.7.14 AM- Sprinkle pled “not guilty” this morning in court, and was released on $2000 bond; his pre-trial hearing is scheduled for July 31, 2014.

According to an Ohio State spokesperson,

Tracy Sprinkle is no longer a part of the Ohio State football team. His status will be re-evaluated after all legal issues are resolved.

In looking at the police report of the incident, it sounds as if Sprinkle had a chance to do exactly as he’d been instructed and walk away from the incident, but chose not to do so.  Among the issues that this situation will create with him and his head coach, you’ve got to think that failure to do so will be way at the top of the list.

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