07052022

Cocaine charges for Ohio State football player

Ohio State defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle finds himself in legal trouble following his alleged involvement at an Ohio club late Friday night.Jay LaPrete/AP Ohio State defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle finds himself in legal trouble following his alleged involvement at an Ohio club late Friday night.



One Ohio State football player has some explaining to do.


Tracy Sprinkle, a backup defensive end for the Buckeyes, was arrested Friday night following his alleged involvement in a bar brawl — but his trouble doesn’t end there.


The 19-year-old was caught with two small bags of cocaine, cops allege,
according to a report obtained by Cleveland.com.


Sprinkle was at the Grown & Sexy Lounge in Lorain, Ohio, on Friday when the police responded to a “large fight in progress” that included around 50 people, according to an officer on scene.


Amidst the chaos was a battle between Sprinkle and 23-year-old, Wayne Blue. The two were seen shouting at each other outside and didn’t stop when police arrived.


The Buckeye was tossed into the back of a squad car and the drugs were later found stuffed under the seat after he was removed.


Each bag weighed 0.2 grams and tested positive at the scene for cocaine, Cleveland.com reported.


In addition to possession, Sprinkle got hit with charges for rioting and failure to disperse. He pleaded not guilty on Monday and is due back in court for a pre-trial hearing on July 31.



The responding officer described Friday’s scene as “absolute mayhem” with chairs being thrown, a pool table overturned, tables and chairs broken and bottles shattered.


Blue told police he was struck in the face with a bottle by the Buckeye, but Sprinkle “denied any involvement with anything and otherwise remained quiet.”


Coach Urban Meyer suspended the Buckeye indefinitely, an Ohio State spokesman confirmed on Sunday.


Sprinkle, who was the 2012 Plain Dealer Defensive Player of the Year at Elyria High School in Ohio, redshirted his first season in Columbus and was expected to contribute as a backup this fall.


Ohio State spokesman, Jerry Emig told reporters that a felony arrest is grounds for automatic university suspension while a misdemeanor charge is up to the discretion of the coach.


The defensive end’s fate will not be decided until the legal situation is finalized.


This is not the first time the Buckeye football squad has been involved in legal mishaps — in 2010, five players received sanctions for illegally selling team gear and receiving “improper benefits” from a local tattoo parlor. The NCAA hit the school with a one-year bowl ban, among other penalties.


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