Klein Dismissed From Football Team

By Kyle Rowland on July 7, 2012 at 7:23p
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A day after he was charged with assault and domestic violence, Ohio State senior linebacker Storm Klein has been dismissed from the football team.

Klein was arrested on Friday and plead not guilty to the charges Saturday morning. The seriousness of the charges propmpted Meyer's decision to remove Klein from the team. 

“The charges filed against Storm Klein violate the core values of the Ohio State Football Program,” Meyer said in a statement. “As a result, Storm has been removed from the team. It has been made very clear that this type of charge will result in dismissal. If there are any changes in the charges, we will re-evaluate his status.”

Klein spent the night in jail and was released on his own recognizance following his arraignment. He was ordered to have no contact with his alleged victim, to not consume alcohol or drugs and have no further acts of violence. 

The prosecution claims Klein wrapped his arms around a former girlfriend, causing scrapes to her forearms, and then threw her against a door, causing her head to hit the door. The prosecution said there is photographic evidence of the injuries. 

Klein's attorney said the alleged victim showed up unannounced to Klein's apartment to talk about their relationship and proceeded to cause a commotion. Klein then forcibly moved her outside the apartment and locked the door.

Klein, a three-year letterman, played in 38 games, starting 10, during a three-year career at middle linebacker. He was limited most of the spring because of an injury and was passed by Curtis Grant on the depth chart. 

Klein is the third Buckeye this summer to run into legal trouble. On June 2, Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort were charged with obstructing official business after urinating on the side of a building in Shawnee Hills, Ohio, the week of the Memorial Tournament. The duo lost their scholarships and were suspended from all team activies. 

Klein is the third player to be dismissed by Meyer since he was named head coach in November, joining Dominic Clarke and DerJuan Gambrell, who were each removed from the team in January. 

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buckeye76BHop's picture

Had a feeling this would happen.  Will this benefit for a scholarship for 2013 class or not (if charges are not dropped or changed and Storm reinstated...which I doubt will happen)? I've heard different stories on that scholarship...just wondering if anyone at 11w or if others may know?

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

WyoBuckeye's picture

That he got booted surprises me not at all.  However, the swiftness of the action did surprise me.  I hope this young man will learn from his mistake becasue that is a heavy price to pay.

Maestro's picture

Well, looks like the 2-deep just saw Cam Williams, David Perkins or Josh Perry inserted on it by default.  Klein was a big disappointment, but he provided depth.  Ready for some good news.

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johnblairgobucks's picture

hope the young man gets on his feet, after this string of situations pass, and moves forward in life making better decisions.  Finish getting that degree Storm.  Get some anger management. 

Buckeye1996's picture

I am guessing but our overall number just dropped by one, but isn't it too late for 2013? His scholly has already been calculated in the 2014 numbers since he was expected to not be on the team due to the anticipated graduation. I hope he does graduate by the way.
 
Edit: Storm to graduate for 2013 not 14 so no gain for us. We are just one body short. Now can we use that one to count toward the 9 scholly three year reduction?
 
Edit again: We can only have 82 per year so taking them all in one year to satisfy the three year reduction, for example, is not an option. So we are simply one body short or we give it to someone on the team that doesn't have one. I think correct? Anyone?

741's picture

I have to say, I respect the new decisiveness of the program. UFM does not waste time making decisions on whether to punish, and how severe the punishment needs to be.

Maestro's picture

Agreed.  You can't stand for stuff like this.

vacuuming sucks

BuckeyeVet's picture

Hope he can get his life in order. Sounds like it was necessary. Hate to see young men making stupid, costly mistakes that hurt him, his family, the people in his life, and his team.

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Menexenus's picture

Sad... 
Best wishes, Storm.  Hope you get your stuff together enough to graduate.

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scottynoshotty's picture

Its really a tough situation. I was expecting the staff to wait a little longer to make a decision, but i do think its good they are staying consistent in their dealings with these situations. UFM has been very firm in each instance of players having issues with the law and that has to be respected. Hopefully storm will learn from this and the rest of the team will look at the examples set before them that there will be no tolerance for these types of actions and not make the same mistakes.

Well i like college and i like football...and im gunna keep doin em both cause they make me feel good!!!

thatlillefty's picture

Wonder what his status was prior to this weekend... meaning which color was he assigned. Would someone in Urb's circle of trust been granted more than a day for all the facts to come out before getting the boot?
Tough news... hope this kid gets it together.

johnblairgobucks's picture

Hopefully we don't find out how Urban would respond to someone in his circle of trust being arrested.

btalbert25's picture

Maybe the staff is privy to more facts than what we know at this point.  Something tells me he wouldn't have just cut him loose because the charges and a story were put on the internet or bottomline on the screen.  I have a feeling the staff knows a bit more about the situation than we know here in the general public. 

Irricoir's picture

I wouldn't doubt that BT.

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

741's picture

The Dispatch article that's been up a little while provides insight as to what allegedly occurred. Really no need to speculate any more as to who was involved and what allegedly transpired.

Buckeye1996's picture

Thanks for that article. If Storm's claim is true, the charges will likely be dropped.

Maestro's picture

and if that happens he will likely be back on the team.

vacuuming sucks

Buckeye1996's picture

Yup. I am willling to bet this is what happens.

M Man's picture

Which is why "dismissed from the team" seems like an odd, finality-type statement.
What I read from Meyer sounds like "suspended, pending resolution of the charges."  Which could mean a) reduction of the charges to misdemeanor(s); b) dropping of charges, or; c) a not-guilty plea, a trial and a not guilty verdict.
As someone quite rightly said, Meyer could easily discipline one of his own players for a non-criminal offense.  A violation of a curfew; venturing somewhere where the coach said not to go; drinking or drug involvement short of a crime, but which violates team rules.  Et cetera.
That was my guess in the other thread.  An immediate suspension that will remain until those charges are reduced, dropped, or a not guilty verdict is obtained.  This timing for Klein sucks.  Maybe his attorney can get it resolved in two months.  That is short, by trial court standards.

Buckeye1996's picture

That phrase does present a resounding thud, which is exactly the messege Urban may want to send.
What do I know, but I find it hard to believe that Storm would be kicked off the team if the charges are dismissed. 

741's picture

My gut tells me Meyer's punishment will stand regardless of whether there is a conviction in the court or not.
Unless the ex girlfriend is a 6'3" 240lb amazon, or was carrying a weapon of some kind, one might take the position that regardless of how crazy she may have been acting she probably did not present an imminent threat of bodily harm to Klein. A reasonable person might further conclude that his alleged use of physical force to exit her from his home was perhaps not necessary.

Irricoir's picture

I am going to play the advocate here. If in fact there were two victims, maybe this could be the scenario. Again, this is only a possible scenario to make people think before rushing to judgment. Maybe Storm caught his girl with another dude. That would make sense to me that maybe he went after him and she grabbed him. He knocks her to the floor brushing by her to get to him. (Hence the minor DV) Then he beats the tar out of this guy earning an assault. THIS DID NOT HAPPEN THAT I KNOW OF AND IS NOT SUPPORTED BY KNOWN FACTS! The only reason I put that in print is to give our readers something to consider before passing judgment. I am most likely way off base here in this version but I don't know of many men, at least alpha males, in that situation that would be able to contain their emotions. Would it still be wrong? Yes it would, but I wouldn't blame the man or pass judgment on him for those facts. I will wait for the facts to play out just like everybody else. I just get tired of reading "Yank his scholarship" and "Bye Bye Storm" by people just like me that don't know what the hell happened. I agree there are limited reasons for why a man his size should ever have to place hands on a woman, even that hasn't been released yet. All of this is still speculation.

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

Buckeye1996's picture

He would of gotten a battery charge to go along with the assault and DV. Assault is attempting or threatening violence while battery is doing the violence. Battery requires more than a verbal threat.

BOJ's picture

This is true in a civil action, but in Ohio all criminal batteries have been classified as a variation of an assault by statute.  So if he made contact, it would be an assault, not a battery.

Jugdish's picture

I agree Irricoir. Let us all keep cool heads and hope for the best for Storm. It is a very sorry day for him and his family.

Remember to get your wolverine spade or neutered. TBDBITL

FROMTHE18's picture

I am sorry if this has been repeated but THANK YOU URBAN MEYER, this crap doesn't  belong at Ohio State, they may be 18-22 year olds but we have all been there and we all know at that point in our lives that we understood what is right and what is wrong, shame on him and I am so happy coach Meyer has stepped up once again and gotten rid of IDIOTS, adios Klein and when you tweet the hatred towards Coach and the rest of OSU for YOUR misdeeds, that you are watching us lift a crystal ball and smiling

Jugdish's picture

Cool it "Richard". The story I heard lately is that the ex came to Storm's room and caused a scene. He tried to put her out of his apartment which he should have let the cops do it for him. I trust Urban.

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buckeyedude's picture

Yeah. He should have let a couple of cops, more his girlfriend's size, lift her out of his apartment, and let them get cut up by flying/scratching nails.

 

 

Jugdish's picture

But who's ass got arrested? I don't know how to take your response.

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blazers34's picture

Man, I hope for him that he is innocent.  Like the swift action, but I'm glad that he'll be back if charges dont stick.  Either way, hope justice is served.

aj99's picture

I'm thinking these charges might get dropped- if his story is true.  Police report will provide more on Monday.

buckeye76BHop's picture

I find it funny how so many are "sort of" defending this bc we don't know the whole story.  He got charged...bottom line...he's gone.  If it turns out after the "facts" come out that he's innocent, then sure he should be reinstated, but I'm not so sure that's the case.  He's had a problem with this in the past which 11w pointed out happened in 2010 (with Nate Williams no less).  I'm not so sure I believe he's innocent until the courts rule whatever they're going to (which like our tTUN friend pointed out, it could be a longtime before it's done).  

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

andretolstoy's picture

Was my post against policy or did I not hit post and thought I did? I reviewed the policy and don't believe I broke any rules?

klfeck's picture

Not sure how you dismiss someone from the team with just an accusation. Seems like they should be proven guilty first IMHO

Kevin

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andretolstoy's picture

Sorry folks if anyone comes into my home that is not welcomed (or even welcomed) and causes a scene, starts acting wild and breaking things. I'm putting him/her out.
It's one thing to smack a lady out of jealous rage and it's another to grab her by the arm OR restrain her if she's having a fit, and throwing her out of your home. And YES, I would throw them out.
You see one is called hitting, the other is call restraining and protecting person and property. Sometimes restraining someone causes bumps and bruises. Protecting person and property is a God given right, even for Ohio State Football players.
I bet Klein got some red circles and perhaps some bruising from the hand cuffs the cops placed on him. Perhaps he should press charges for assault?  
IF what Klein says turns out to be the truth, then he is completely in the right and Coach Meyer should let him back on the team. Otherwise, Meyer has lost a lot of respect in my eyes.
IF Klein is lying and he smack this girl around for whatever reason. Then, well, then he's on his own because Coach Tressel isn't around anymore to counsel and act like a father figure.
It seems like this team is in complete control of the media outlets these days.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

I'm a half-full kind of guy and am looking forward to Curtis Grant, the Virginian, starting at Mike. Definitely been a fan since he was in high school (since we played in seperate regions and divisions) and... you know who else came to Ohio State from a Virginia school? Eddie George.

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I like Urban's actions here when dealing with this type of situation!  Swift, quick, and decisive!!!  We do not and should not tolerate this type of behavior!  However, if the story pans out that she was just so out of control and Storm acted in an appropriate manner - then he can be re-instated!  

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johnblairgobucks's picture

hope opposing coaches don't start hiring goons to accuse OSU's top players, of transgressions, have OSU players suspended before day in court, during the season.

danavh4's picture

Why do we even waste time on things like this?  What happened to innocent until proven guilty.  It's simple...the facts will come out if there is enough evidence he's done.  Why are so many of you playing the role of the judge, jury and executioner?  Come on guys...haven't you ever had a crazy chic trying to beat the crap out of you?  If he hit her he's an idiot and he's done.  Now let's talk about football for God's sakes!
 
 

Irricoir's picture

I agree man. The lack of support and hasty forming of opinions from fans that I call brother, have really bothered me. It's one thing that it happens on other team's boards but until Klein version came out, there were many more buckeyes than naught that wanted to crucify him. I posted this in a separate' update. It was a response from a Michigan fan stating Klein had the wait and see support from their team 2-1. He didn't evem get that here.

Wow, if true, he got more support on a Michigan board than he did on a Buckeye board. I am not proud of this at all fellas. I hope some of you take some accountability for your comments and learn from them. I am not pointing the finger or anything. If the shoe fits, please tie it.

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

buckeyedude's picture

I know what some women are capable of, and the courts always favor the woman in divorce and domestic violence. Men are always presumed guilty, no matter what. Just look at the responses on this board, and these are Buckeye fans talking about a Buckeye football player!
This woman may have been trying to bait him into an argument and trying to piss him off to hit her. He may have been trying to get her out, and she likely threw a fit, screaming and scratching and kicking.
If a woman comes at a man with nails(especially those fake glue on type that are usually 4" long!), is a man not supposed to defend himself? WTF?
I am with Irricoir on this one. Most Buckeye fans just willing to throw this kid under the bus without knowing the FACTS, just because he may not be a starter. What if this was Braxton Miller? I wonder what the reaction would be?

 

 

Pam's picture

You should talk to women who have had abusive partners about how courts ALWAYS favor women in divorce and domestic violence.  
The only woman I can think of that could give a guy the size of Klein a reason to defend himself against would be Holly Mangold.   

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Maybe Buckeyedude should have stated that courts usually, or typically, favor women in divorce and domestic violence cases.
Even with that correction, we might need further clarification. For example, if you're suggesting that courts sometimes fail to deliver justice to women in domestic violence cases, do you mean that these women are failing to get relief from the court (which I suspect happens all too often) or that courts are unfairly convicting women of domestic violence crimes against men (which I suspect is very rare).
Also, keep in mind that women in insane rages can do considerable damage to other persons and property without necessarily being able to win at hand-to-hand combat against those persons in her presence. She can pick up a heavy object and throw it a man's face/head. She can throw expensive electronics equipment out a window. She threaten his puppy.  
I have no idea what happened in this case, or whether it involved heavy objects, electronics, or precious pets. I say let's wait for the facts to come out. But we also ought not simply dismiss out-of-hand Klein's version of the events on faulty premises

HighBallAce's picture

I read the news about this on Sportsline.com. Man I really hate reading people's opinions of Ohio State from around the country! I'm so sick of hearing how this is a "conspiracy" and we are all a bunch of cheaters. The whole Stoneburner and Mewhort things are really cover-ups for our illegal activities of killing puppies and kittens. Everyone of our players are just a bunch of convicts who shouldn't be allowed to play. We should hire the squeeky clean St. Catholic's girl school to play for us so don't have to deal with this crap! I wonder if Greg Brady and the gang have any eligibility? WE CANT WIN!

gravey's picture

I don't like blanket policies.  I'm all for strict discipline, but the auto-dismissal invites trouble.  I can remember drunken douche bags on high street itching for a fight with athletes; and if they KNOW it's an automatic dismissal, then they can count on the player backing down. ...maybe ball players should just stay away from the public.
 

BrewstersMillions's picture

Mike D'Andrea called, Storm....he wants his hype back.

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would more obvious.

tampa buckeye's picture

I guess its guilty until proven innocent?  

FormerBuck's picture

First off, even if Storm's version is correct, he is still in the wrong.  And all you "alpha males" that disagree, please stay away from any and all girls I know.  You don't need to assert your dominance over a woman in order to prove you are a man.  It should be very easy to walk way and avoid conflict, whether it's a woman or guys trying to bait you into a fight.  If it's not easy, you certainly have anger management issues.  I was a 4 year D1 athlete and played in the professional ranks...I had women and men trying to bait me into trouble almost that entire time.  Not once did I let it get physical.  Does that make me less of a man??

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Sane punks trying to bait you into a fight are a different animal than crazy ex-lovers. I take it that you've never had to deal with any crazy people and/or people acting crazy as a result of extreme jealousy, possibly mixed with other factors, etc.? 
Otherwise, you'd know that, in certain situations, you could be totally cool, avoiding conflict at all reasonable costs, ignore repeated attempts to bait you into a physical confrontation, and yet not be able to simply "walk away." Hypothetically (since we don't know what happened in this case), maybe because a crazy ex-lover is in your house/apartment, destroying property, throwing things at you, and you're afraid to turn you back on her long enough to exit the premises.
I bring up this hypothetical not to suggest, in any way, that Klein had to deal with such factors, but to explain why the big blanket principle you're trying to establish is unsound. Again, let's wait for the facts before passing judgment. 

Irricoir's picture

Simply put, I don't know you, if you are an "alpha male", or anything about you. Asking the board if you are less of a man will only invite conflict. I am tired of seeing that here. (From a select few) I don't know which version of things to believe, his ex's or Kleins. I won't take side and I will let the facts pan out. My biggest outrage to all of this is the lack of support he was shown when the initial story broke.
Being in public or on the street and being challenged or baited into a fight is on a whole nother level than being in your home. Should you be forced to retreat or back down out of your home? If this was a male or non domestic intruder the answer would be no. What if this was some random female intruder? The answer would be no. How does this change if the woman and Storm are separated and she has no authority to reside in that particular home? My facts may be off on this, hell none of us know what the exact facts of the situation are. I know this much, I was never a D1 or professional athlete but I held a position in which my personal life was heavily scrutinized due to my profession. I had a crazy girlfriend at the time. She was drunk and we were at a friends house. She showed her ass and I would not entertain her, attempting to do the right thing. Laying on the couch and ignoring her I rolled away from her as she was threatening to do all sorts of things including calling the law on me and telling them a lie. The long of the short is while I was turned away from her she bit a plug out of my shoulder causing me to react and push her off of me. Had the law actually responded and without witnesses to corroborate my story it would have resulted in at minimal a dual arrest. Luckily there was a witness and that is the only thing that saved my ass. That is why I am not so quick to judge the man. He may be guilty and if he is then I agree that he is very sorry. Not many are giving him any time to show his innocence.

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

FormerBuck's picture

I understand what you are saying, and agree lets wait on the facts.  But even if he is found not guilty, in my mind he was still morally wrong.  We all kow of instances when people are found not guilty yet still in the wrong.

johnblairgobucks's picture

Orenthal  James says that you are correct.

jestertcf's picture

ZING!!

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andretolstoy's picture

We've always had The Best Damn Band In the Land. In 2002 we had the Best Damn Team in the Land.

Unfortunatley, I can say without a doubt. We've never been the best damn, fans in the land.