Ray Small Apologizes to His Coaches, Teammates and Buckeye Nation

May 24, 2013 at 5:39a    by Jason Priestas    

Ray Small spent the better part of his Ohio State career in Jim Tressel's doghouse, which is really saying something, becaue Tressel did not enjoy keeping a doghouse.

When his time on the playing field was up, he threw himself head-first into the memorabilia scandal engulfing Tressel and several Ohio State players by telling The Lantern stories of widespread memorabilia-dealing and preferential treatment for athletes. He would later backtrack, but the damage was done: Small was persona non-grata in Buckeyeland.

Small had fallen off the radar save for a blip when he was arrested for transporting Oxycontin in Meigs Country last year, but now he's back in the news with an, at times, rambling video apologizing to his former coaches, teammates and fans:

“My life did a complete 360 on me and I just want to talk to Coach Hazell. He was my favorite guy because he always kept it real with me. I want to apologize to Coach Tressel because he told me – he tried – he gave me many chances and I'm just here today to speak up on my behalf to say that I'm a man and I understand the things that I did wrong.”


“I just want to give out my heart to a lot of people, like my former teammates. My former teammates were the world to me and I treated them like they were nothing. To the Buckeye Nation, I sorely apologize because I'm a Buckeye for life, regardless of how people like it. I kind of got exed out from being a Buckeye and that kind of hurt my heart.”

We're Americans and we're predisposed to applaud redemption, so we'll just hope Ray turns his life around and makes peace with those he has hurt and leave it at that.

H/T: BuckeyeLurker0509



Michael Citro's picture

We're Americans and we're predisposed to applaud redemption, so we'll just hope Ray turns his life around and makes peace with those he has hurt and leave it at that.

It's so much easier to forgive those who are making an honest effort to improve themselves and right their past wrongs (see also: Clarett, Maurice). Everyone who dons the Scarlet & Gray contributes in some way to the living narrative of Ohio State sports, and things like this help to mend the little rips and tears in the tapestry of that narrative. Best of luck to Ray, and may he use Maurice as an example of how to turn it around.

Haybucks's picture

Great talent wasted due to a proportional lack of awareness. I wholeheartedly agree with Michael that, hopefully, Ray finally gets it and makes his life meaningful.

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I can't say that I was ever really that upset with him. Just disappointed.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Iwearmocs's picture

Hmmm. Small's career as a buckeye has been a disappointment at best.  Thanks for the apologies, we forgive you, now please just slip quietly out the back door.  I don't really care.

captain obvious's picture

Harsh bro,we need to remember these are teenage kids who have been told they are next greatest thing since they were adolescents.
A lot of us make bad decisions without 1/3 of the opportunities these kids get at their age.
I wish him the best.
In fact your "I dont really care" comment is FUCKED UP.
Chris Carter and Robert Smith both made questionable decisions at tOSU but since they performed on the field they are different in your eyes.

I'm a friend of thunder is it any wonder lightning strikes me

MackRM408's picture

That hit against Minnesota in '06...woof.
Im going to assume that knocked a few marbles loose and he has not regained his balance. 

Maffro's picture

I was at that game and remember that hit like it was yesterday. Since that game, me and my friends from college have never referred to him by name, but only as "The Ghost Of Ray Small."

Scott's picture

"My name is Ray Small, as you all know."

Wouldn't have known had he not told me.

Class of 2008

bigbadbuck's picture

maybe next time he should wear a name tag or a shirt with his name on it

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

OurHonorDefend09's picture

His life made a complete 360, so he's right back to being a waste of space? Good to know, Ray. Thanks for the "update."

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

osu07asu10's picture

LOL! Thank you sir, for the good morning laugh


Hovenaut's picture

So be it, Ray.

Actions, not words.

But good luck, sincerely.


We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

Dayton Buckeye's picture

I remember Ginn saying he could be better than Teddy.  He had a ton of potential and wasted it with his selfish attitude.

AirForceNUT's picture

Wait.. i thought Ginn was Teddy?? I'm so confused... :)

Aslfinch5287's picture

Sr. thought he was better than Jr.

cinserious's picture

I hate when dads act like they are better than their kids.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

Don't forget that Small took Duron Carter under his wing. Big personality + stubbornly toxic. One of the most damaging and destructive players to ever play for Ohio State.

The best highlight of Ray Small's career was when his former teammates eviscerated him on Twitter after that Lantern interview.


NC_Buckeye's picture

So not only is he responsible for his own downward trajectory but he also shares some responsibility for Carter's as well. Incredible.
My parents weren't thrilled with some of the guys I hung around with in college. And they made sure to let me know. Thanks mom & dad.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I disagree.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

osu07asu10's picture

***yawn*** Next.


causeicouldntgo43's picture

Sorry Ray, this small part of Buckeye Nation (me) is just not in a forgiving mood this morning. Some other time perhaps....

BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

Who the f**k is Ray Small?

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

dumpus's picture

"I kind of got X-d out of being a Buckeye..."
You "kind of" misunderstand exactly where you stand with the Buckeye Family, sir. 
Now properly go screw yourself, EX-Buckeye.

BuckeyeSki's picture

Your still in BuckeyeNation's doghouse and so forth Ray

Banned from BlackShoeDiaries since 2008. Crime: Slander/Defamation of Character Judgement: Guilty

Scott K's picture

You sir, win the internet today for the coolest "world's smallest violin playing for you" gif!

"There's a fine line between stupid, and....clever.  David St. Hubbins/Nigel Tufnel

phxbuck's picture

I guess he is finally realizing what burning your bridge to the Buckeye community actually means even outside of football, I don't buy it. 

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JozyMozy's picture

This image. Forever.

741's picture

My take away is this is a guy who really could have benefited immensely from the educational opportunities offered to him by Ohio State. I mean that with all sincerity and not in a sarcastic or hurtful way. Not everyone gets the opportunity to become a "millionaire athlete" in the NFL - but everyone can benefit from the process of earning a college degree. Any degree.

OSUStu's picture

In summary:

Not everybody's the perfect person in the world. I mean everyone kills people, murders people, steals from you, steals from me, whatever.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

LadyBuck's picture

Last time i checked, that was definitely not the case. Most people don't go around killing or murdering each other.

BuckeyeSki's picture

Someone's never been to Detroit....

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Jonnferrell's picture

Good luck to Ray.  Stay straight and do your best, and help others who are now younger than you to make better decisions.  You are young and have a great life ahead of you for the taking.  Being a true Buckeye means rebuilding your integrity and making your life count for good.  Hopefully this is a positive step in making your life better for you, and your family.  I am rooting for you.

"I miss Brady Hoke."

gbm's picture

Clicked on the video, realized it was 10 mins, promptly said nope not giving him 10 mins of my life. That should about sum it up.

gobucks96's picture

Still remember him getting blasted as a freshman versus Purdue.. 
Glad he found himself and hope it all turns out for the best.

Jonnferrell's picture

I thought that was Minnesota.  Whenever it was, I heard it in C deck.  Ouch.

"I miss Brady Hoke."

gobucks96's picture

Dang! You are correct, sir. Maybe I took one too many shots as well..

HighBallAce's picture

Show of hands; how many people from Ohio State miss Ray Small? Come on now.......anyone? ~*crickets chirping*~

Hovenaut's picture

That, or if weren't for the constant attitude/b.s./complaining he gave, how many of us would even have known he was at Ohio State?

Not knocking Tress at all here, but its so good to be recruiting better players....and people.


We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

but its so good to be recruiting better players....and people.

We don't know what kind of people these guys are. We also don't know if they're better players, until they prove it on the field.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Hovenaut's picture

The "Better Know a Buckeye" series has me feeling optimistic that most of these young men should fare somewhat better than Mr. Small.

On and/or off the field.

My humble opinion.


We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

FlapJackson's picture

I really resent a lot of the comments made in here. I feel I can offer perhaps a unique insight on this subject. I am a recent graduate of Ohio State (BA Economics) and have been a buckeye football fan for life. Over the past two years, I was living in the unit next to Rays in an apartment complex. 
He has had a troubled past that were all aware of, but he is a decent guy. In person, he is very kind and cordial, and believe it or not, kept mostly to himself. He is undoubtedly confused, and has made some poor decisions (even recently), but I don't think he is deserving of the hatred or mockery thrown his way. I've never subscribed to the idea of an "ex buckeye". He didn't perform up to standard on saturdays? Fine. Did any of you contribute on e field? I doubt it. He made some (really) bad decisions as a young man. Big deal.
In my book, once a buckeye, always a buckeye. He made mistakes. He knows it. And believe me when i say his life is far from glamorous (i was right there with him), but he is a kind and misguided soul. Get behind a fellow buckeye and root for him, rather than ostracize him. 
Just my thoughts, i'm sure many of you disagree, but with the personal connection i had wth ray, it pisses me off to see such comments.

gravey's picture

Stones are easy to cast at glass houses.

captain obvious's picture

Presented a lot more eloquently and intelligently than I would have but then again I didnt graduate from tOSU because they didint recruit me.
well said Flap
I dont mince word ya'll are heartless ignorant idiots for putting Ray down.
I said Ya'll because I graduated fom a SC school outside of Myrtle Beach.

I'm a friend of thunder is it any wonder lightning strikes me

HighBallAce's picture

I'm not passing judgment on Ray Small as a "man!" I don't know him personally so I don't have that right to judge him or anyone else for that matter. I've made mistakes in my life that I deeply regret. Luckily though, I have two daughters now that limit my opportunity to make those mistakes. Sometimes in life, that's all it takes is to be responsible for someone else's welfare besides your own and hopefully Mr. Small has learned from "his" mistakes and "his" opportunity to make those mistakes has lessoned due to his understanding of responsibilities he may or may not have acquired sense. The point I was trying to make is that I do not like the drama that Ray seemingly chooses to bring to the table. Wether you like it or not, Ray Small and Ray Small alone is the gentleman who chooses company of said drama. Drama that he chose to bring in to his career! As with any player, I can do without his drama and am glad that he no longer is on the team! It seems like ever so often, he just kinda wants to dangle a carrot out there so that we won't forget about him. Enough is enough! Why not just fade into obscurity like the rest of the team and let these guys who have another chance at a perfect season, have their lime-light and realize that you had your time. Now if this is Ray's last time apologizing for his actions then I wish him all the luck in life and I hope he finds "his" place in this world and not the expense of someone else's! That's the only point I was trying to make........*crickets chirping*

ATT2121's picture

I've made a lot of mistakes in my life. Thank God that they were not committed in the public eye. Good luck Ray, I hope you continue to turn your life around.


"It all goes so fast, and character makes the difference when it's close."
Jesse Owens

harleymanjax's picture

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

Poison nuts's picture


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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I'm not going to hate on the guy too much.  He f'd up a lot and I hope that he's genuinely sorry and can turn himself around.

Class of 2010.

Maceyko's picture

If everything I said and did when I was in my teens/early twenties was made public and then that was all that I was judged on then - uh, yeah.  My mom would be so ashamed!  Thankfully we grow up - most of us.

tdible2132's picture

Haha very well put.