Video of Roby Incident Could Lead to Charges Being Dropped

By Kyle Rowland on August 17, 2013 at 9:28a

Video of the incident at a Bloomington, Ind., bar involving Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby could exonerate him. The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the video could be "instrumental" in the Monroe County prosecutor offering a diversion program, which could lead to charges being dropped and the case dismissed. 

In a police report based on the video, an officer details the incident, writing that Roby was carried out of the bar being wrapped by people around the shoulders and lower legs. Roby was then pushed three times by the bar's security officer. On the third push, Roby was "driven back 2 to 3 feet." He then lunged at the security officer and was subsequently handcuffed. 

Sources told Eleven Warriors that Roby looked "roughed up" when he returned to Columbus the following day.

Roby was arrested on July 21 for battery, a Class A misdemeanor. The charges were reduced to disorderly conduct on Friday, a Class B misdemeanor. The prosecutor's office didn't receive video of the incident until this week, but officers were told video did not exist the night of the arrest.

There is no answer on whether Roby accepted the diversion program. However, a receipt of payment has been posted. 

Ohio State had no comment on Roby's status with the football program. 


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Boomcat's picture

I would hate to be Urban right now.

Bucks13's picture

Another video tape? 

Buckeye06's picture

Well he shouldn't get anything if Roby was provoked and pushed multiple times then "pushed back."  That's human nature. 
Not sure about this video of course but man it seems things get more blown out of proportion every day

THE_JUICE's picture

Agreed.  I know a lot of guys who would not have even had the patience to tolerate being pushed once...let alone multiple times.
With that being said, I am willing to bet Roby was probably jawing back and forth with the security officer, but I think all parties involved could have handled things better.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Didn't Urban say they have a strict "walk away" policy. Roby should never be in this position as a leader of the team, regardless.

Norwalk's picture

He was shoved 3 times after being forcefully removed from the bar in the early hours of the morning. My guess is that he is being punished more for being involved in a situation where he had to be removed from the bar than for shoving a bouncer. He absolutely should have walked away instead of having to be carried out. 1 game and lesson learned "hopefully" sounds good to me.

toad1204's picture

This is huge if it works out...  Probably just a game suspension for not walking away.  Fingers crossed.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Hovenaut's picture

Another tale of the tape, sure sounds promising.

It's surprising to me that everyone and their brother had the drop on Hyde, but the lid was kept on the vid involving Roby.

Anyone else surprised this is now just coming to light?

Talk about law, journalism and the light years between Bloomington and Columbus.

Unky Buck's picture

I was thinking this too, Hove. Too me it just makes the bar seem shady as hell. They knew they did something wrong but were trying to hide it. It's probably also why the worst he's gotten from Urban is 2nd team reps where Hyde was instantly suspended (albeit different scenarios and cases).

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Hovenaut's picture

That Indiana game should be a blast now....

(Total use of the sarcastic type font above)

toad1204's picture

This isnt at all how Mindy Drayer described it.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Oyster's picture

Everyone can go home, we have our post of the day already!

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

Unky Buck's picture

Did she make a diagram of it as well?

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Hovenaut's picture

Yes but, I thought Roby played defense....

southbay's picture

Who's reachin' out to capture a moment
Everyone knows it's Mindy

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

So your saying Roby should have just rode his jet ski back into the club? I agree, strongly.

FROMTHE18's picture

if the charges get dropped, i dont think he will miss any games

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Reading the article, if anything, it sounds like they should investigate the bouncers. They lied about not having video of the scene outside. Who knows what else they lied about? From my personal experience, I can attest that some bouncers are about as reputable as coke-addicted strippers.  

cplunk's picture

I'm also curious about the legality of the bouncers, who are private citizens, handcuffing someone involuntarily on the sidewalk, which is public property. Are private citizens allowed to forcibly put other private citizens in restraints whenever and wherever?

penult's picture

Seems like Dunnkirk Bar should be held responsible as well.  After all, shouldn't they be responsible for what their employees do at their establishment on work time, to some extent?
From what I can tell their employees are responsible for (1) excessive physical force, (2) mechanical restraint on a private citizen (surely it isn't lawful for a bouncer to handcuff someone, or at least it would require a more justifiable circumstance), (3) obstruction of a police investigation (lying about the availability of video surveillance), and (4) falsified information in a police report. The last two being the most critical.
Obviously, I'm not a lawyer. Maybe one of the actual lawyers around here can chime in?

Poison nuts's picture

I hope this works out well, it's been a wild ride.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

jaxbuckeye's picture

If this is true, charges should be dropped and no suspension. The security guard is being paid to maintain order. It's his fiduciary duty to not let things escalate. If this account is true, he should be fired!  

DaytonBuck1980's picture

Upvote for using "fiduciary" in a sentence. 

Still not giving a damn for the whole state of Michigan. 

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GOSUBUcks's picture

I've been saying this from the beginning. Tom Crean is behind all of this! He is evil from the core

Hovenaut's picture

No, no, no....he was cutting down nets that night.

Buckeye1996's picture

Roby should be free to play, if the video and the second officer's account are true.
Star football players need to be especially careful. The "social public" has no qualms about embellishing stories to get their moment of fame at the expense of football players.
If that were you or I, nothing would have happened except maybe a brawl that no one talks about.

Hockey Buck's picture

We all know bouncers are SCum and live to work out their aggression on folks deemed "troublesome" so you know this was the case, but not sure how he can be treated differently from Hyde? Everyone has to be Jackie Robinson. Not right, but the way it is. Go Bucks!

urbanwarfare's picture

Wow I must be slow today. I do not understand your post at all. Hyde's situation completely different than Roby's. as for the Jackie Robinson comparison....... Ummmm what? 

Oldschoolbuck's picture

I think Hockey Buck means Roby should have walked away when dumbasses are pushing your buttons, much like Jackie had to with ignorant rednecks/Alabama fans (sorry, I couldn't resist)!

luckynutz's picture

As someone has worked in the bar business for 10 years, I take offense to this generalization of bar employees. If you had any idea of the kind of bs we have to deal with on a nightly basis, you wouldn't be so quick to judge. When people drink, they act stupid. And the bouncers job is to separate the people who can't handle themselves from the people who can. Our first recourse is to diffuse heated situations and remove the culprit(s) of the incident peacefully. That doesn't always go the way it should. People want to argue, become physical with you and refuse to leave. At that point, you have to remove them by appropriate means. If they hit you, push you or physically threaten you, you have a right to defend yourself. Most times, people are easily persuaded to walk away when faced with being escorted out by several large individuals. Some people want to fight...we aren't supposed to fight. But if the situation calls for it, we have to do whats necessary.

That being said, this sounds like a case of someone taking their job responsibilities overboard. Once someone is outside, you are no longer in a position of power. That stops at the front door. Your job is to take them out, then if extra action is necessary to inform law enforcement and let them handle the situation. This is provocation by the bouncer, and is unnecessary and outside of their job description. At that point it becomes two private citizens engaged in an altercation. You cant hide behind your job when you instigate a fight outside of your place of employment. This is what gives people who bounce the right way a bad name. Roby was well within his rights to give this dude a beating. Luckily, he showed some restraint. The handcuffs, from my knowledge, cannot be used by a bouncer in this situation. Unless they are paid and registered security officers. And roby posed a threat to their business.

Northbrook's picture

Why was he carried out of the bar? Has there been any information on that?
Who had the video? Was it the bar or was it someone else?

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

It was likely a case of Indiana "fans" doing whatever they could to stick a pin in the OSU football program bubble. 
I wonder if there is video of whatever led to the group of bouncers holding his legs, his torso, and his upper body while keeping his head in a lock...while dragging him out.
If there was no incident of violence, and given the fact that the bar initially denied any existence of video (and surely somebody knew there was video), and the existing video shows Roby on the receiving end of violence, including a handcuffing (which may or may not be illegal in itself), along with several shoves once outside the bar...well, there may be a strong case for legal action against the bar and the bouncers.

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4thandinches's picture

Roby should only be in trouble for being in Bloomington. 
I understand the concept of walking away from a situation. But there comes to a point and time when you have to defend yourself if he is being harassed and physically hit while being escorted out being wrapped up, he has a right to defend himself.

I wasn't born a Buckeye but I became one as fast as I could. 

THEBEAROSU's picture

We need a public defender to take the case and take actions against the bar and bouncers. Need a volunteer. a OSU alum. Jump on this case.  Hyde does not need a lawyer, except against urban for suspending him for almost doing something wrong. Get over it Urban Meyer.  You were a young college student once. All you want to do is please the ncaa and public opinion . What ever you do it will not be enough. Outside of buck fans every one else is haters of the PROUD OHIO STATE BUCKEYES.  GO BUCKS.


Jack Fu's picture

Holy shit this is perfect. 1000 upvotes to you sir! (sorry, I only have 1.)

Nick's picture

As I posted in the other thread about charges being reduced, I thought they would be dropped altogether. The whole story just didn't make sense to me and sounded like an exaggeration on the bar employees part. Hope the video proves this point and Roby learns nothing good comes from bloomington, ind.

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Norwalk's picture

 I think we need to make a few exceptions starting with Kerry Coombs.

irishfury's picture

I dont agree with Roby getting a suspention. I understand a walk away policy.  Not being able to go out on the town as a college student is absurd.  I would hope my coach has my back if I did nothing wrong.  
I believe the bar could be sued as well for obstruction.  

4thandinches's picture

Exactly. We don't even know why he is being escorted out. Could be completely not his fault. And we are expect somebody to be physically harassed and just 'walk away?' 

I wasn't born a Buckeye but I became one as fast as I could.