Charges Against Bradley Roby Dismissed

By Kyle Rowland on August 21, 2013 at 7:31p

The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge against Bradley Roby has been conditionally dismissed.

The dismissal is contingent on the Ohio State cornerback's completion of a diversion program. Roby must avoid legal trouble until Aug. 16, 2014. A Monday pretrial has been canceled. 

Roby was originally charged with battery for his involvement in an altercation outside a Bloomington, Ind., bar on July 21. He was accused of striking a security officer in the chest, but subsequent video of the incident showed the security officer shoving Roby three times before Roby made a motion toward the officer. That led to a reduction in the charges, to disorderly conduct, before the Monroe Co. prosecutor offered Roby an opportunity to complete the diversion program. 

On Saturday, head coach Urban Meyer announced Roby would be suspended for at least the season opener, even if charges were ultimately dropped.

“He’d be suspended for more than one if it didn’t show that,” said Meyer, referencing the video that shows Roby was shoved. “He was there, and he shouldn’t have been there. Will he play in the first game? No.”


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ODEEZ330's picture

Bar cameras are buckeyes best friends this off season. Yay for surveillance cams

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Deadly Nuts's picture

It's insane how easy it is to just file a false report and get away with it.


Oyster's picture

Kinda makes you wonder how things were decided prior to technology being able to record things.  Not that I am an advocate for a Big Brother society, but it has worked out in many cases to show the true actions that transpired, and not just the words of those present.  A slippery slope indeed when taken in context with the Constitution and Bill of Rights. 

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Charlene's picture

You can still have 13 games to prove your value. One more than last year.

holtzy's picture

What is scary is that there appears to be no consequences for filing false reports.

Toilrt Paper's picture

If the players were intelligent enough they would know there are video cameras EVERY WHERE these days, Thus they should know not be in places were they are not allowed to be, doing things they are not supposed to do. STUPID

Deadly Nuts's picture

You do realize every college kid goes to bars.


urbanwarfare's picture

I wish Urban's hands were not so tied in terms of punishment. I honestly do not see an issue with Roby being at that bar. It was the off season and we have all went to bars in "enemy" territory. I feel as though Urban used this situation as an example. I wish we could see Roby week one.

brandonbauer87's picture

Being at the bar is okay. The suspension is a result of not walking away. 

urbanwarfare's picture

I guess you're right I think Ben Harper said it best, "sometimes, sometimes you just have to walk away."

Idaho Helga's picture

kinda like, 100% of the time.

Buckman's picture

What if you see a guy put his hands on a woman?
(Devil's Advocate)

I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.


wojodta's picture

I totally understand the one game suspension, but I'd stilll place more of the blame on the stupid bouncer. If it wasn't for him, this probably never would have happened in the first place.

brandonbauer87's picture

I understand your point but can't help but play Devil's advocate. Roby most definitely did something to garner attention from the bouncer. I can't picture a scenario where the bouncer picked a fight with him. 

nfischer's picture

I'm guessing Roby gave him a small opening and he tried to take full advantage of it.  I would love to see the video.

brandonbauer87's picture

The original story claimed there was an altercation in the bar. Roby was escorted out. He tried to go back in (for an unknown reason) and that's when the bouncer situation happened. 

Run_Fido_Run's picture

As far as I know, the claim that Roby got into an altercation and then reentered the bar is only supported by the bouncers (and/or other bar staff) already proven to have lied about the outside camera. Their claims are thus unreliable. Were these claims supported by other evidence? (police report?). 

Toilrt Paper's picture

WHAT????????? The bar was in enemy terriitory. Urban has a very good rule about this. Urban is looking for intelligent players not stupid players.

N8thegr8's picture

I agree, good thing for cameras! Seems like it's Buckeye hunting season the way these crazy charges keep popping up, only to be a bit false and blown out of proportion by the time all the facts come out. 

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Is Roby 21?

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

Nkohl13's picture

He is a RS Junior so I would assume so.

EDUGOON's picture

Salty, I didnt get a Mindy Drayer diagram for this one!!! #GOBUCKS

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westlaneavenue's picture

Don't worry everyone.  It will happen again. 

Unky Buck's picture

I think we have ourselves a troll...

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ChazBuckeye's picture

Someone's full of optimism today;-)

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MN Buckeye's picture

So, will any charges be filed against the bouncer?

luckynutz's picture

I wouldn't see why it would be necessary to press charges on the bouncer. He pushed roby, roby retaliated. Roby gets a dismissed charge, bouncer loses credibility with local police. Which in the bar business is a pretty big need the boys in blue on your side if something real ever happens.

Deadly Nuts's picture

Wow... The story on ESPN states he got in a fight. From what i've heard it was not really a fight, just an altercation. People think of a fight as multiple punches. That is just projecting Roby as a thug. Never once in their article does it say he got pushed three times previously.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge against Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby has been conditionally dropped, according to a published report.
Roby, involved in a fight at a Bloomington, Ind., bar in July, must avoid any additional legal trouble until Aug. 16, 2014, in order to have the charge dismissed, The Columbus Dispatch reported.
The redshirt junior, one of the top players on the second-ranked Buckeyes' defense, was charged with misdemeanor battery after he was accused of making contact with the chest of the bar's security guard. The charge was reduced last week from battery to disorderly conduct.
Coach Urban Meyer has suspended Roby for the team's opener against Buffalo on Aug. 31.


Chief B1G Dump's picture

Garbage muckraking sensationalism. So burned out of these guys in the media.

Deadly Nuts's picture

Haha... They changed the article...


Toilrt Paper's picture

ESPN should be sued, not the bouncer.

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

Les screw it. Let the season begin already.

Northbrook's picture

"Security Officer" hell is that?

Toilrt Paper's picture

In this case, 6-5 300# guys who are allowed to cuff a person throw him in the back seat of a care and deliver him to the police department.....and "rough up" that person on the way.

Northbrook's picture

Tarted up bouncer. 

Dougger's picture

Time to go out and play. Gettin my popcorn ready

I like football

FROMTHE18's picture

Punishment fits the crime. Urban isnt and shouldnt be messing around. As some commenters have suggested, the best thing to do is to walk away. There are going to be several instances where people will try and mess with you (while you are in college and in life in general). There is no sense in letting those people potentially ruin your life with one bad self-made decision. 1 game works for me.

raki's picture

Nice... Stay away from trouble my friend.

Bucksfan's picture

If Urbz dropps Roby's suspension, then he would have to drop Hyde's.  These suspensions seem to be more a message, "don't be in this situation or you're not going to play football here."  You can still have done something wrong even if it's illegal.
Maybe he's learned from his time at Florida?  Maybe he lost that team by not being forceful enough early on?  I don't know.  I'd like to think it's more that kids from Florida aren't coachable (trolololol).  It's tough to see our starters on the bench for things that don't really seem all that bad.  But if it means that this kind of stuff stops happening in 1-2 years, then I'm all for it.