Ray Small Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges

By DJ Byrnes on February 25, 2014 at 11:25a
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Ray Small was indicted last summer after his apartment was raided by Columbus police and a cache of heroin and prescription pain and anxiety pills were found. 

Today, he plead guilty to three felony counts of drug trafficking. He faces up to four years in prison and is still facing trafficking charges is Meigs County in Southeastern Ohio.

Small played for Ohio State from 2006 to 2009. He gained notoriety when in 2011, when he claimed "everyone" was selling memorabilia for discounted and free tattoos, among other things. He would later apologize to his former coaches, teammates and Ohio State fans.

Malcolm X once said, next to a college campus, prison is the best place to learn. Ray Small should look no farther than Maurice Clarett, whose life has done a complete 180 since leaving prison. I personally wish Small the best in his rehabilitation. 

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Earle's picture

I immediately thought of Clarett when I saw the headline (an unfortunate association, but at least he turned it around).  I hope Ray gets his life together.

Italics are for emphasis.

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Oyster's picture

So much potential thrown away.

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

No doubt.  Was coming here to comment that myself...

I dont want to kick a guy when he's down, but you do the crime, you pay the time...there is no reason somebody should be messing around with heroin.

I recall being at a tail gateover by the towers during Ray Small's playing days and a guy claiming to be Ray's cousin was selling his own rap CD in the lot.  We called BS and the guy had all these documents and pictures to back it up (apparently others had been down that road).  The guy said they hung out all the time.  He was also totally thugged out and based on the conversation we had, not somebody I would want an OSU player hanging out with all of the time.  Just one of things that in retrospect, make you go "hmmmmmm."

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bucndc's picture

I don't mean to rag on you dude, but Glenville is not Dublin Ohio. These kids don't grow up with the same elitist culture that you might be used to. I feel sorry for Ray. I hate to see a young guy with all that potential get rapped up in heroin. This just might save his life.

 

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Who said anything about Glenville or Dublin?  Also, please tell me more about the elitist culture I might be used to...

I do not need a life lesson, I am fully aware people come from many socio-economic backgrounds.  Even from my ivory tower, I too hate to see Ray get "rapped" up in heroin...however, he took a gamble by choosing to do so, and lost -AT LEAST TWICE. This is his second arrest for drugs and guns.

By all accounts, Ray had more chances and opportunities here than most.  He chose to not accept the positive influences and the opportunities he had at Glenville (Tedd Ginn St took him in, just like Troy Smith) and OSU.  Ray also made the choice to sell drugs, including before and after arrest.  There are plenty of people from Glenville or Dublin who have it worse then Ray but do not turn to drug trafficking.  I do not feel sorry for Ray but I do agree this might save his life, as he needed some change and to face some consequences for poor decisions.

I say once again - you do the crime, you pay the time.  There is no reason somebody should be messing around with heroin.

 

 

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bucndc's picture

Gladly,

You define Ray's cousin as "thugged out". That my friend is thinly veiled racism. I didn't want to go there but you refuse to check yourself. Read my post.

 

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TNBuckeye1421's picture

I fail to see how someone saying a person is "thugged out" is racism... You can be white, yellow,brown, purple or green if you embrace a lifestyle of guns, drugs, and various other crimes this is often referred to as living a "thug life" correct? So its okay to rap about doing it, go out actually engage in such acts of crime, but its racist to call someone out on the very image they are attempting to portray? 

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bucndc's picture

When you use negative stereotypes to describe a person you are being racist. That simple.

Write down on a piece of paper what defines "thugged out". I think that little assignment will help you understand. Obviously, Chief's definition is different than yours. He describes meeting a gentleman in a parking lot before the game. Since he didn't mention the guy had, drugs, guns and was committing various other crimes I have to assume he was describing the man's appearance.

 

Look, I work in urban DC with underprivileged kids. We do the same assignment. You would be surprised the impact that has on a child's interaction with his peers. They no longer think that calling each other the "N" word is cool.

I am not trying to bust anyone's balls or monitor your behavior. This example just hit home. God loves us all. That I can promise you.

 

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

You calling me elitist and and ASSUMING I'm white is racist.

This comment thread has gone from stupid to ridiculous. 

I do not care where you're from or what color you are...NOBODY SHOULD BE SELLING HEROIN.  THATS WHY THERE ARE LAWS AND HARSH PENALTIES AGAINST IT ACROSS THE ENTIRE PLANET!

For the record, the guy openly alluded to illegal activity and being a "thug."  His words...

 

The end.

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bucndc's picture

I have not called you anything. I would not call you names. I simply pointed out the stereotype you chose to use is racist.

Now, don't be so angry. We all still love you.

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

I don't mean to rag on you dude, but Glenville is not Dublin Ohio. These kids don't grow up with the same elitist culture that you might be used to.

Stereotype and thinly veiled racism.

bucndc's picture

Chief,

Do you ever get to DC? I would love to have you visit my kids. I think you would come away with a whole new perspective.

 

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FROMTHE18's picture

another case of being talented and losing focus.

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dc28's picture

WOW SHOCKING!!! Really, who didn't see this coming down the pike?

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BAR43's picture

Clearly this is Urban Meyer's fault... yet again he is failing players and their well being. Damn you UM...

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T-BIRD's picture

There are many things to joke about. This isn't one of them. Best wishes to Ray Small. Learn from your mistakes. Make something of your life.

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Doc's picture

Sure is sad.  Hopefully someday he will listen to reason and get himself on the right track.

"Say my name."

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MackRM408's picture

 

I guess he hasnt recovered yet

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BuckeyeNation_330's picture

I was at this game and the stadium went completely silent after that hit.

"Bleed Scarlet, Die Gray"

Chief B1G Dump's picture

I too was there and recall the crack of the hit and then the silence...

My buddies and I all simultaneously said something like "daaaang, Ray Small just got knocked the F out."

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DJ Byrnes's picture

I too was at this game, and shortly thereafter I got a flood of calls from my friend informing me my Jeep was being towed.

Fun times, fun times indeed.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

niblick's picture

I went to that game to watch Jack dot the i, and had horrible seats way up in D deck and only used them rather than sell them and rebuy better ones because a friend gave them to me.  I was literally 5 rows from the furthest point away from the field as you could get in the SW corner and that hit was so loud you knew he wasn't getting up before he even hit the ground.

chemicalwaste's picture

I remember being there to and watching that play. Just before the pass I thought, "don't throw it to small," and when the ball was in the air thinking, "duck" and after him getting laid out thinking, "he must have pissed Troy off." If you few an arrow from his feet to his head he ended up pointed right at us. That game was a shut out.

Seattle Linga's picture

Did he miss any games?

Poe McKnoe's picture

If I remember correctly, the hitter must have been plagued with the same after effects.

Dominic Jones, who served eight months in a workhouse for sexual assault in April 2007 while at the University of Minnesota

4thandinches's picture

So if that happened this year that DB would have been suspended for two games?

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

c11058's picture

Remember how much promise this kid had coming out of high school?

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kyletp2's picture

Could care less that he is an ex osu player. He is lucky his drugs that he distributed didn't kill anyone! No sympathy from me

You are lame if you tweet!

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Could care less 

So then you do care, at least a little...since you COULD care less.

I kid, I kid...sorry man, had to.

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cinserious's picture

The drugs he distributed didn't kill anybody YET! The pills and heroin drug dealers push on teens who are experimenting will most likely lead to addiction, possibly overdose, and eventually death. Former addicts might be able to get clean but the devil never relinquishes his vice completely. My stepson is in the depths of heroin and opiate addiction thanks to his no-good scoundrel of an uncle (who's doing 15 years) for trafficking.

Gone ham, be back soon...

brandonbauer87's picture

He released an apology video shortly after his arrest. Some doubted his sincerity, but it's a step in the right direction. Hopefully he can serve his time and turn his life around. It really is a shame how hard it is to turn your life around with a felony on your record. 

BroJim's picture

Sad story. Far too many black boys going to jail for drugs. I hope he learns from this broken structure and has a rewarding life upon being released.

I season my simple food with hunger

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BroJim's picture

It's true! Read The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. She is a brilliant law professor at The Ohio State University. 

I season my simple food with hunger

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Johnnycake's picture

He released an apology video for the things he said and then was arrested later. The guy is full of it.

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otrain2416's picture

Damn he's an overrated football player and drug dealer

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Ha.

Not to make light of it...but sounds like he was as shitty of a drug dealer as he was a football player.

 

In all seriousness, I hate to see this kind of stuff associated with any past/present anybody associated with the University.

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BuckeyeNation_330's picture

For as many Glenville studs that have come out I think Ray Small and Robert Rose were the two biggest disappointments, I can't imagine that many former teammates would still stand behind him after he basically dismantled the Tressel area of Ohio State football. I hate to see anyone go through this federal system I only hope he learns from this and can be a better man. But federal Heroin and Pain Med charges are no joke, we won't be hearing from Ray for a loooooooooonnnnnnnng while

"Bleed Scarlet, Die Gray"

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SPUD123's picture

Why does everyone assume Clarett turned things around?  Because Youngstown Boys portrayed him a positive light?  We Buckeye fans could list dozens of inaccuracies and critical omissions in that documentary.  Clarett is a thief and a liar.  Why are we all so quick to forget?    Want to look at a troubled kid that truly turned things around?  See Troy Smith.

 

 

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DJ Byrnes's picture

Hmmmm, so you're assuming Youngstown Boys is the only thing to portray Maurice in a positive light since his release? Lol.

Clarett was a thief and a liar, but what evidence do you have he's still that person other than your obvious bias against him? The evidence he's changed far outweighs your personal opinion on this matter. You realize he does charity work and counsels young athletes on avoiding the same pitfalls he made, right?

Change is hard for humans, and it should be lauded in the rare cases it actually happens. I'm "quick to forget" his past transgressions because he paid his debt to society, lost everything, and he's back in public doing charity and other outreach work.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Barnsey69's picture

Here-here DJ, the whole point of "Rehabilitation" is for the offending individual to serve their time and hopefully come out of the experience with a new life perspective, that does not include the poor judgement exhibited prior. Prison doesn't work for most because it just surrounds the offender with many other like-minded individuals who only add to the problem. However, some do survive the process and come out looking to be a new person, and one who can be a productive member of society. And Maurice, or anyone else who has been in prison and served their time, deserves that second chance until they prove otherwise. I hope Ray makes good use of his time in the same way Maurice did...good luck to him.

I am a modern-art masterpiece.

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bucndc's picture

I agree DJ. Clarett was a bad dude, but a guy like him can have a significant impact on the young kids. I live in DC where the first 20 minutes of the news each night is detailing the latest tragedies. Kids want to listen to someone they can identify with. If Clarett can get their ear, he can be a positive force. I am 100% behind you Mo.

 

BroJim's picture

"Quick to forget", It was over 10 years ago. . .  besides, no one is forgetting.

He went to jail and missed a pretty critical part of his daughters life, what further price must he pay?

Spud, it's time to forgive.

I season my simple food with hunger

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OSUStu's picture

I never understood Troy Smith to have as troubled a history as Clarett.  Hats off to both of them for overcoming their issues, but I don't think we are talking about equivalent situations.

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

northcampus's picture

Spend 15 minutes talking with Clarett and that should be all the proof you need that his life is now in order.  I don't know your guidelines for measuring Smith's redirection in comparison to Clarett's (I hope it's not the Heisman Trophy), but to make an assumption that others are basing their opinion on some documentary as your own basis for proving a point really makes me question your ability to make a sound judgement on another person's character.

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gm3jones's picture

Not going to be the one to pass judgement, so Ray, I hope you finally figure your life out and get on a straighten path. You still have your whole life ahead of you and can be a very successful person (and by not selling drugs). Best wishes and thoughts sent his way

There is nothing more remarkable as learning to think better.

daveyt11's picture

A shame this kid had the opportunity to use football get a degree and be someone to look up to. In fact, if I recall TED GINN SR said SMALL was the fastest kid he ever coached. 

hit_the_couch's picture

Helpful hint*

If you're gonna attempt to move weight, don't go anywhere near Meigs County. Cops pull over anyone there and find a reason to search; it's no secret what the biggest export there is.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

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bucndc's picture

Thanks Hit_the_couch

I will keep that in mind on my next trip to OU to visit my daughter.

 

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Ericgobucks's picture

I hope i am wrong, but I have zero faith that Ray Small will ever "get it." In my opinion the Clarett example is rare and does gives hope that he could change, but the recidivism rate of convicted felons is pretty high. 

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bigbadbuck's picture

he already publicly claimed he got it and we all see how truthful that was

Battles are sometimes won by generals; wars are nearly always won by sergeants and privates. Football is no different, the guys down in the trenches win the games, not the coach.            

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allinosu's picture

After contacting hundreds of former buckeyes, this the only kid the Lantern could come up with to say anything was wrong at OSU and went on ESPN as though it was everywhere in the program. Very misleading. I still hope he can get it together and lead a productive life.

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hit_the_couch's picture

What happens at tOSU stays at tOSU; Mr. Small probably just didn't get the memo. I'm sure there are a number of skeletons in the program's closet, but they should stay there.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

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buckz4evr's picture

His whole life is full of "what ifs." Very sad to see.

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BuckeyeSki's picture

From Tressel's doghouse to the bighouse...

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Seattle Linga's picture

Oh Snap...............

IH8UOFM's picture

Seemed like it was pretty hard to get in Tress' doghouse. Lost all respect for Small after that...

brandonbauer87's picture

Ray Small was the master at finding that doghouse. Uncanny really. 

Bamabucknut's picture

Facilitating the destruction of other peoples lives by selling  them drugs is one of the worst crimes I can think of.

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WC Buckeye's picture

Making the choice - that very first time - to try drugs, while it won't be in any civil codes or statutes, is a worse one, in my book. No demand = no supply.

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

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 least favorite buckeye of all time. 

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Dougger's picture

Hopefully it's a place where he can change for the better.

Not to be rude but I kind of laughed seeing the "jail" print next to his head. If it's not obvious already with his orange shirt and brick wall

I like football

BME_Buckeye's picture

"Not everybody's the perfect person in the world. I mean everyone kills people, murders people, steals from you, steals from me, whatever. I think that people need a second chance"-Pryor

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

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HighBallAce's picture

I'm sorry but this is a real shame. The man had all the talent in the world and had he dedicated a little more time to training instead of drugs, maybe things would have turned out better for him. Terrible shame.

saltybuck61's picture

I can only hope the best for Small. Hopefully he will find clarity in prison. Perhaps he can truly turn his life around this time.

redfox's picture

I don't feel sorry for anyone who get's caught selling drugs that kill people.

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osubuckeye4life's picture

I hope this is wake up call for Ray and he can turn his life around eventually.

Seattle Linga's picture

I hope he realizes he has a family here at tOSU and he can reach out anytime - still so young - plenty of time to make a difference in life.

DefendOhio's picture

This is something about America I will never understand? Clearly you have someone who needs treatment and help. Small isn't a threat to our society either. Yet, we are wasting tax payers money to throw him in jail, instead of helping and rehabilitating the young men. What good is throwing him in jail going to do?

Dayton Buckeye's picture

Drug dealers are not a threat to our society??  I beg to differ.

oh_dad55's picture

Didn't coach Tressel go the distance with Ray, suspending him several times and accepting him back when conditions were met?  Ray's father even accused coach of trying to ruin Ray's career.  People accuse coaches of being at fault when they do their best with young men who are on the wrong path.  Not this time.

Oh_Dad

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Ericgobucks's picture

I was just going to go the route of Ray's father, then i read your post. Tressel did everything possible to teach Ray discipline, toughness, and accountability. I wonder if Ray's dad was available for comment after Ray's conviction?? Was the judge trying to ruin Ray's career?? I really disliked Ken Small for his immature, petty sniping at Tressel who worked harder for make Ray a success than apparently Ken did. To have a parent publicly work against his kid's best interest is mind-boggling. Ray just proved to the world his judgement sucks and he's involved in shady stuff. I know Tressel did all he could and tried to help straighten Ray out. 

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

All you can do is hope he figures it out.  Hopefully the time behind bars will be useful for him in doing that.  Maybe in 5 years or so, Ray Small will be the new Maurice Clarett.  It's so hard to pull off the change that Maurice did, and I'm not going to be sure that Ray has it in him to do it until he actually does it.

Class of 2010.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Good news for Ray...since this story has clearly caused a lot of hype for him its pretty obvious that he'll be fading away shortly. So the ol "Your honor, my client has vanished" defense might still be in the cards.

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BuckeyeB9B82501's picture

I really feel sorry for Ray. You hate to see something like this happen. But he did the crime now he will do the time. CBDump Iis rite on tho. He, nor anybody else, should not have been involved with heroin. Here in Marion, ohio we see it 1st hand. We have an epidemic here. Its so bad that we have an avg. of 1 death a day (sometimes more than 1 death). Theft has gone through the roof, shootings, crime in general has skyrocketed. And all over this heroin. Its said here very sad. Wish they could get help but they dont want it. Heroin is bad bad news. I raise my 3 chidren (16/13/10) to stay away from drugs period, especially heroin. My wife and I talk openly about drugs to our kids so they know what not to do. We feel if we talk to them about drugs then the more they know adout them the better decision they will make when the peer pressure comes. Thats how we arw raising our kids. The more they know the better decision they will make when the time comes to have to make a decision. Drugs are bad news and especially heroin. That drug is so dangerous and so highly addictive and it kills so many people. Wish Ray the best and hope he turns his life around

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