Tracy Sprinkle Arrested, Suspended Indefinitely

By Kyle Rowland on July 5, 2014 at 4:40p
Tracy Sprinkle
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UPDATE 7/5, 9:25 p.m. Lorain police told Eleven Warriors "possession of heroin" is not one of the charges pending against Sprinkle. The charges are possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia and rioting/failure to disperse.

Sprinkle is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, according to a Lorain jail official.


UPDATE 7/5, 6:38 p.m. Lorain police confirmed to the Chronicle-Telegram Sprinkle was arrested "on charges of possession of drugs, heroin, drug paraphernalia, rioting/failure to disperse."


Ohio State defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle was arrested Friday for an altercation at a bar, sources told Eleven Warriors. Sprinkle has been suspended indefinitely. 

Sprinkle, a redshirt freshman, was named Division I co-defensive player of the year and a first-team Associated Press All-Ohio selection as a senior at Elyria High School. He recorded 103 tackles, 30 tackles for loss and 19 sacks for the Pioneers.

Sprinkle, the Northeast Ohio All-Lake District Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, won the Lorain County Golden Helmet award his senior season, given annually to the football-mad county’s top player. He was the first defensive player to be awarded the honor since fellow Buckeye Matt Wilhelm (Elyria Catholic) in 1999. 

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BassDropper's picture

Yep, it's officially summer.

DIRECTIONER

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route4buckeye's picture

You're officially summer.

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Ooooohhh...burn.

11UrbzAndSpices's picture

Sunburn?...because it's summer?

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GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Well you're a beaner towel.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

Urban Nation Army's picture

Quite sadly, I've been expecting some news like this all summer. Something always happens. It definitely sucks though, august 30 can't come fast enough!!

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

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bucknut94's picture

Bars and tOSU football players don't mix. Most Buckeye Football players have gotten in trouble while in bars.

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dan_isaacs's picture

Most players who got in trouble were in bars.  Most players do not get in trouble, let alone in bars.

Dan Isaacs

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

He's a redshirt Freshman (sophomore in school)-shouldn't he only be 19 or 20?

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BROSEPH's picture

I was out in Akron last night and saw a huge kid with a Nike Ohio State Football shirt on.  I wouldn't have recognized who it could be, but I assumed it was possibly a player.  Whoever it was wasn't causing any problems, in fact, I saw him help an elderly lady across the street and also noticed that he tipped extremely well.  

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buckeyedude's picture

Are you sure he wasn't a boy scout, Broseph?

 

 

808buckeye's picture

It definitely wasn't Sullinger, Amir, or Braxton.. Not the best of tippers

A Cat Named Pickles

sivaDavis's picture

I just screamed "God dammit Tracy!" at work and when people came over to me to ask if I was okay I had to explain that I screamed loud as hell because a 20 year old kid I have never met got arrested. Kinda got weird. Even weirder when I had to explain to my boss how I found out...

ElevenWarriors > Luxury invoices.

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

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osu407's picture

Was/is he an end or a tackle for us?

Deadly Nuts's picture

Welp... this is the second incident this summer. Hopefully no more after this, although i'm expecting some. I'm also prepared for the emotional collapse if one of our stars gets suspended of seriously hurt.

LEBRON

swainpm's picture

Afraid to ask but what was the first incident of summer?

Deadly Nuts's picture

Smith flipping his car.

LEBRON

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Toilrt Paper's picture

Most college students have fake IDs. A burgeoning business around college campuses.

johnblairgobucks's picture

Was he up in Akron partying with new Zip Marcus?  Sprinkle not old enough to purchase booze, so why be in bar?

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TheBadOwl's picture

Sprinkle not old enough to purchase booze, so why be in bar?

Clearly you've never been to any campus bars ever, especially not the ones that the football players frequent.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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avail31678's picture

Well it looks like he was arrested in Lorain?  No OSU campus bars there...

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TheBadOwl's picture

I was replying to the part of his comment that said "Oh he shouldn't be drinking in a bar if he's underage" considering that it's something that happens countless times every weekend in Columbus.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

johnblairgobucks's picture

Well clearly some bad habits by members of the football team are reaping their rewards.

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UrbanBuckeye's picture

Weird DE trend. First it was Spence, then it was Marcus, now it's Sprinkle.

In Urban We Trust!

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cinserious's picture

Don't forget Se'Vonn Pittman from the 2012 class.

Gone ham, be back soon...

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AeroBuckeye2001's picture

The Ohio State University Class of 2001
BS Aero & Astronautical Engineering

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DannyBeane's picture

All I have to contribute is, "God damn it...."

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

And if recent history has proven anything, getting out of Urban Meyer's doghouse is incredibly difficult. Let's hope he learns from this and gets back into good graces.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

Wesleyburgess1's picture

Nope I hope he goes and plays with his friend Jamaal Marcus. Cornell can have his scholarship.

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edr4225's picture

lets go bucks!!

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Northbrook's picture

Sure would be nice to get through one off season without one of these incidents. 

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Poison nuts's picture

Sometimes you wish that you could take your wisdom as a grown man & implant it into these kids brains, but the fact is this: these are kids who will make the decisions & mistakes that kids make. Drinking while at a bar always has the potential to go south but you can't really tell anyone that. People usually have to learn the hard way. I'll be hoping he doesn't get tossed off the team as everyone is entitled to a mistake & nobody is perfect for sure. It would be really nice if this were the worst thing to happen this summer...Could somebody get the damn Flux Capacitor fixed up & fast forward us to the season...please?!

Edit: OK - I wrote this earlier thinking he'd been in a bar fight. Heroin or narcotics...no sympathy on that. I mean try to help him if you wish, but my statement of hoping he get's a pass & stays on the team is no longer valid.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

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chemicalwaste's picture

Well said. I wish I wasn't as dumb when I was younger as this. I wasn't much different. But I know I wasn't about to listen to anybody back then. Then I had to listen to a couple of judges, one of which I knew personally. Then it hit home. Hopefully he gets it straightened around faster than some people do.

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dabuckeyemike's picture

I Am 31 Years Old And Never Been In A bar Fight.Why Are These Knucklehead KidsPutting Themselves In these situations?

Bellevue Buckeye. the Most Important Play Of The Game Is Punt.

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DannyBeane's picture

It could be other knuckleheads want to start shit with them since almost any retaliation the OSU players do will get them into more trouble.

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Buck Commander's picture

Best way to fix it......stay the hell out of bars........period!

Every time I set my DVR to record Biggest Loser......It always records Wolverine Football Games!

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

Agree Buck!  I've said it before and I will say it again: A scholarship offer should have a "no bar clause" in the offer.  No athlete should be patronizing a bar, even if they are of legal age.  Nothing good ever happens in a bar.  These young men are getting a FREE EDUCATION.  Small price to pay for a free education or an NFL career.

Marc Pocock (a.k.a NuttyBuckeye)

You can take the man out of Ohio, but you cannot take the Ohio out of the man. Go Bucks!!

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Olentangy's picture

should they not drive a car too? or not talk to females? jeez dude you are advocating for indentured servitude. god forbid an 18yo kid make a mistake. believe it or not, these football players are human beings. since i received an academic scholarship at this university, should i have been forced to sign a 'no bar clause'? not to mention your last 5 comments have mainly been about buying cases of beer for yourself to consume. take your #HOT #TAKES elsewhere. this is troll slop.

How firm thy friendship

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Sims_tOSU's picture

Yes he is am 18 year old kid. But they fact of the matter is that everyone knows when drunk people see am OSU player or any player at all they are going to try and draw attention to themselves and something bad is going to happen. It's not about that he was underage or anything like that but I'm sure the TEAM wouldn't want him in a bar by a bunch of drunks ready to cause trouble. Especially if your not in columbus bc maybe some people there aren't exactly fans of OSU so they want to cause trouble. (Ex. Roby was In Indiana I think). So if your getting a full ride to play on one of the best teams in the country then you just need to know what's "smart" and what's "risky" 

Zack Sims

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

Olent... Wow - what a turd... Forgive me for voicing my opinion here, last time I checked, this is the US and I have a right to my opinion and not be called out like you did.  Show some class.

If I were blessed enough to have recieved a full-ride to play a sport, I would have no problem with a few "strings attached" scholarship.  These young people are being given an opportunity that costs $80,000 and upwards for any other student.

Also, don't put words in my mouth.  I never said they shouldn't be allowed tro drive.  Maybe you need to go back to school to learn NOT to make assumptions.  You know about the word assume, right?

I know these young people are human, they are also student athletes and they are being given an opportunity many students are not offered - a free scholarship.  They also represent the university and like it or not, they are ambassadors for the university.  They need to be held to higher standards than the rest of the average student body.  A small price to pay for a free ride, don't you think?

Also, about the beer, this is a dead time, pal.  How many other posts have been non-football related?  Go jump on those posters, as well.

Marc Pocock (a.k.a NuttyBuckeye)

You can take the man out of Ohio, but you cannot take the Ohio out of the man. Go Bucks!!

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Olent... Wow - what a turd... Forgive me for voicing my opinion here, last time I checked, this is the US and I have a right to my opinion and not be called out like you did.

Your 'right' doesn't prevent others from exercising their right to disagree with your opinion.

Show some class.

Really? After you just called someone a turd?

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osupolo's picture

I love summer holiday weekends,  but I am starting to have to cringe to check 11w. First it was the Memorial Day Buckeye curse, hopefully it's not taking over the Fourth of July.  

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BroJim's picture

We all knew this had to happen.

I season my simple food with hunger

buckeyedude's picture

It doesn't have to happen. Choices.

The bar thing is kind of irrelevant if he was caught with heroine. That's a major thing.

 

 

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Crimson's picture

He was caught with a heroine?  That's pretty cool.  I hope we keep him

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buckeyedude's picture

You're welcome....for the perfect setup.

 

 

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buckeyeboy31's picture

Has Mindy Drayer checked in with her two cents yet?  If not I'll wait for that......

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JBUCKEYE77's picture

Most of these incidents occur when a person who has become "alcohol brave" and decides he has an issue with a big time football player, for whatever reason. You get the competitive juices in most of these guys flowing and it's becomes hard to turn and walk.

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nfischer's picture

Yeah well he shouldn't have taken his drug paraphernalia with him then.

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FitzBuck's picture

This is another reason why fall is better than summer.  Other reasons include football back on TV, foliage on 315 and perfect suit weather.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

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MJT's picture

Now it's being reported as possession of drugs (heroin) and drug paraphernalia - not good for his chances of staying on team, if true. http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/07/05/former-ehs-football-player...

"Paralyze resistance with persistence."  -Woody Hayes

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bsodders's picture

Nice knowing ya Mr. Sprinkle if this is true!  WOW. http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/author/mlinebrink/

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Seattle Linga's picture

Sometimes I really hate the offseason

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36buck's picture

OMG! Heroin???  If true. Get the blank out of here.  I'll give you one pass on the drinking and mary jane.  But heroin--NEVER.

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FROMTHE18's picture

No sympathy. The conditions are very clear: don't be a moron. 

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DJ Byrnes's picture

Lorain is truly Little Marion.

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

Boom777's picture

How can Marion be worse than Lorain!!!

Wherever you are, there you be!

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DJ Byrnes's picture

Lorain doesn't sit between Detroit and Columbus.

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

HighBallAce's picture

Ok I know this is ignorance on my part but I keep hearing Marion is bad for drugs. I even have a buddy who is the swat commander and he says it's horrible but I've never seen any evidence of it.......not that I've ever looked for it but I've just not seen it

cinserious's picture

I've never been to Marion but at least once a week on the local Columbus news, there is mention of some kind of drug bust there, SWAT team involvement, or something along those lines. Sounds to me like a weigh station for drugs between Detroit and Columbus. 

Gone ham, be back soon...

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buckeyedude's picture

I know this is ignorance on my part but I keep hearing Marion is bad for drugs

I think what you meant to say is "Marion is good for drugs."

 

 

Rjpfish2's picture

Heroin...doesn't get much worse than that garbage. Here's to hoping Tracy gets his life turned around. Who doesn't get mixed up with alcohol in some fashion prior to turning 21? The real problem is the drugs.

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Becool12's picture

Wow... Heroin is no joke. Idk if he intended on selling it, but regardles of the intent, this situation is horrible for Tracy, his family, and OSU football. I hope he is able to get some sort of help or rehab. 

36buck's picture

If heroin, I hope a long jail sentence.  that stuff ruins lives immediately.  and ruins families.  no passes if true.

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HattanBuck85's picture

That is one of the DUMBEST things I have read. A LONG jail sentence? Is that how you would handle it? That wouldn't solve a thing, buddy. 

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." - Woody Hayes

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TheBadOwl's picture

Drug addiction is a disease, and jailing him for a long time will do more harm than good. If he has a problem, get him into rehab and help him get his life back together.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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nm_buck's picture

Drug addiction is a disease, and jailing him for a long time will do more harm than good.

Yeah. Right.  A disease caused him to buy that junk.

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cinserious's picture

Drug addiction IS a disease but its completely self chosen. DO you think with the drug education out there now days people don't know to stay away from that shit? People have to know. The family members are the real victims here, not the assholes who chose to 'party' on that crap!

Gone ham, be back soon...

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osu07asu10's picture

Your comment shows that you really have no idea about addiction

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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buckeyedude's picture

Drug addiction is a disease,

Wrong. A wise man named Tommy Lasorda, former baseball coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers once said, "Drug addiction is NOT a disease, it's a weakness."

One doesn't "choose" to get cancer, which is most definitely a disease. But doing heroin, or coke or whatever is most certainly a "choice" and not a disease. It's an addiction.

Some other great quotes from Tommy Lasorda:

"There are 3 kinds of people in this world: people who make it happen, people who watch what happens, and people who wonder what happened."

"About the only problem with success is that it does not teach you how to deal with failure."

"Pressure is a word that is misused in our vocabulary. When you start thinking of 'pressure,' it's because you have started thinking of failure."

 

 

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TheBadOwl's picture

Tommy Lasorda is great and everything, but he's a baseball manager, not a doctor. Medically speaking, drug addiction is considered a disease.

I get what people here are saying, if you avoid drugs, you won't get addicted to them. But if you do end up getting addicted, it's almost impossible to stop, especially when you're talking about the heavier drugs.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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buckeyedude's picture

Don't be an enabler.

 

 

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Tommy Lasorda is great and everything, but he's a baseball manager, not a doctor. Medically speaking, drug addiction is considered a disease.

...by some in the medical community. Another part of the same community does not consider it to be a disease.

rdubs's picture

Whereas jail is well known for being great for lives and families!!

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D-Day0043's picture

Alcohol kills more people and ruins more lives than heroin, yet it's legal. Withdrawal from alcohol can actually kill you, while heroin withdrawal won't. Granted, heroin overdose can kill you instantly, but alcohol can as well in different fashions. Anything abused can be harmful. 

I am D-Day0043 and I approve this message.

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sivaDavis's picture

Well with all this new information coming out, hard to see anyway of him coming back... If it's a drug problem, hope Tracy gets the help he needs. If it's just bad decisions then I hope this is a huge wake up call for the young blood. Can't be that dumb with all the opportunities you worked for right in front of you. Long days, two a days, work outs, combines, traveling, visits, etc. All the time you put in, the grinding and striving, can all of a sudden amount to nothing really quick.

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

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Hayze's picture

People saying "see ya" or "buh-bye" and stuff like that..this kid needs help. I don't think he'll be on the team but hopefully Urban and the coaches can help him get the help he needs. This stuff ruins lives.

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TheBadOwl's picture

Our society and our legal system have a problem in how they treat drug addicts. They treat it as a crime instead of as a disease that should be cured.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

11UrbzAndSpices's picture

Therein lies the problem, it is a disease (more or less), but if you don't want cured then you won't. Some people addicted to drugs just don't want help, lock them up and throw away the key.

I should stop, my inner psychologist and dumbass-hater are hurting my brain

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TheBadOwl's picture

Alcoholism is a disease as well, and many of them don't want help. Should we throw them into jail as well?

I get it, simply by possessing heroin, he's breaking the law. But substance addiction is a disease and should be treated as such. Areas where drug addicts are being sent to rehab instead of to prison have much lower rates of violent crime and drug addiction. Treating it as a disease, and attempting to heal them helps society, plus it lessens the burden on prisons. 

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

I'm sorry but I don't buy that drug addiction and alcoholism are diseases.  It's not like I will become a heroin addict tomorrow because I caught the was exposed to a heroin addict and caught the disease.  These are personal habits or choices.  They can act like a disease because of the dependency they cause, but they - to me - are not a real disease like cancer, polio, or measles...

We make too many excuses for people today because of being politically corret.

Like not cutting kids from Little League teams and giving participation trophies to every team...

Marc Pocock (a.k.a NuttyBuckeye)

You can take the man out of Ohio, but you cannot take the Ohio out of the man. Go Bucks!!

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11UrbzAndSpices's picture

Why do online debates always lead back to the 'pussification of America?'

It's a disease in this way: I've drank before, I then stopped drinking. I don't need it to cope or anything. I work with homeless veterans with addiction problems. Some of them do now know how to function without alcohol. They have one drink, they have a dozen drinks. They can't get up and face the day unless they have a drug in their body to 'help' them.

It's something you can't understand unless you have gone through it. People act like they could just become a heroin addict and just stop. Please tell me about all of your friends who tried to quit smoking but can't do it, and I'll tell you about how heroin is just as addictive.

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nm_buck's picture

"It's not my fault"

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D-Day0043's picture

People with the disease are predisposed to addiction. It's kind of like an allergy. The allergic reaction doesn't start until it is ingested. Once ingested the symptoms are that the person increase dosage and use repeatedly. Kind of like a peanut allergy, you don't know you have it until you ingest it. 

Yes, staying away from drugs and alcohol and never triggering the disease is the best defense. But that doesn't mean that a person who has never drank or used doesn't have the disease. If triggered, they could become addicted very easily.

Some people can simply use and put it down when they want. They do not have the disease. The person with the disease puts a substance in their body and they want more and more. 

I am D-Day0043 and I approve this message.

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Buckifan4Life's picture

Nuttybuckeye,...it's the woosification of America.  By the way, Tiger Woods has a sex addiction according to the "medical community",  does anybody REALLY believe that?  He was more like an opportunist.  Furthermore,  alcohol is allowed to destroy lives because the Government rakes in tax dollars from it. Abuse of alcohol is no better than anynother drug imo.

I hope Sprinkle gets the help he needs. I don't think he will be on the roster if the charges stick. He made some poor decisions and maybe poor decisions are in and of itself a disease.  

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11UrbzAndSpices's picture

My honest opinion? All drugs should be completely legal and if you poison yourself to death then that's on you. I'll never understand how alcohol is legal and marijuana isn't...how magic mushrooms are illegal and stuff in the supplement industry is not.

It's a complicated topic that will in no way ever get solved on a sports message board. I get what you're saying, jails are bogged down by freakin weed dealers and we have a terrible criminal rehab system, probably worst in the world. That's how it is in the land of the free, instead of stealing and getting a hand cut off, you do 30 days in jail. One way works much better, one way is much more sensible.

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Deadly Nuts's picture

All drugs should be completely legal and if you poison yourself to death then that's on you.

Yeah, great fucking idea. Let's have a bunch of meth-heads and drug lords running around the streets of  America, it would be amazing for the communities.

LEBRON

clogan1032's picture

Not that I agree with his logic but there wouldn't be drug lords, the market would correct that problem. But many more would arise. 

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Findog5's picture

Guess we have one more open spot for a recruit. If heroin, bye bye. 

NCFinn

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Boom777's picture

You posted sum 50 seconds before me!!! Haha great minds think a like

Wherever you are, there you be!

Boom777's picture

So I guess we have an open spot...just looking at the bright side. This young fella needs some help

Wherever you are, there you be!

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OnlyOne's picture

I hope this youngman is able to understand he needs help and is humble enough to get it.  Football is not important at this point.  This is when the idea of family Mr. Elloit spoke of is important.

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Kid Buckeye's picture

Heroin, he doesn't need football..he needs drug rehab.

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DJ Byrnes's picture

Agreed. If he was selling it, I really have no sympathy and the dead weight should be cut. If he was using, however, I do have some sympathy because the young man obviously has some massive problems in his life.

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

buckeyedude's picture

If he was using, yes he has problems he has to deal with DJ, but I don't think Urban can or will give him time to rehab.

 

 

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actionstanleyjackson's picture

Can't keep a guy with ties to herion in the program. He has to go.

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

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FitzBuck's picture

If he uses Herion he needs to be removed from the university and put into a rehab facility ASAP.  This kid just needs to focus on getting away from that shit before it's too late.  Once clean hopefully the university will help him get his life back together.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

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Taspra's picture

Pretty sure he will be off the team if all this is true. I find it really sad and feeling sorry for the kid. He had an older brother that was shot and killed. I thought he was working hard not to fall into the same traps.

He actually mentored one of my co-workers sons while he was still in H.S and by all standards seemed like a really good kid. I pray he is able to get his life together and find some sort of peace.

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Hovenaut's picture

Damn.

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

sivaDavis's picture

I'd rather have Tracy Sprinkle get help and be able to seize all of the opportunities in front of him than to just brush him aside and say "Oh well this opens up a spot for another recruit." Feel like we're no better than schools who oversign and greyshirt or force players out for new ones. We should wait and try and see what's going on fully before we ride the kid off. Can't believe some of the comments. If he was selling it than that's an entirely different story. But if he is using then he needs help. No other way around it. We should all realize that.

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

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Deadly Nuts's picture

Do you want heroin floating around the program with a chance of getting other athletes in trouble? Nope.... He needs to be removed from the team, hopefully he can find some help.

Maybe if he gets his life back on track he can go have a successful career in the FCS or SEC.

LEBRON

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sivaDavis's picture

I'm not saying that. What I'm saying is the equivalent of the last thing you said. If he's using then he needs some help and the coaches should let him know this and then go on to getting him said help. Now if he is selling, like I said before, that's an entirely different story.

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

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seafus26's picture

I'm a maybe, depending on conditions on your second chance idea. I don't like the thought of bailing or throwing him out like trash. If he didn't sell, it would involve him getting treatment while removed from the university for a year. IF he's allowed back, at least the first year is on his dime as a walk on. He'd have to re-earn a roster spot and then if deserving, his scholarship back.  If he's clean, he should have no problem with the athletic part. As for financing his own schooling for however long he's not a scholly, he'd have to do like most every other student and save up some money before coming back to school and get student loans

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

Dougger's picture

Regardless if he's using or selling, heroin is a terrible, terrible drug. Just because he's not selling it to our players it doesn't make it ok to sell to other people. A drug that ruins lives. 

I like football

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Holtz's picture

I think the scariest thing in all of this is how could the entire team not know he was either doing or dealing heroin? 

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

did the whole team say they didn't know?

Patriot4098's picture

Heroin? That's a no-go. I say pull his scholie. That's just embarrassing.

"Evil shenanigans!"     - Mac

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Buckeyemoflo's picture

If this is heroin, I feel bad for the young man.  Here is hoping that he gets some quality help.

osu407's picture

I wouldn't have even imagined it was medically possible to play football with a heroin habit.  

+2 HS
buckguyfan1's picture

Bummer.  Get him help and keep recruiting top D linemen.  Sweat please.

Grayskullsession's picture

"if irony were made of strawberries, we' d all be drinking a lot of smoothies right now."

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warosu's picture

WTF? I would kill for his place! SMH.Young stupid mfers.!

11UrbzAndSpices's picture

And then your scholarship would be pulled because you killed someone.

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Deadly Nuts's picture

I was just about to comment that....

LEBRON

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rdubs's picture

This is about Josh Gordon, but pretty much the same thing applies here:

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cinserious's picture

LeCharles Bentley is a beast!

Gone ham, be back soon...

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hardkorethree's picture

Hope Tracy is able to get the help he needs seeing as how it is heroin.  Unfortunately for Tracy, I believe the scholarship needs pulled, and given to a walk on senior that has earned it. Hate to see it for him, but I imagine this offense could take him off the team

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toad1204's picture

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

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Northbrook's picture

Heroin? Hmm, I want to hear from the defendant side.

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Buckeyemoflo's picture

How long until E$PN gets ahold of this and tries, yet again, to smear tOSU and Urban?  

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Northbrook's picture

There will probably be Aaron Hernandez references from some idiots.

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TheBadOwl's picture

A player at a top-10 football program gets arrested for possession of heroin and other charges, and plays under a coach who formerly coached one of the most misbehaved teams in the history of college football. In all likelihood, it will not be a smear job by ESPN, they'll simply report the story, and it's a huge story.

Now, if one of their pundits goes and writes a column about Urban losing control, that's a baseless smear job. But I know I'm going to be facepalming when someone goes nuts in the forum over ESPN simply having a story about this.

EDIT: Also, fuck man, let's not make this about ESPN, the kid got caught with freaking heroin. I think we should be a bit more concerned about Tracy's health than we should about how the fucking media covers it.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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Buck Commander's picture

Hate to say it but he must go and go he shall.......no sympathy for someone who has the biggest and best opportunity in the palm of their hands and they illegally shit it away.....selling,using....Doesn't matter it is illegal and embarrassing to the best college in the world......THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY!!!!    Have more pride!

Every time I set my DVR to record Biggest Loser......It always records Wolverine Football Games!

clogan1032's picture

Out of curiosity where do you stand on under age drinking charges? Do we still paint with the broad stroke?  

Buckeyeneer's picture

Holy shit! Heroin?!

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes
THE Ohio State University

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Gfunk61's picture
His Mugshot taken 7/4/14
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mtrotb's picture

Looks like a thug.

mtrotb

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Deadly Nuts's picture

I wouldn't look too happy if I just got arrested.

LEBRON

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irishfury's picture

This is extremely racist no place for this.

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crusher's picture

How exactly calling someone a thug racist? That term describes ANYONE that looks like a criminal or violent person. It doesn't describe race at all. If you associate the word thug with a black person it seems like person that has racial issues is you. By the way Tracey doesn't look like a criminal or a violent person, he looks like a normal kid.

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men

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irishfury's picture

Did you not read what he said?  He LOOKS LIKE A THUG.  He didn't say.  He is a Thug.  Very different.  So besides his face and hair what else could give the idea that he was a thug?  Cause that makes no sense to me.

bucknut94's picture

I need to rephrase my  comment. The large majority of Buckeye football players do not get in trouble. Those few who get into trouble is from going to bars.

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buckeyedude's picture

I'm just going to try to extrapolate what you said. So doing heroin is OK as long as they stay out of bars? Got it.

 

 

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Deadly Nuts's picture

Read the article.....

LEBRON

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bleedscarlet's picture

Ugh...

I'm too drunk to taste this chicken

tracyre's picture

just breaks my heart...

Dougger's picture

Sad that to continue to be associated with him would be considered extremely negative by the media. Maybe there's a way for the university to get him counseling/help. Very sad. 

I like football

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TheBadOwl's picture

As far as I know, OSU offers addiction counseling for students, but I could be wrong about that.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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JJHerman's picture

If selling, he was using. If using, he was probably selling. understood? I heard some doctor saying heroine is a misunderstood drug. That many people can use it and not get hooked. 

Not really relevant to sprinkle, just saying, that's probably why he could use that crap and still maintain on the team. 

PowerfulPrimates are powerful....

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Poison nuts's picture

There are plenty of heroin dealers who don't use & plenty of users that don't sell. Granted, it may be more likely that if he was selling, he may have used before, but your statement is a generalization with no basis in reality.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

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clogan1032's picture

That is bad logic and completely unfounded. And anyone who has ever listened to Master P knows, you never get high on your own supply.

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cinserious's picture

Mouse-ter P

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Gone ham, be back soon...

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KINGBUCKEYE419's picture

That's too bad. Hope he gets back on the right track. Kid had a bright future he needs a strong support system. Best of luck to him and hope he finds better things to do with his time than this.

Crimson's picture
I shouldn't come to this site in the summer.

Well, umm, I don't know.

+6 HS
buckeyedexter's picture

Heroin!  WTF even happen to just smoking a little weed? Someone skipped the experimenting phase and went straight to junky.

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brandonbauer87's picture

Issues or not, he wouldn't have this many people sticking up for him if he wasn't an OSU football player. Once you're hooked, you need help. The stupid decision is getting hooked. 

If the charges stand, he won't be playing in The Shoe. 

TheNorthernBuckeye's picture

Other than ruining his life further are there any repercussions to just cutting the scholarship? These are some pretty serious charges. We're trying to win titles and can't afford distractions. 

"You're an angry football team, and I'm proud to be your coach." - UFM

AngryWoody's picture

If Tracy Sprinkle is mixed up with heroin he needs all of our support right now. I'm not saying it is OSU's responsibility to make sure he never uses again (if that's what he was doing) because that is unfair to the university, but with all the resources OSU has I'm interested to see exactly how they handle this situation.

Our Honor Defend!

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Shit just got real with heroine involved! 

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

teddyballgame's picture

In case you guys didn't see the update at the top...

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DJ Byrnes's picture

thankfully it appears the heroin was wrong, which makes sense because the last thing you want to do on heroin is riot. (or so ive been told)

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

Damonbuckeye's picture

How did heroin even mixed up in this story if he didn't have any on him???

+2 HS
clogan1032's picture

Apparently you have never been in a riot in Marion

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cajunbuckeye's picture

If I'm going to a riot, I'm going to smoke crack....

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

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Northbrook's picture

Some cops would charge you for rioting for talking loud and raising a hand above your waist.

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Fatpants's picture

Nothing good happens in Lorain. Period. 

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Now that "heroin" and "heroine" are out of the picture, just to clear up:

heroin= bad, very, very fucking bad.

heroine=the principal or leading actress in a film. Presumably good.

+13 HS
Deadly Nuts's picture

The outrage about this album was fucking hilarious.

LEBRON

+5 HS
11UrbzAndSpices's picture

My first attempt at embedding a tweet...

Are people going to put away their torches and pitchforks until all the facts are out or naw?

(naw)

+6 HS
osu407's picture

This is getting a bit confusing. I think I'll wait for the full story before I believe anything beyond him getting arrested. 

However, the poor kid may have had his name dragged through the mud (albeit for only about three hours) when the most egregious of his alleged crimes was  likely false. Though he may not be completely innocent in whatever occurred last night, being accused of trafficking heroin is quite terrible as far as false accusations go. 

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Buck Commander's picture

Football 
Updated: OSU Defensive Lineman Tracy Sprinkle Arrested on Drug Charges Following Altercation
By Tony Gerdeman
** UPDATE - 10:35 pm **

A new report from the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram states that "information provided by police incorrectly stated that he [Sprinkle] was found with heroin."

Per the latest report from Chronicle-Telegram, Sprinkle was arrested and charged with possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, and rioting/failure to disperse.

Sources close to the Sprinkle family expect the drug charges to be dropped stemming from this incident.

According to The Lantern, Sprinkle is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

Ohio State has not yet commented publicly on the incident.

Sprinkle redshirted as a true freshman last season, and was expected to fight for a role in the rotation this coming season.

Every time I set my DVR to record Biggest Loser......It always records Wolverine Football Games!

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sharks's picture

The misinformation came from that Linebrink lady who writes for the Lorain County paper- had him arrested for drugs, heroin, and rioting.  Being the holidays weekend,  I think I'll withhold judgment until the charges are formally announced.

Lorain (and Elyria) are absolute shitholes, and I was glad when this kid signed with the University, because it represented him surviving that jungle and making it to college.  Hopefully he gets his head screwed on straight, because all he needs to do is look up and down Route 57 to see what waits for him if he fouls up.

The postgame show is brought to you by... Christ, I can't find it. The hell with it...

+2 HS
Northbrook's picture

Linebrink may have been told wrong.

Buckeye Knight's picture

Damn, Mindy Drayer drew a diagram of the heroin and everything and it's not true?

Whatever the facts end up being, hoping for the best possible outcome here for everyone involved.

+4 HS
seafus26's picture

Good to hear drugs may not be part of this. I don't want anyone to end up like Matt Foley and have "to live in a van down by the river."

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

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johnblairgobucks's picture

Couldn't live on the Black River habitat too long, winter months would be brutal.

irishfury's picture

From other places people that know him well said you could put a gun to there head and they promise you Tracy wouldn't have drugs on him.  Was told that Sprinkle was searched and nothing was found on him. Possibly a situation where drugs were found in his area, which is why the drug charges are being rumored to be dropped/non-existent. He was at a place he shouldn't have been, but that might just be the worst of it.

+2 HS
tracyre's picture

good lord.  so glad it wasn't true.  

Idiots.  Kind of a big thing to mess up. 

cinserious's picture

Po-lice be like "Just sprinkle a little crack on him".

u

Gone ham, be back soon...

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Shangheyed's picture

One more schollie just opened up!

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Deadly Nuts's picture

You're around 12 hours late to the party!

LEBRON

-1 HS
Shangheyed's picture

That is just about right... I live in Shanghai China! So is indeed 12 hrs behind! He is being charged with Cocaine possession... Indeed a player that the Buckeyes no longer need... NEXT UP!

-1 HS
Shangheyed's picture

Meyers seemed to feel the same way...

crusher's picture

I guarantee that he will have to take a drug screen when he gets back to the C-bus. If he pisses dirty I wouldn't expect to see him on the field this year if ever. I am glad to hear the H charges are bogus because that shit is a life destroyer.

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men

+2 HS
wyatt's picture

The most dangerous time of year......the off season before practice and games.  Keeping my fingers crossed until practice.

-1 HS
CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Seriously!  I almost can't bear to read the news this time of year!! 

Lets hope it is not as bad as it seems. 

Tracy, get your @ss in the weightroom! 

+3 HS
southernstatesbuckeye's picture

I worked last night through all of the information coming out...information that may or may not have been true. It seems many commenters here are quick to swallow the worst of all possible scenarios, and even after the late update came out that discounted the heroin angle, some continued to disparage the young man. I know I'll get hammered for saying this, but I'm pretty embarrassed for our commentariot here and disappointed at the "pile-on" mentality of some. I'll end my rant by saying sometimes it's better to just read the articles and make no comment whatsoever. I'll now go back to following my own advice.

+11 HS
bleedscarlet's picture

On the bright side everyone seems to be anti-heroin... that's a good thing, right?

I'm too drunk to taste this chicken

+7 HS
SilverState's picture

It's definitely summertime.

Cringed a little when I saw this:

They gotta have fun too, though.

+3 HS
seafus26's picture

Is that Dontre on the flyer? He's from near Plano, TX.

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

+1 HS
SilverState's picture

Yeah, that's Dontre.

+1 HS
sharks's picture

Would sometimes see little stacks of cards like that on a table in a common area at CSU.  Always seemed like good places to go to get robbed and/or shot.  Hopefully D. Wilson either didn't appear or didn't get in trouble.

The postgame show is brought to you by... Christ, I can't find it. The hell with it...

+2 HS
BuckInNashville's picture

Guys, go back and read the first line of the article. It says Lorain police told 11W that heroin was NOT one of the charges.

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ronbizi's picture

C'mon man, obviously those comments were before the statement was edited.

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nm_buck's picture

The original story was edited three times at least... the first time I don't think said anything about the drugs... then it did... now it says drugs weren't involved.  

This story has been changed more than a scUM fan's diaper.

+1 HS
buckeyeradar's picture

Piss poor judgment.  Even if he is not guilty, piss poor judgment.  Gone, next man up who wants to make something of himself.

Buckeye in Texas

-3 HS
buckeyeradar's picture

Another black eye reflected on all the good the program has done.  I'm super pissed.  Living in Texas there's a few Ohio State fans but everyone knows football and knows about Ohio State's recruiting.  They only remember the bad.  The individual is responsible for his own actions but guilty or not guilty he hurt the team and coaches.  I love my Bucks but I'm not proud right now.  Just piss poor judgement.

Buckeye in Texas

+4 HS
Knarcisi's picture

Just more professional and responsible work by our esteemed media. 

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MeyerMattaScarletHeroes's picture

"Dear 11W readers,

Just remember guys, nowadays, no matter what happens...it is NOT the young person's fault. Don't you know --- everybody has a DISEASE! There is no such thing as personal accountability and responsibility. The government can solve everything. Alcoholism and drugs? That kid didn't choose to make those monumentally horrible decisions, somebody or something put an evil gun to his head and made him do it. Pregnancy is likely a disease too...so we should probably all pay for birth control, and any abortions too. Nobody is responsible for their own actions and we're not allowed to criticize anyone. We must run a psychoanalysis in these situations, because anybody breaking a law is a VICTIM.

When it comes to college athletes, they can do NO wrong! And if you criticize them...you're clearly evil! You are automatically a creep if you comment on a 21 year old 'kid' doing something wrong. You need to be more sensitive and politically fucking correct.

P.S. You're all racists."

Sincerely,

The Bad Owl

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DC-town's picture

You can't blame people for flipping out at the sound of heroin...you can't have that shit in the program period.  There's a thousand scenarios that could have played out, but bar fight, osu player, someone had heroin, could get strung together as a headline pretty quickly...on the other hand, the original story comes out and as time passes either the true facts come out, or the big swinging execs of the university start making calls and pullin some PR strings

just hoping he really had nothing to do with  that.

'Piss excellence' -RB

+1 HS
osu407's picture

http://www.cleveland.com/osu/index.ssf/2014/07/ohio_state_dl_tracy_sprin...

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The official report from Lorain Police on the arrest of Ohio State defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle on Friday night includes a charge of cocaine possession and describes a wild bar brawl at the Grown & Sexy Lounge in Lorain.

Deadly Nuts's picture

It wasn't heroin but it was cocaine?

I can sleep so easy now....

LEBRON

+1 HS
Crimson's picture

So the article says cops saw him yelling.  They didn't see anything else.  Interesting.

-1 HS
sivaDavis's picture

Cocaine possession. Not found on him, but in the car he was in.

Edit: Link in the comment above mine.

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

mkosu73's picture

Unfortunately this is common. We are not alone. Alabama, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Akron and North Texas have all had arrests in the last month...... And I'm sure more to come.

Mkosu73

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

The writeup of Sprinkle's involvement on Land Grant... is not flattering if it is, indeed, true. As has been stated, it is poor judgement if nothing else.

MeyerMattaScarletHeroes's picture

Bill Simmons is a mega-Doosh

+1 HS
brunstar's picture

I saw heroin possession in the report and thought that someone hacked 11W and threw it in there as a joke.  That would've been a serious charge against him, I'm glad it was inaccurate.

HeuermanTheFireman's picture

I would have a hard time thinking it was for him. I don't think it is possible to take heroin and go through d1 football workout simultaneously. I think it has to either be a new habit or he was selling it. There are many places in Ohio that have massive heroin problems. 

Edit: Finished reading the comments, makes a little more sense now.

The person responsible for toes clearly wanted you to stub them.

Toilrt Paper's picture

Underage drinking was the least of the 5 stupid things he did that night. 99.99% of teenagers aren't that stupid.