Sprinkle Charged With Cocaine Possession, Pleads Not Guilty

By Kyle Rowland on July 7, 2014 at 11:21a
176 Comments

UPDATE 7/7, 10:51 p.m. A Lorain Municipal Court official told Eleven Warriors Tracy Sprinkle pleaded not guilty to all charges and posted $2,000 bond in a Monday court appearance. A pre-trial has been scheduled for July 31. 

Sprinkle is being represented by attorney Michael J. Duff. 


Ohio State defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle was arrested Friday on charges of drug possession, drug paraphernalia and rioting/failure to disperse. According to Cleveland.com, the drug charge includes cocaine possession.

Eleven Warriors first reported Sprinkle’s arrest and indefinite suspension on Saturday. Ohio State confirmed the suspension Sunday.

Sprinkle is scheduled to appear in court Monday, a Lorain jail official told Eleven Warriors.

The report from the Lorain Police Department, obtained by Cleveland.com, indicates Sprinkle was arrested after a melee at the Grown & Sexy Lounge in Lorain. Police officers responded to a “large fight” that included an estimated 50 people with groups fighting.

The report described “absolute mayhem” inside the bar, complete with chairs being thrown. The scene was so chaotic a police dog had to be used to restore order. The entire night shift of the Lorain Police Dept. responded to the scene, as well as Ohio State Highway Patrol officers.

Sprinkle, 19, and Wayne Blue, 23, were arrested.  

Sprinkle was arrested and placed in the back of a police car, according to the report. When he was removed and placed in another car to be transported, two small bags of cocaine – 0.2 grams each – were found stuffed under the back seat.  

Blue claimed he was struck in the face with a bottle by Sprinkle, according to the report. When police questioned Sprinkle, he denied any involvement and “remained quiet.”

A young woman was reportedly knocked unconscious. The bystander was hit with a chair and shoved against a wall, but did not know who hit her.

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Alpo's picture

Yikes, doesn't sound good at all. Just a shame really, wasted opportunities. Hopefully he can rebound in life and get back on track whether here or at another school. 

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Remy's picture

Hopefully Mr. Sprinkle can get his life in order. Words of wisdom from Rick James:

Words of wisdom

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

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Remy's picture

Not sure if this is the one in Lorain, but I found this picture:

Classy
 I'm thinking of taking Mrs. Remy to this classy place for our 11th wedding anniversary Saturday.

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

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Fatpants's picture

That's it. Good googling!

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MAVBuck's picture

Looks like a hot spot where nothing but good clean fun happens.

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Jimmy Smits's picture

You can tell its classy, cause of the flag banner at the top...fancy, schmancy!

I like nachos

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cinserious's picture

How many helmet stickers does it take to attain membership to the 'Grown and Sexy' Lounge? I hope it's not as elitist as 11W's Premium Lounge!

Gone ham, be back soon...

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Larryp713's picture

I am not sure if this is in Lorain either, but I can picture such an establishment on 28th street. How can an aspiring young man say no to this classy establishment?

Respectfully,

Larryp713

MichiganBuckeye222's picture

im not claiming that the kid didn't do it...but isn't it standard for police officers to actually search the pockets before putting them in the cop car?

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Boxley's picture

When you have a melee with over 50 people involved, you remove the most significant antagonists and place them in squad cars as you sort out the truth of the incident. Often any close car will be used to imideately detain. Normally a quick frisk for weapons is done, but not a thorough search, given the size of the fight.  The arrestee is frequently placed into a car that has the responsibility to transport to jail. OSP normally does not transport when they are acting as support to other law enforcement agencies.

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MichiganBuckeye222's picture

Not knowing all the facts, I believe that it could be shown that there would be reasonable doubt.  How could the officers be completely sure that the cocaine came from him?  Unless it was sitting out in plain sight.....

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Nick's picture

They search their car after someone was in it and after their shift, like they did when they took Sprinkle out. If he was in there alone he is going to be stuck with it.

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livinthedream's picture

YES it is.  If I'm on the jury and the cop says he didn't then says it was in between the seat & back after he's been removed I want video proof they swept the car after the previous arrest.

Not saying it wasn't his, just that the law says (in criminal court) beyond a reasonable doubt.  Looks like plenty of doubt to me.  And sloppy police work.

BTW, FIFTY idiots figting and only two arrests?  Hmmmmmm

TresselourgodUrbanoursavior's picture

Cops don't have to search a suspect, but are allowed to perform a search incident to arrest. A defendant will argue that a search should NOT have occurred. 

Larryp713's picture

I am pretty sure the drug charges will get dropped or reduced. This is a slam dunk for any competent attorney. The brawl will also be plead down. I don't know if it will be enough to save his Buckeye football career, but I think he will be able to walk away from this mistake. Best wishes to Tracy.

Respectfully,

Larryp713

Golden Buckeye's picture

So only 2 people were arrested of the 50? Has to make you think what he was doing to single himself out from the rest of the brawl.

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Deadly Nuts's picture

Maybe all the others got away. But that wouldn't make sense because Sprinkle was probably the most athletically gifted guy there.

LEBRON

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cinserious's picture

The coke should have made him faster and more elusive!

Gone ham, be back soon...

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ibuck's picture

I don't understand...

Why wouldn't an intelligent person leave the scene when the cops arrive? And why not disperse when the cops ask you to?  Especially if you have an illegal drug on you? 

Seems odd. I hope Tracy gets his act together and has a decent life. First thing is to be smart(er) by not going to troublesome places. And probably not hang out with people who want to go there.

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

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MN Buckeye's picture

Why would he go there in the first place?

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Deadly Nuts's picture

Cause he's Grown and Sexy.

LEBRON

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Knarcisi's picture

Because coke gives you a false sense of confidence ... Almost invincibility. 

NatiBuck's picture

He may not be an intelligent person

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Larryp713's picture

He was probably pretty intoxicated. I read a report where he re-entered the scene after being pulled away by friends and was arguing with somebody else. Sounds a little similar to the Roby encounter, but add the coke found in the back of the cruiser.

BTW - I am pretty sure you can find drugs in the back of half of the LPD cruisers at any given time.

Respectfully,

Larryp713

Silver Bullet 10's picture

Wasted opportunity. At least it will open a scholarship up for a kid who will value the blessing to play for the Buckeyes.

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Exhortera's picture

"Grown and Sexy Lounge"?

Sounds classy!

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cinserious's picture

Po-lice be like "just Sprinkle a little crack on him".

c

Gone ham, be back soon...

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Now this is funny. God, I miss this show.

Correction if not mistaken:part show with a line from his standup

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

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DaytonBuck1980's picture

You are correct. It was actually on Comedy Central last night

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

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bukyze's picture
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Groveport Heisman's picture

You rang?

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

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bigbadbuck's picture

Adios Mr Sprinkle....Good luck where ever you end up

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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sharks's picture

Lorain Correctional.  Felony coke possession.

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

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Zimmy07's picture

Isn't 2/10 of a gram a ridiculously small amount?  Why on earth would you have that small of an amount on you?  In theory, couldn't you have just eaten it & put the empty bag back in your pocket?

bigbadbuck's picture

I'm not a law enforcement officer so don't take my comment to heart but if there is residue in the bag in his pocket I still believe he could be charged

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.            

Larryp713's picture

It was found in the back of the cruiser, not on him. I think he will get that reduced or dropped in a plea deal. Any lawyer can create reasonable doubt on that, especially in Lorain (my home town).

Respectfully,

Larryp713

bigbadbuck's picture

I was responding to the comment right above mine about consuming the 2/10 of a gram and then stashing the plastic baggie back in your pocket

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.            

DJ Byrnes's picture

tracy sprinkle is definitely from marion

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

Fatpants's picture

Crap like this is VERY Lorain County. 

Given that it was a melee in a Lorain bar I'm somewhat surprised there was no shooting. 

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buckeyedude's picture

What a bunch of amateurs. If this was Toledo, there would've been bullets flying everywhere. Throwing chairs is so 1950s.

 

 

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dan_isaacs's picture

No crap (forget if we can curse on here). Granted it was early to mid 90's that I was involved in the day to day 05 happenings.  But even then, fights either ended with gunfire, or just started with it.  Shocked to see nobody was strapped at an establishment as fancy as Grown and Sexy.

Dan Isaacs

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cinserious's picture

As per the MODs, cursing slightly inhibits your ability to be eligible for the Premium Lounge.

Gone ham, be back soon...

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shaggybuckeye's picture

I dunno about that, it wasn't heroin.

hit_the_couch's picture

Grown & Sexy Lounge 

Just seeing a bar named that would make me not want to go in.

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

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Fatpants's picture

It's Lorain, the more appropriate name would be the "Overgrown and Skanky Lounge"

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USMC11917's picture

True, there is a remote chance that someone else could have left that behind before Sprinkle was placed in the car but it is standard operating procedure to search the vehicle after any occupant is removed from the back seat. He has officially moved to the lower tier of my favorite Buckeyes list.

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swainpm's picture

IF, he is still a Buckeye...Might make more sense for Urbs to open a schollie for someone who is smart enough to value what they have. Not saying I didn't make mistakes in college but if he is found guilty on all charges it might make sense. Either way I agree he is in my doghouse and will have to work hard to emerge.

Michael Citro's picture

Stories like this got me like:

chirobuck's picture

That looks like what would expect the dancers to look like in a place like that

 
^ best post ever ^

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TatumRuled's picture

Am I the worst Buckeye ever because I never heard of Mr. Sprinkle until now??

"Hell, Woody didn't recruit me; he recruited my mother!" -Jack Tatum                       

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Nicholas Jervey's picture

Nah, you're good.

Unless you're also a murderer.

Ceci n'est pas une signature.

cplunk's picture

1. Hilarious

2. You are right, thanks to Miss Anthony nobody else can be a worse Buckeye

3. Every time I see this picture I get mad. 

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TheBadOwl's picture

thanks to Miss Anthony nobody else can be a worse Buckeye

Jeffrey Dahmer?

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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Crimson's picture

Don't you dare have lunch with Jeffrey Dahmer?

BengalErnst's picture

Am I missing something here with this woman?

Nicholas l Ernst

logamaniac's picture

its casey anthony, suspected and acquitted child murderer

TresselourgodUrbanoursavior's picture

"acquitted child murderer"  hmmmm....

TatumRuled's picture

Whew! Now I feel better!

And, by the way, Jeffery Dahmer got expelled from OSU, yet Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber) graduated with honors from...UM.

"Hell, Woody didn't recruit me; he recruited my mother!" -Jack Tatum                       

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Larryp713's picture

It is a pretty hot picture. I won't let her baby sit my kids, but it is nice to look at.

Respectfully,

Larryp713

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bucked up's picture

No melee is complete without a thrown chair

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

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To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

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To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

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Go1Bucks's picture

Yeah, but in court it is also likely that they have deniability.  It wasn't on his person.  Why also, if 50 people were fighting, did only 2 get arrested.  Questionable.  That said, sad issue entirely.  Wish these guys would think of their careers first. 

Go Bucks!

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USMC11917's picture

Well I doubt there were 50 officers present at the time of the melee that had eyes on every individual involved. You grab the primary aggressors and get the hell out hoping your actions influence others to think before they act in the future.

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theopulas's picture

when the police take a person out of the vehicle, they search it. if something later is found it is presumed that the arrested party place it there....and that would hold up in court....also, the police was called before the melee started by people who seen it about to go off.....and these guys wouldn't stop until the police came in with dogs....

Theopulas

Citrus's picture

I agree this seems odd. I am going to let the facts sort them selves out on this. Also, two bags of coke may or may not have belonged to Sprinkle. I am waiting for facts on that too. Someone later stated that police search the car after each arrest. I doubt this is foolproof. I doubt that every car is searched after every arrest. I've lost things before, looked for them in a place, didn't see them and found them in the same place I searched previously. Sprinkle did the smart thing by not talking.

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nfischer's picture

He did "a" smart thing by not talking. Every other decision that evening seems definitely unsmart.

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Citrus's picture

Haha touche.

Another point about searching the car. Don't cops typically search the suspect prior to placing him in the vehicle? Yet they didn't find it then. Just goes to show that searches aren't always perfect.

USMC11917's picture

Searches for weapons don't always turn up other contraband on the body. I made a comment somewhere else about this in this long forum.

Citrus's picture

I get that. A weapon and a baggie feel different. A weapon is typically going to be easier to find. However, the fact that a search of Sprinkle's person found no drugs, and I am guessing there was no coke that popped up on a tox screen or we woulda heard about it, overcome reasonable doubt. He won't get tagged with possession.
 

USMC11917's picture

There is no reason to test him for consumption. This is a possession charge. If he was tested, there would have to be a subpeona and warrant obtained, unless he volunteered to do the test for them. In that case the funds would come out of Tracy's pocket for an unnecessary test.

He won't get tagged with possession.
 

Sir, I get what you think but I have seen more guys found guilty than not (by far) for similar situations. The laws are very protective of the rights of citizens of this country. They severely limit the intrusiveness of a search. The fact that .2 grams of cocaine was not found on his person only means that the officers like did a correct search for weapons. I have seen a lot of comments on this board about how Tracy couldn't possibly hide a bag of dope since he was hand cuffed. Well I have seen some handcuffed individuals do some wild and unexpected things, some of which make hiding dope look like child's play.

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Mobile+Police+Department+officer+kil...

The medallion you saw around his neck had a razor blade embedded in it and is believed to have been the source of the stabbing.

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BuckeyeVet's picture

Youngandstupid is one word.

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx 
 

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Chris Raiden's picture

He pretty much gone.

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Crimson's picture

I didn't really see anything in the original article from a 1st hand police officer account aside from him screaming at the other guy who was arrested.  I'll wait and see on this one before sentencing him to being kicked off the team and going to a state prison.

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rkylet83's picture

This is really unfortunate.  I hope he learns a lesson from this and doesn't end up somewhere really bad.

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Blackbeards Delight's picture

It seems as if he were already somewhere bad "Grown and Sexy", WTF? Sounds like a strip joint by a truck stop.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Bitches.

- Me

 

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buckeyedude's picture

Leave truckers out of this!

 

 

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Fatpants's picture

Comparing truck stop strip joints to the grown and sexy impugns truck stop strip joints everywhere. 

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Go1Bucks's picture

Its Lorain, no surprise

Go Bucks!

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Well at least it wasn't heroin.

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KingsRite's picture

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

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osu407's picture

I wonder if there is security footage.  Can you imagine the diagrams trying to explain a fight involving 50 people?

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Remy's picture

I know somebody who would be eager to provide diagrams:

Mindy on the case

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

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OSUStu's picture

I would be surprised if that place has electricity let alone a security camera.

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

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addman1405's picture

Good luck trying to get those cocaine charges to stick. They were found in the car and not on his person.

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exnwohiobuckfan's picture

They were found in the police car, and if he was the only one placed into that car, the charges will definitely stick

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Crimson's picture

He was second.  They claim to have searched it after the 1st was removed, before he got in.

brunstar's picture

If Patrick Swayze was still alive that bar fight never would've happened.

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jonping67's picture

IDIOT......He gets what he deserves.....Just plain stupid and don't anyone on here say - "He just 19-20 old."

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

If you don't mind I'll wait until more information is available before I start pontificating about 'what he deserves'.

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rosycheeks's picture

Don't worry, no one was going to say "he just 19-20 old."

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MichiganBuckeye222's picture

He just 19-20 old

Representing the Buckeyes in the Mitten State since 1987.

www.septemberheisman.com

 

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cinserious's picture

He just 19-20 old. How dare him!

Gone ham, be back soon...

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Urban Nation Army's picture

Not a good look, regardless of what all the correct details are. However if there's one thing legal troubles involving buckeyes in the past has taught us, it's to wait for a full resolution before casting definitive judgment. 

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

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Gray Box's picture

Exclusive footage:

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swainpm's picture

So THAT'S what Grown and Sexy looks like!

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cinserious's picture

She grown and sexy fa' show! Is that Mark Henry's wife?

Gone ham, be back soon...

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bleedscarlet's picture

The weight distribution of that table makes this pretty freakin impressive...

I'm too drunk to taste this chicken

VintonCountyBuck's picture

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

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KBonay's picture

Obtuse = doing cocaine
Imbecile = taking cocaine to a bar
Idiotic = getting into a fight with cocaine in your possession
Flat out fuc*king stupid = given chance to walk away, while in possession of cocaine, and returning to the fracas...

 

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dustinccc's picture

Well if he does get kicked off Bob Stoops will pick him up and offer him a spot on the Sooner squad and maybe apply for a waiver so he can play next year

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cajunbuckeye's picture

"Let he who has never done a bump at the club" cast the first stone.

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

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JJHerman's picture

haha Cajun yes. It's been a looong while but I plead the 5th on that one.

The cocaine was not found on Sprinkle, but rather hidden in the back seat of a squad car in which he had been placed after the fight.

Police acknowledged another arrested person had been in the vehicle prior to Sprinkle. The officer searched the car after the first person's release and had found no drugs.

Plead not guilty and find a good lawyer. Possibly stay on the team.

PowerfulPrimates are powerful....

cajunbuckeye's picture

Maybe he just likes how it smells?

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

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bucknut94's picture

Sprinkle may use the old "I was keeping the cocaine for someone else" trick.

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buckeyedude's picture

I always liked the "I have no idea how that got there," trick.

 

 

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Fugelere's picture

Or the other classic:  "These aren't my pants".

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brunstar's picture

We call that the Michael Irvin.

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MichiganBuckeye222's picture

well this frees up another spot for the Dream 15.

Representing the Buckeyes in the Mitten State since 1987.

www.septemberheisman.com

 

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motobuckeye's picture

Can't have it...gotta go.  

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TraSmith4's picture

lol imagine the officer who wasn't there... reading the report seeing the name Tracy Sprinkle and expecting to see some stripper looking chick and he walks into the interrogation room... what

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sharks's picture

Deadspin has picked up the story.

Tracy Sprinkle, you're about to be internet famous.

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

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sb97's picture

You know about a year ago we were all set to throw Hyde in jail and kick Roby off the team because one "knocked a girl out at a bar" and the other "assaulted a bouncer at a night club".  Once things calmed down a bit we found out that the initial reports were...  off.  Now, I understand that things are different here since Sprinkle was apparently was caught with cocaine but even so I would advise a bit of patience.

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whiskeyjuice's picture

True, It's good to have someone like you be the voice of reason!

"You'll find out that nothing that comes easy is worth a dime. As a matter of fact, I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face." -- Wayne Woodrow Hayes

CowCat's picture

Urban's 5 commandments:

Honesty
Treat women with respect
No weapons
No drugs
No stealing

He's gone even if the charges are reduced. We all make mistakes, but such an opportunity wasted. Hopefully this kid can rebound somehow:(

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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cinserious's picture

I like Urban's commandments and as Buckeye Nation I feel we kind of abide by the edicts and personality of whoever the current head coach is. There should be a concealed carry clause for us non-footballers though.

Gone ham, be back soon...

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whiskeyjuice's picture

I agree

"You'll find out that nothing that comes easy is worth a dime. As a matter of fact, I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face." -- Wayne Woodrow Hayes

FROMTHE18's picture

Have to think Urban will unleash the Kraken on young Tracy. Hope he doesn't get the full boot, but Im sure Urbs will deal with it as Urbs has shown to deal with all of the mistakes some of the players have committed since his time at OSU. 

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Eph97's picture

Evolution takes care of the idiots. Darwinism at its finest. I don't think he'll every play another down for OSU; It's a shame too as a football scholarship could have been his lucky ticket out of his hard background. It's also evolution on another level too, as this 3 star's scholarship will be replaced by a 4 or 5 star in this class.

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Crimson's picture

Maybe that Derwood guy will help you with you're spellings.

I don't remember Darwins book every saying anything about star ranking's.

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

This doesn't look good.  Oh, how much I hate the offseason. 

Go Bucks!

buckeyedude's picture

This doesn't look good.

You win the Understatement of the Year Award.

 

 

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buckeyedude's picture

Phew! Thank God it was only cocaine!

 

 

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Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

I feel like this fight should've taken place in a Waffle House and will definitely be mentioned in one of DJ's future Skull Sessions. 

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CGroverL's picture

Our Waffle House up the street used to have this on their everyday menu:

Two eggs, 2 pork chops, hash browns (smothered, covered, cheesy only or any way you'd like them ), plus two slices of toast for just $4.99. You can't beat that with any stick and it is great before your hangover breaking Absolute Peppar Bloody Mary at the unnamed bar up the street if you had been up all night and were hung over after fighting a bar while carrying coke. That is just what I have heard of, of course. I do live in Florida.

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

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FitzBuck's picture

Maybe I'm crazy but I'm pretty sure they pat you down before they place you in the squad car.  

Seems unlikely the possession charges will stick because they didn't find it on him giving him plausible deniability......Urban suspended Roby for less so Tracy is in deep shit regardless of the charges.  

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

USMC11917's picture

Well a Terry pat is done exclusively for weapons. If you find contraband and know it to be that without manipulation, you can recover it. So missing Drugs on a pat down that isn't intended for drugs doesn't automatically shift burden of proof.

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USMC11917's picture

He doesn't have plausible deniability. He has constructive possession. The only way he gets out of that is with a plea or video evidence contradicting the officers claim that he searched the vehicle after subject number 1 left the vehicle.

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Zimmy07's picture

I would think that there would be video evidence.

USMC11917's picture

Not every department can afford to place recording equipment in front of and in the back of every unit they possess. Most just have them in their DUI units or other speciallized unit that they deem necessary.

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Blue Eyed Buckeye's picture

Didn't his mother ever teach him, if you're going to get involved in a riot and fail to disperse NEVER have cocaine and drug paraphernalia on you.
 

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AngryWoody's picture

It's obvious Urban Meyer planted the cocaine on Sprinkle and then paid off the cops to have Sprinkle arrested so that he could open up an extra roster spot.

Our Honor Defend!

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cinserious's picture

That scenario is implicitly stated as a no-no in the SEC coaches code of ethics book.

Gone ham, be back soon...

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Chilimac419's picture

I have to agree that they pat you down before placing you in squad car,   What I don't get is, he probably was handcuffed how could he put those 2 tiny amounts anywhere in the car ? I'm going to give him the benefit of the the doubt till more facts come ... He is one of ours     Go bucks 

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USMC11917's picture

I'm going to give benefit of doubt to the guy that has nothing to gain or lose in this situation. I'm not going to give benefit of doubt to the guy at that establishment of ill repute, that after being told to leave, decided to continue talking trash and fail to disperse as directed. I love the Buckeyes as much as any but not enough to take their side in a situation like this. If Tracy is innocent or if it is proven that there was some dishonesty on the officers part then I pray the truth comes out.

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Colby3333's picture

I guess Blue wasn't his boy?

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tdible2132's picture

So let's say Sprinkle is in fact booted from the team, am I the only one that feels we should be seriously concerned about DE depth? Don't get me wrong, we are loaded at the top of the rotation, but with Spence being out the first 2 games we could be one preseason camp injury away from having to throw true freshman out there against Navy and Va Tech. Especially considering Johnson likes to rotate guys.

Zimmy07's picture

Does anyone know what the full depth chart is?

Bosa, Miller, Sprinkle* Holmes?

Spence*, Lewis, Frazier

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

He gone.  100% certain if he's the one that assaulted that girl.  If not, then it's not 100% certain but he gone. 

Class of 2010.

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Crimson's picture

100% certain if he's the one that assaulted that girl.  If not, then it's not 100% certain but he gone.

If you not 100% certain, then don't say 100% certain.

windycitybuck's picture

Why would he be gone? No drugs were found on him. Why convict before getting all the facts? Crazy

Nutty's picture

The drugs were found in the backseat of the police car. Do you guys not know what that means?
 

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Crimson's picture

That he hasn't even been arraigned yet, let alone convicted?

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

The drugs were found in the backseat of the police car. Do you guys not know what that means?

It means that someone put drugs in the back of the police car.

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Nutty's picture

It means that someone put drugs in the back of the police car.

It is standard, meaning VERY basic, police procedure to check the back seat after every "suspect". Sure it could mean sloppy police work but it would have to mean extremely sloppy police work. Not saying that isn't possible but it isn't likely IMO.

cinserious's picture

I don't

Gone ham, be back soon...

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AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

I am seeing some discussion about police procedures related to searching cars between suspects and such. I would like to share my observations having been on scene as a first responder with different levels of law enforcement dozens of times. I have not ever seen a law enforcement vehicle searched between suspects. The reason being is that each person is searched and cuffed prior to being placed in the back of the vehicle. Simple as that. NO ONE goes in the back of the car unsearched and/or unsecured. Would be very difficult for Sprinkle to remove the drugs from where he was holding them and then hide them in the car if he was handcuffed. And if he wasn't? Well, if an officer had that large a lapse in judgment, the likely procedural errors alone will make it almost impossible to convince a state attorney to push the charge through. I just don't see a scenario that ends in an actual charge being pursued.

Remember, the scene was described as mayhem. I'm not saying that Law Enforcement didn't do their job or that they did anything to compromise the public safety or anything along those lines. I love those men and women. I just know from experience that sometimes when the sh*t is going down procedural mistakes can be made. From a legal standpoint, this creates a large amount of wiggle room in a criminal case. The more wiggle room, the less likely the charge. Now, this is good news for Sprinkle. If of course it wasn't his cocaine. If it was, well, that's the really bad part of what happens when small procedural things get over-looked; the bad guy gets away with it and doesn't the help they need or the punishment they deserve.

And for those who are jumping on the 'rush to judgment' freight train, do you recall that one time Carlos Hyde beat up that girl because someone drew a picture of it? Yeah, me neither. Calm down and see what happens.

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.

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dubjayfootball90's picture

Thank you for shedding some light and reason to the situation. Truly appreciated.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

USMC11917's picture

You do make some good points and the only two arguments I would offer is that you are untrained and your observations of the previous officers, who are not the officers involved in this situation, don't automatically transfer. Your thoughts about performance during activation of the sympathetic nervous system are on point.

The difference between Roby and Hyde and this case are pretty extensive in my opinion. The account of Hyde's situation stemmed from the reported "Victim" herself. Obviously, a bias version if ever there was one. The account of Roby was passed on from a secuirty guard/bouncer whom I hold nowhere in the same esteem as a law enforcement officer. Like I stated earlier, I am siding with law enforcement on this one until something contradicts what was reported.

Urban Nation Army's picture

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

bleedscarlet's picture

Getting rid of him all together seems a bit harsh. Spence only got 3 games for Ex, which is just as bad, and Hyde took the 3 games put them together that's 6. I can see him losing a season probably, because of the rioting, but I don't see them yanking the rug out. Put him on the outs for awhile and let him work his way back in......

I'm too drunk to taste this chicken

BierStube's picture

If he would have only watched more South Park as a child ..

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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gobucks96's picture

I still find it hard to understand taking the risk of that drug for a college football player. It's bad enough as a regular individual, but the risk of losing a scholarship (and it should be lost if found guilty) should be a large enough deterrent. It is and should be automatic. Best of luck to the kid, if true. If not, hope he's cleared quickly.

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causeicouldntgo43's picture

"Nothing Good happens after 10:00 pm"

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Toilrt Paper's picture

Even if he didn't have any cocaine, Urban gives him 2 games for being in a place he should not be,expecially after midnight. Two counts of being less than intelligent.

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BKshepherd's picture

You know, with a name like "Tracy Sprinkle", I'd think that he would get in a scrap every now and then.  Kinda like a boy named "Sue".

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buckeyebfd's picture
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buckeyedude's picture

Johnny Cash knew a thing or two about drugs and being behind bars.

 

 

sb97's picture

How likely are the cocaine charges to stick?

edr4225's picture

Tim May reports: Ohio State spokesman confirms Tracy Sprinkle no longer part of OSU football team. Status will be re-evaluated after legal issues resolved.

lets go bucks!!

buckeyebfd's picture

He should've heeded the words of the man in black, "lay off that whiskey and let that cocaine be"

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whiskeyjuice's picture

Regardless if Mr. Sprinkle is guilty of all, some or none of the charges, it's obvious he made some bad decisions that night. It will be sad to see him lose his "ride" to OSU but that could open the door for an additional scholarship in the 2015 class. There are a lot of top recruiting prospects that still have an eye for OSU.

"You'll find out that nothing that comes easy is worth a dime. As a matter of fact, I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face." -- Wayne Woodrow Hayes

Urban Nation Army's picture

I'll just leave this here...

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

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RickKaneWasHere's picture

LOL, ok Matt Millen...what a hypocrite, considering all that was swept under the rug in State College for DECAAAAADES!
Ask anybody who lives around there or was associated with the program. The SCPD and other authorities let the football players get away with pretty much anything. That's the way it's always been in that area. Joe's little fiefdom where he was king and everybody kissed took his orders.

C'mon man!

Can you put the past away?

Swayze's picture

only a $2,000 bond....that seems low

whiskeyjuice's picture

linebackers at Miami U are off the team for rape, Alabama running back arrested, and so many other problems and arrests around the country for different programs this off season....................but I have only noticed Urban Meyer's name being called out, what about all the other head coaches of these players getting into trouble?

"You'll find out that nothing that comes easy is worth a dime. As a matter of fact, I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face." -- Wayne Woodrow Hayes