Sprinkle Charged With Cocaine Possession, Pleads Not Guilty

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

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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