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D.J. Byrnes

The Bottoms (via Marion, Ohio)

MEMBER SINCE   June 24, 2011

Dispatches from the underground.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: The day the Cleveland Browns win the Super Bowl.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: The Iron King, Cardale Jones, First of His Name, Poacher of Badgers, Controller of Tides, Slayer of
  • NFL TEAM: the Almighty Cleveland Browns
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • NBA TEAM: Los Angeles Lakers
  • MLB TEAM: Dodgers (Only in World Series)
  • SOCCER TEAM: Aston Villa

Recent Activity

Comment 04 Dec 2019

I am paying my heating bill this winter by simply printing these MGOBLOG posts and mailing them to Columbia Gas. Keep them coming folks.

Comment 13 Jun 2019

This is my last post on this thread, and you guys can downvote me into oblivion.

1) I never robbed/bound a woman. I was never in the drug dealer's shack when that transpired. Had I been in that house or did anything of which you accuse me, I would have gone to prison like the other seven people who did. Your argument is based on an infactual article published over a decade ago.

2) Smith was arrested and charged with aggravated battery on his pregnant wife in 2009. This is an undeniable fact.

So yeah, two pretty big swings and misses at the bedrock of your post. Pardon me if I don't trust your "objective" analysis of the criminal trespassing incident, which he pled guilty to. 

Now, if you gentlemen would like the last word, it is yours to take. And to the stickers I'm about to lose... We'll meet again in-season when this sordid saga is long past us and Ryan Day has the Buckeyes rolling. Adios, mi amigos.

Comment 13 Jun 2019

I'm not asking for the benefit of the doubt. I have admitted my wrongs numerous times (see above). I never played the victim card. Though I didn't do what I was accused of, I was definitely a young punk who was headed nowhere fast.

I just ask people be factually correct when whipping me with past mistakes. 

Now, if I had been connected to various robberies for the last decade and was up here denying any wrong doing, using the hashtag "#NotMe," and launching a podcast to discredit my accusers and sicking my internet mob on them then you may have made the point you think you did.

Comment 13 Jun 2019

You don't know my sources and you don't know who I have talked to. You don't know what I know. You're just assuming I'm taking somebody's word at face value when I'm not. I could launch what I have right here; it would break brains, but it wouldn't be fair to Zach. He has a right to defend himself, and I want to give him that opportunity.

Comment 13 Jun 2019

Oh, no doubt. But I had nothing to do with what transpired, which is why charges were ultimately dismissed against me. Nonetheless, it was the wakeup call I needed at the time. I was 19, and I readily admit I wasn't a good person. Since then, I have admitted my mistakes and worked every day to prove I am not that person. Given that I'm at home with a cat sleeping on my lap and another on my feet with no criminal charges hanging over my head, I'd like to think I made a modicum in change in my lifestyle and associations.

If you want to hold that against me, that's your right. I accepted long ago that to some people I will always be a 19-year-old punk. These days, I concentrate on what I can change. Not what I can't.

Comment 13 Jun 2019

I feel like any claim of me attacking you should probably include what I said for context? I don't even know who you are, so I sincerely doubt I went out of my way to attack some Twitter rando—unless of course you chirped at me first.

If people come into my mentions acting aggressive, hell yeah I'll dunk on your ass. Go ahead and make fun of my looks, I don't care. Here's a starter: There are bombed roads in Iraq that are in better condition than my hairline. You can't say anything to me that my friends haven't said 100x worse.

So yeah, the idea I go around punching down on random Twitter users for their looks without cause is comical, which is why you didn't list any examples.

Comment 13 Jun 2019

Again, I would say that families are complicated things. Courtney Smith isn't the first nor last person in the world to be estranged from their mother. And the mother isn't the only one in her family. Have you considered how her sisters and father feel about the situation? After all, Zach's sisters are on Courtney's side.

As for why she would go against her daughter, I've heard some things. We'll broach that topic, I'm sure. As for the racist stuff, well, tune in next week for that, too. Until then I really can't say much more. People have their opinions, which is their right, but at this point don't say I didn't warn you.

Comment 13 Jun 2019

I'll leave it at this. It's not just text messages and police believed her. Zach would have been charged if not for the cowardice of the Delaware County Prosecutor who didn't want to risk his career on a DV case against an OSU coach without video evidence (such is how it goes in DV cases):

In those videos, Courtney Smith reported that Zach Smith had shoved her the night before but had hurt her worse previously — including cutting her hand on a tobacco can during an argument, grabbing her off the ground by her throat during a vacation in Punta Canta in the Dominican Republic and throwing her across the room when the pair was living in Florida and she was pregnant.

She also described a threatening message she said she received during a text conversation with Zach Smith the week prior, in which she felt he was threatening her in response to her confronting him about one of his alleged affairs. Reading from her cellphone, she reported to the officer that Zach Smith told her: “I’ll (expletive) kill you, I’ll destroy you.”

In the video, Powell police Officer Ben Boruchowitz is shown speaking with Courtney Smith about the abuse and intermittently leaving the room to consult via telephone with local prosecutors. Boruchowitz expressed concern for her safety but said police could not take action on the allegations of abuse that she said occurred in Florida or Punta Canta.

In one of those phone conversations, Boruchowitz expressed his concern to a prosecutor for Courtney Smith’s safety due to Zach Smith’s alleged threats to kill her.

“She’s petrified, and I really believe her,” he said. ”... Based on the degree of violence that he’s done against her, you and I both know when there’s strangling and choking and those kinds of violence, (they) are pretty good indicators that there’s a high chance he may actually follow through with it.”

Lastly, I'll again reiterate that these aren't the only bullets in my clip. But I'm saving the rest for the podcast, as poker players do. You guys can make your judgments then.

Comment 13 Jun 2019

1) I didn't present the text message as the only singular piece of evidence. It was presented with three other links, one of which included photos. Not to mention, those are far from the only clips in my chamber.

2) I'm not "clinging" to anything. Again, I posted three other pieces of evidence including pictures and Powell detectives wanting Smith charged with felony assault. I'm also well aware of Courtney's mother's position. We will discuss that next week. I'll just say families are often complicated matters, and Courtney Smith wouldn't be the first person to ever have an estranged relationship with their mother.

3) Have you listened to the 9-11 calls from that incident? Probably not. If you did, you would know the school guidance counselor called the cops first, not Courtney. The fact you think he was "set up" is hilarious when he willfully violated a protection order and refused to leave the school. That's not being "set up" ... that's being an idiot.

ZS is not the victim. He never has been. He never will be.

In so far as my emotions, yes I take this personally. How could I not? Zach launched another broadside on me a month and a half after we took our shots at each other. Now, he has said he will invite me on the podcast. We'll see who is the emotional one in this matter once it comes to pass. In the meantime, I would just say text comes across harsher than words in real life.

I just ask you hold judgment until you hear the podcast. Because until then, I refuse to accept the notion that I'm not as mature as the guy who got arrested at an elementary school last month and is facing six months in jail.