Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Buckeyes' Jaamal Berry charged with assault
By Adam Rittenberg
Ohio State running back Jaamal Berry has been charged with misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct stemming from an Oct. 21 incident in Columbus.
The charges were filed Wednesday and Ohio State suspended the sophomore pending the outcome of the case. Berry has an arraignment hearing scheduled for Dec. 1.
UPDATE: As expected, Ohio State suspended Berry "for violating the university's student-athlete code of conduct." Berry will remain suspended until the charges are resolved, the team said in a statement.
The alleged victim last week filed a civil lawsuit against Berry.
This continues a troublesome period for Berry, who also was involved in a Sept. 28 incident that Ohio State University police described as an assault. He was treated at OSU medical center and released, and charges were never filed in the incident.
Berry dressed for Saturday's game against Wisconsin but didn't play. He has appeared in five games this season.
It's unfortunate to see what has happened to Berry, a heralded recruit from Miami who arrived at Ohio State amid a great deal of hype. Ohio State is loaded at running back and won't miss Berry too much on the field. You just hope he starts to clean things up off the field.