Sunday, June 3, 2012
Report: Two Buckeyes starters suspended
By Adam Rittenberg
Ohio State seniors Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort have been indefinitely suspended following their arrest early Saturday, according to a report in The Toledo Blade.
The players' lawyer, Mark Collins, tells The Blade that both Stoneburner and Mewhort learned Sunday they are barred from Ohio State's football facilities and all team activities until their cases are settled. The two players are charged with misdemeanor obstructing official business. Stoneburner is the team's starting tight end, and Mewhort is a starter at left tackle.
Ohio State has yet to officially confirm the suspensions.
From The Blade:
Police in Shawnee Hills, Ohio, a Columbus suburb, spotted the two players and a third man not connected to the football team early Saturday urinating outside a restaurant near Stoneburner's house, located just off the course at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Collins said the men dashed away when they saw a spotlight, unknowing it belonged to police. He said Mewhort and Stoneburner stopped about 40 yards away from the restaurant and did not attempt to hide. ...
"Hopefully we can sit down with the Shawnee Hills police department and the prosecutors and come up with a resolution that everyone can be satisfied with," Collins said.
Stoneburner and Mewhort have a June 11 arraignment date, although Collins hopes to have the charges resolved before then.
This doesn't sound like a very big deal, and as long as the situation is resolved, I wouldn't expect the suspension to last too long. It does show new head coach Urban Meyer will hand down immediate punishment to prominent players. Meyer can't be too pleased that two players pegged to be leaders on offense ended up in this situation, and there likely will be internal discipline for Stoneburner and Mewhort.