Maurice Clarett to play rugby event
Former Ohio State star running back Maurice Clarett will try his hand at something other than football.
Clarett will play for the Columbus affiliate of Tiger Rugby, the rugby developmental program for selecting the team that will represent the U.S. at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the Columbus Dispatch reported Friday.
The Ohio Rugby Sevens Invitational will take place in Mechanicsburg, Ohio, on May 25.
Clarett spent one season at Ohio State, rushing for 1,237 yards while scoring 18 touchdowns in helping the Buckeyes win the 2002 BCS National Championship. However, he was dismissed from the program after one season, becoming the center of a scandal involving improper benefits.
Following his stint at Ohio State, Clarett was drafted in the third round by the Denver Broncos in 2005 but was released before ever playing a game.
Clarett also served 3½ years in prison on robbery and concealed weapons charges, then played for the Omaha Nighthawks in the UFL in 2011. He released a book in 2012 in which he boasted of making plenty of money in college and described a life of guns and drugs.