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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge against Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby has been conditionally dropped after a pretrial diversion agreement was filed in court.
Roby, involved in a fight at a Bloomington, Ind., bar in July, must avoid any additional legal trouble until Aug. 16, 2014, in order to have the charge dismissed, though the standout junior will still face punishment from coach Urban Meyer and will miss the season opener against Buffalo.
The talented defensive back, an ESPN.com first-team All-American last year and one of the top players on the second-ranked Buckeyes' defense, was charged with misdemeanor battery after he was accused of making contact with the chest of the bar's security guard.
The charge was reduced last week from battery to disorderly conduct, and will be completely dismissed with a clean record over the next 12 months dating to the filing of the diversion agreement. According to the Columbus Dispatch, a supplemental police report of the incident included description of a video that showed Roby being pushed multiple times by security guards before he "lunged" at one of them and was then handcuffed.
If not for that tape, the Buckeyes may have needed to formulate a plan for surviving without their top cover guy for more than the first game of the season. Sophomore Armani Reeves will start in place of Roby.
"He'll be suspended one game just because there was an issue," Meyer said Saturday. "He would have been suspended more than one if [the video] didn't show [there wasn't battery].
"He was there, and he shouldn't be there. No, it won't change. Will he play the first game? No."