Ohio State’s Tracy Sprinkle Faces Cocaine, Rioting Charges

By Shawn Dwyer 07/07/14

The defensive end was indefinitely suspended from playing football for the Buckeyes.

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The situation has gone from bad to worse for Ohio State defensive lineman, Tracy Sprinkle, who was arrested Friday night following a wild bar brawl at the Grown & Sexy Bar in Lorain, Ohio. Sprinkle has been charged with possession of cocaine, rioting, and failure to disperse.

According to the initial report, police responded to a “large fight in progress” at the bar on Friday night and found roughly 50 people outside the lounge fighting in different groups. Sprinkle was one of the people fighting outside the lounge and was arrested at the scene. Police later found two small bags of white powder in the back of the police cruiser that tested positive for cocaine.

The first officer to arrive on the scene described the brawl as “absolute mayhem,” with people throwing chairs inside the bar. Multiple units from both the Lorain Police and Ohio State Highway Patrol arrived to assist. One woman was found unconscious inside the bar, a bystander who was apparently struck by a chair.

The police report stated that Sprinkle hit another patron, Wayne Blue, with a bottle. But according to one of the officers, Sprinkle "denied any involvement with anything.” Ohio State has declined to comment on the incident, though Sprinkle has been dismissed from the Buckeyes indefinitely. That decision could be reevaluated if and when his legal issues resolve.

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