Update: More details about the incident involving Ohio State defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle from early Saturday morning have been released.
Per the Columbus Dispatch, Sprinkle, 19, is facing charges of cocaine possession, rioting and failure to disperse. He was allegedly a part of a large fight outside "Grown & Sexy Bar" in Lorain, Ohio that "police described as a riot."
According to police, "large pockets of people" were fighting both inside and outside of the bar. One officer described the scene inside the bar as "absolute mayhem." The officer came across a 23-year-old man who was "shirtless," "blood-faced" and yelling at Sprinkle.
Sprinkle was instructed to leave by officers but was arrested after becoming "engaged in another scuffle." He was then placed in a patrol car. After being removed from the patrol car, police found "two small bags of white powder stuffed into the seat," which led to the cocaine possession charge.
Police acknowledged that a juvenile from an incident earlier in the night had been in the back of the car, but nothing was found when the car was checked after the juvenile was released.
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Ohio State defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle was arrested early Saturday morning after an incident at a bar in Lorain, Ohio.
According to the Chronicle-Telegram, Sprinkle was allegedly involved in a fight at “an undisclosed establishment” in South Lorain. Lorain Police Sgt. Mike Hendershot told the Chronicle-Telegram that a formal police report for the incident has not been finished, but the Lorain City Jail booking log listed charges of “possession of drugs (unspecified), drug paraphernalia, and riot/failure to disperse” for Sprinkle.
An earlier report from the Chronicle-Telegram stated that Sprinkle was found with heroin, but it was revised saying that initial “information provided by police” was incorrect. Other outlets have also confirmed with Lorain Police that Sprinkle has not been charged with heroin possession.
According to ElevenWarriors.com, Sprinkle has been indefinitely suspended from the football team and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday. The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that as of 11:40 a.m. Sunday, Sprinkle is still being held in police custody.
“(Sprinkle’s) future with the team will be determined following the completion of this case,” said OSU team spokesman Jerry Emig, per the Columbus Dispatch.
The 6-foot-3, 282-pound Sprinkle, a redshirt freshman, enrolled early at OSU as a member of the Buckeyes’ 2013 class. He was rated a three-star recruit and the 24th-best strongside defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com.
He was expected to compete for playing time in a reserve role for the Buckeyes in 2014.
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