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Ohio State LB could be exonerated and reinstated, per his attorney

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The attorney for former Ohio State linebacker Storm Klein thinks his client could be exonerated and reinstated by coach Urban Meyer, according to reports from the Columbus Dispatch.

The Buckeyes dismissed Klein last Friday after he was arrested on domestic violence and assault charges. According to police, Klein and an ex-girlfriend, who also happens to be the mother of his child, got into an argument and Klein "violently and purposefully" grabbed her by the arms and threw her against his apartment door. The woman had bruises on her forearms and her forehead.

Ohio State issued a statement the following weekend acknowledging the incident and Klein's subsequent dismissal.

"The charges filed against Storm Klein violate the core values of the Ohio State Football Program," Meyer said. "As a result, Storm has been removed from the team. It has been made very clear that this type of charge will result in dismissal. If there are any changes in the charges, we will re-evaluate his status."

And that change in status is exactly what Klein's lawyer is expecting.

While Klein's attorney, Larry James, declined to talk specifics of the case to the Columbus Dispatch, he did say — rather confidently — that Klein would be cleared of wrongdoing.

"I believe when this is said and done, this will be resolved in Storm's favor, with an exclamation mark," James said.

Meyer continues to have a rough first offseason with the Buckeyes. Earlier this summer, he pulled two starters - Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort - off scholarship for the summer for arrests after being stopped by police for public urination.

Klein, a senior, started 10 games last season and ranked ninth on the team with 45 tackles. However after spring football, Klein was listed as the backup middle linebacker behind sophomore Curtis Grant.

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