In May, former Ohio State receiver Ray Small posted two YouTube videos apologizing to his former teammates, head coach and anyone else his actions had hurt. Small had been a major part of the scandal that cost Jim Tressel his job and Ohio State a bowl game. He was already facing drug charges from a 2012 arrest in Meigs County, Ohio.
"At the end of the day it’s about what do you do, and what have you learned," Small said in the video. "You can’t keep doing the same things over and over, speaking as far as mistakes. You can’t keep having mistakes over and over. That’s what I lacked in life."
Small has made the same mistake again, as he was arrested Thursday night in Franklin County (Ohio) for a long list of drug and weapons charges. The AP has the details:
According to the Franklin County prosecutor, Ron O'Brien, Columbus Police raided Small's Ferris Road apartment in April and found drugs and guns. Officials say they seized nearly $4,500 in cash, digital scales used in weighing drugs, over 400 Oxycodone and Alprazolam (Xanax) pills, and heroin. Along with the pills, police also recovered a .380 semi-automatic handgun and an SKS assault rifle.
According to the prosecutor, Small no longer lives at the apartment, but a Detroit, Michigan man, Anthony Jones, was in the apartment at the time of the raid and was also included in the indictment with charges of trafficking and possession of Oxycodone.
If convicted of all the charges, Small could face up to 33 years in prison.
Small, who said in his May videos that he was a father of 3, was planning on writing a book about his experiences. He also seemed very focused on kids being able to learn from his mistakes and life experiences.
In 2011, Small admitted to The Lantern student newspaper that he sold memorabilia including Big Ten championship rings, and identified a car dealership as giving Buckeyes players special deals. Other players were eventually found to be involved in the scandal, which led to Tressel’s resignation.
Here is part one of Small's video apology from earlier this year: