Ohio State CB Bradley Roby, who was expected to hear his name called somewhere in the first round of the May 8 NFL draft, was charged with OVI (operating a vehicle under the influence), according to TV10 in Columbus, Ohio.
According to court documents, the incident occurred on April 20 and a report was filed two days later.
The TV10 report says that Columbus police officers were dispatched to a report of a person passed out behind the wheel of a car. When they arrived, the driver did not respond, but they noticed the odor of alcohol in the car. Eventually, the driver — believed to be Roby — failed the field sobriety test.
Roby's agent, Michael Perrett disputed the report. Perrett issued a statement that read:
"Bradley was sitting in his parked car in a parking lot when he was approached and questioned by an officer. He was fully cooperative and willingly submitted to field sobriety and breathalyzer tests. His BAC test registered a negligible .008 and after further testing at the police station, he was very quickly released on his own recognizance. There are no other charges, and we are confident that this matter will be resolved quickly and favorably for Bradley."
Roby also took to Twitter to defend his name — and he provided visual evidence to help do so.
I was not driving . I did not get arrested . Was not in a cell . No finger prints . No mugshot— Bradley Roby (@BradRoby_1) April 25, 2014
Roby, one of 30 player the NFL invited to Radio City Music Hall for the May 8-10 draft, left Ohio State following his junior season. Shutdown Corner recently mocked him as the 15th pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Although charges were later dismissed, Roby was suspended at the start of last season for one game stemming from a bar fight.
It's not clear what this incident will do to Roby's draft stock, but it clearly doesn't help at all. It also reminds us vaguely of the situation faced by former Nebraska CB Alfonzo Dennard, who was arrested five days prior to the 2012 NFL draft for reportedly assaulting a police officer. Clearly, Dennard's charges were more serious, and he fell from a second- or third-round prospect all the way to the seventh round that year. Dennard later served time in jail this offseason related to the case.
Roby's charges are less than that but still serious. And his timing couldn't be much worse, with the draft less than two weeks away.
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