Once again discipline problems at Ohio State have risen their ugly head. And although this violation does not include tattoos or potential NCAA violations, it has resulted in the suspension of tight end Jake Stoneburner and left tackle Jack Mewhort. Unlike the SEC where punishment for drug use is arbitrary and chargers of burglary have become the norm, Stoneburner and Mewhort are facing much more serious violations.
In what appears to have resulted in nothing short of a man hunt requiring the potential use of police dogs to catch the culprits, Stoneburner, Mewhort and a third Ohio State student apprehended after relieving themselves on the side of a nursery school in the Dublin, Ohio area.
Unlike the Ohio State campus, even after the Murfield tournament and it’s corporate tent laden open bars, Dublin is not used to the antics of the average college student and something as serious as public urination could be the start of a dangerous slippery slope of criminal behavior. According to the Ohio State Lantern, although Stoneburner and Mewhort did not appear to put up much resistance and quickly admitted to their crime, one of the police officers involved did suffer an injury to the base of his thumb in the arrest.
The Lantern goes on to report that Stoneburner and Mewort were not charged with public urination but “Obstructing Official Business” and the Shawnee Hills police dept. has full intentions of pursuing charges. As for the suspensions, call it a precautionary measure by Urban Meyer until everything is worked out. Remember, Meyer is from the SEC and suspensions down there do work a little differently than suspensions in the rest of college football.
This story just keeps getting better. The Columbus Dispatch has reviewed the police report on the incident and along with thoughts of using their one call to call Urban Meyer (at 2 a.m?, I’m sure that would go over well.), Stoneburner nad Mewhort said that they originally ran because they thought the police officers were their girlfriends and they wanted to ditch them. Nice guys.
According to the report, one of the police officers broke his thumb when he fell in hot pursuit. I’ll leave the donut jokes to you.
The good news, after leaving the Bogey Inn (boccie anyone?), the three were apparently walking back to Stoneburner’s parent’s house off the fifth fairway of the Muirfield golf course about a quarter mile away. Great lesson Delaware police. Maybe next time drunken college students will think twice and drive.
Oh…and they spent the night in jail for this. If it was anyone else, I’m sure they’d have a great story to tell someday.