Meyer issues 1-game suspension for Roby
A charge that has already been reduced could ultimately be dismissed entirely, but that won't be enough for Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby to avoid a suspension.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A charge that has already been reduced could ultimately be dismissed entirely, but that won't be enough for Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby to avoid a suspension.
Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer will sit the star defensive back for the season opener against Buffalo following his arrest last month at a bar in Bloomington, Ind., an incident that initially carried a Class A misdemeanor charge of battery but was lowered to a Class B disorderly conduct on Friday.
Also, running back Rod Smith has been suspended for the Buffalo game because of a violation of team rules last winter.
Leading scorer Carlos Hyde was suspended for the first three games after an alleged assault of a woman in which he did not face charges.
According to The Associated Press, Roby is eligible for pretrial diversion, a program which could erase the charge completely if he's not arrested in the next year. But even though the case isn't completely resolved yet, Meyer issued his own verdict after practice on Saturday morning.
"I don't think it's done yet," Meyer said. "The assault or battery, that was the part, there's a video of it and the story I was told was that there wasn't [any battery by Roby].
"He'll be suspended one game just because there was an issue, and I'll make further determination -- I don't think it's done."
Roby is scheduled for a pretrial conference on Aug. 26, the week of the first game of the year at home against Buffalo.
The Buckeyes have already been planning for life without the ESPN.com first-team All-American, working Roby out with the second-team secondary while the investigation into the issue continued during training camp. According to the Columbus Dispatch, a supplemental police report included description of a video that showed Roby being pushed multiple times by security guards before he "lunged" at one of them and was then handcuffed.
If not for that tape, the Buckeyes may have needed to formulate a plan for surviving without their top cover guy for more than a game. But even if the charges are ultimately dismissed entirely, Meyer won't be waiving the punishment he settled on for Roby.
"He would have been suspended more than one if it didn't show that," Meyer said. "He was there, and he shouldn't be there. No, it won't change.
"Will he play the first game? No."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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