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Bradley Roby charged with operating a vehicle under the influence

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Former Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby, a potential first-round draft pick, may have just done something to significantly downgrade his draft stock.

According to 10 News in Ohio, Roby is facing a a charge of OVI, or operating a vehicle under the influence.

The incident took place on April 20, when officers were called to the scene of a person passed out behind the wheel of a car. The officers who responded to the call reported that they couldn’t get the driver’s attention, and that when they opened the door they noticed the odor of alcohol. The driver failed a field sobriety test.

Roby’s agent Michael Perrett gave a different account of the incident to Ohio State sports website

“This past weekend my client Bradley Roby was issued a citation in Columbus, Ohio for operating a vehicle while impaired (OVI),” Perrett said in a statement. “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. However, as the matter is still pending, we cannot comment further at this time.”

This isn’t Roby’s first off-field incident. He was also suspended for the first game of last season after he was accused of getting in a bar fight, although criminal charges in that case were eventually dropped.

Roby is one of the 30 players who will attend the NFL draft. This incident means he’s likely going to have to wait a little longer to hear his name called on draft day.

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  1. kylexitron says: Apr 24, 2014 7:18 PM

    I’m sure SF will find a spot for him in the “lineup”.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 24, 2014 7:20 PM

    According to football followers, Bradley is facing a charge of “OMFG NO!”.

  3. theroc5156 says: Apr 24, 2014 7:20 PM

    Welcome to the 3rd round.

  4. patriotsarespygaters says: Apr 24, 2014 7:21 PM

    patriots pick him up in 6th or seventh round book it!!!

  5. canetic says: Apr 24, 2014 7:21 PM

    Urban Meyer wants him back now!

  6. calhounlambeau says: Apr 24, 2014 7:21 PM

    Perfect fit for the San Francisco Mugshots, sorry the 49ers.

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 24, 2014 7:22 PM

    Bradley had to decline his draft invitation. Due to an unforseen committment to the State of Ohio’s Corrections Department.

  8. chad504boy says: Apr 24, 2014 7:24 PM

    Rams can draft him and him and kenny britt can battle it out in practice for biggest loser contest

  9. kingpel says: Apr 24, 2014 7:25 PM

    Looks like pushing the draft back two weeks is also going to cost some of these kids some money.

  10. tigers182 says: Apr 24, 2014 7:26 PM

    It’s clear OSU can buy talent, but it can’t buy character.

  11. thesmartest1 says: Apr 24, 2014 7:26 PM

    You have guaranteed the second round is the earliest . Congrats!

  12. oldcracker says: Apr 24, 2014 7:27 PM

    Due to where I live, I get to watch most of the OSU games. I really like Roby but, his play this last year was not up to the same level I got used to over the previous couple years. (I freely acknowledge that I am not an expert on this level of play)

    However, between his off-field problems and the drop in play, I am wondering if he has deeper problems. Hopefully, what ever team that drafts him, will take that into account. He definitely just set himself back about 10-12 picks. I hope he gets help, if he needs it.

  13. akboot says: Apr 24, 2014 7:28 PM

    Most dui’s can cost you 10-20 grand. This one could cost a million plus.

  14. ravenswhat says: Apr 24, 2014 7:29 PM

    I wouldn’t draft him. Kid just cost himself a couple mill. Absolute moron.

  15. uglydingo says: Apr 24, 2014 7:31 PM

    Bill Belichick just started salivating – bargain shopper discount alert. Breathalyzer, bucket and clean up needed in the 1st aisle Columbus, Ohio – please check the Wonderlic.

  16. patriots123456 says: Apr 24, 2014 7:33 PM

    Denver’s front office will take him…

  17. explosionsauce says: Apr 24, 2014 7:34 PM

    I guess the 49ers have to take on the Jokes previously reserved for the Bengals until another team steps it up.

  18. bennyb82 says: Apr 24, 2014 7:43 PM

    Something doesn’t add up here. He blew .008 and was cited? Hmm it almost sounds like he failed a drug test at the station and they just stuck with the OVI charge. His lawyer will continue to proclaim his innocence and accept a plea deal. The NFL will not put him in the substance abuse program, but they will be watching him.

  19. bassplucker says: Apr 24, 2014 7:43 PM

    How did this clown get an invite to the draft? He is so inconsistent he was only gonna be a bottom 1st to mid 2nd guy even before this happened. He may fall to the late 3rd now.

  20. Matt dog from C-town says: Apr 24, 2014 7:45 PM

    Got burnt alot on the field….now choking off it..

  21. sfraider says: Apr 24, 2014 7:47 PM

    So he was found passed out in a car on 4/20 and he wasn’t drunk. Hmmm what was he doing??

  22. icallbs81 says: Apr 24, 2014 7:50 PM

    Glass houses folks.

  23. burgandy2260 says: Apr 24, 2014 7:50 PM

    Looks like the 2nd coming of PAC MAN. What are the colleges doing to help prep these kids for the drastic life change? They use them and send them out to the dogs. The responsibility should fall on somebody to guide these people.

  24. shayeezy says: Apr 24, 2014 7:54 PM

    he was high, not drunk. his stock takes a slight hit but he’ll still get drafted.

  25. titusyoungslegalcounsel says: Apr 24, 2014 7:58 PM

    Oh no, he was passed out in a parking lot because he didn’t want to drive…..I’m sure no one has ever done something this horrific in their early twenties

  26. puppybowler says: Apr 24, 2014 8:04 PM

    Still not crazy enough to party with Jim Irsay

  27. niftyplifty says: Apr 24, 2014 8:14 PM

    Alright while all of you are running to 49er jokes, anyone notice that the arrest was 4/20 and he was arrested passed out with a BAC of .008? Methinks he wasn’t partying with alcohol … hmmm what’s that “holidaze” on April 20?

  28. psly2124 says: Apr 24, 2014 8:20 PM

    It’s possible he was cited because he was under 21 with a trace if alcohol in his system. I don’t know his age. I’ve known people who have blown similar under 21 and they get charged

  29. gomybirdsgo says: Apr 24, 2014 8:22 PM

    Sounds to me like he might have gotten in his car and decided NOT to drive and just wait till he felt good enough to do so. I never got why they can charge you if the key is in the ignition when as long as you aren’t driving I don’t give a damn

  30. petehemlock says: Apr 24, 2014 8:24 PM

    Shooting up the Colts’ draft board.

  31. rutchaser says: Apr 24, 2014 8:26 PM

    Was he avoiding Sammy Watkins again? And this is from a Buckeyes fan.

  32. skolisstupid says: Apr 24, 2014 8:26 PM

    Perfect viking material . Historic & fabulous. Skol!!!

  33. suhmonster90 says: Apr 24, 2014 8:30 PM

    Clearly under the influence of sugar from eating one to many chocolate bunnies.

  34. bensstinkyfingers says: Apr 24, 2014 8:34 PM

    What a knucklehead, great timing kid, 2 weeks from NFL draft, you think it would be a priority to avoid any situation that may hurt your image or draft position. Will be interesting to see if he drops from 1st round as predicted. Image the team that has him atop their board will still take him this late in the game.

  35. phillyphinsfan says: Apr 24, 2014 8:39 PM


  36. rajbais says: Apr 24, 2014 8:42 PM

    He should’ve declined the invite before this.

    Plus, his tape with struggles make him a difficult to bet on anyways.

    Regardless he’ll need organizational humble pie.

    George selvie and vontaze burfict needed it. Maybe he’s a fit for mike Zimmer.

  37. docboss says: Apr 24, 2014 8:44 PM

    Hello fourth round. Walter football thinks the Rams want him at 13. I think not. “You can’t fix stupid”.

  38. greymares says: Apr 24, 2014 8:45 PM

    somebody’s gonna get get a pretty good football player in the 3rd rd.

  39. catquick says: Apr 24, 2014 8:50 PM

    For that? I’d still draft him if I was in charge.

  40. kwjsb says: Apr 24, 2014 9:01 PM

    We have 7 million dollars to give you for playing a game, all you have to do is have a designated driver or call a cab, dumazz

  41. officialgame says: Apr 24, 2014 9:11 PM

    Hi this is Bradley’s agent Michael. My ignorant client is about to cost me a million bucks in fee’s so I am here to lie through my teeth. To think I could be representing Sammy Watkins and I’m stuck with this moron just ain’t fair.

  42. beavwarius says: Apr 24, 2014 9:17 PM

    this is a nothing incident.
    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
    or the other story :
    when officers were called to the scene of a person passed out behind the wheel of a car. The officers who responded to the call reported that they couldn’t get the driver’s attention, and that when they opened the door they noticed the odor of alcohol. The driver failed a field sobriety test.
    A good lawyer gets this case tossed. little if any impact on his draft status.

  43. stoptrippn says: Apr 24, 2014 9:24 PM

    He will be ok. First ever offense.

  44. bigtimebrownie says: Apr 24, 2014 9:26 PM

    Lots of unknowns, of course, but crap! If I’m this guy, an inch away from millions if I’m just not careless, there’s a thousand miles between me, a beer, and a set of car keys

  45. oldassgoat says: Apr 24, 2014 9:27 PM

    I, for one, was at the absolute pinnacle of virtue at 22 years old. Never a drop of alcohol (or anything else) touched my lips. I’m sure everyone on this board can attest to the same. Just hope he’s there at 35.

  46. ramitbaby says: Apr 24, 2014 9:41 PM

    .008? Lol. Thats about 3 sips of O’Douls. I’ve got the over on that one.

  47. steelcurtainn says: Apr 24, 2014 9:46 PM

    No biggie. I’d still pick him up in the 2nd or 3rd round. Very seriously doubt he would have went in the first round anyways.

  48. ytownjoe says: Apr 24, 2014 9:57 PM

    Drunk while parked? Maybe he should have kept on driving ’cause he might a got away.

  49. thegonz13 says: Apr 24, 2014 9:57 PM

    Two weeks before the draft, no less.

    Nice going, jackass! Way to cost yourself millions.

  50. tjacks7 says: Apr 24, 2014 10:03 PM

    Ooh .008, lock him up! What city was this in? They must have the lowest crime rate in the country if cops are wasting their time with this.

  51. chrisswitzer2189 says: Apr 24, 2014 10:19 PM

    Probably a second rounder to begin with and will stay a second rounder

  52. dukeblue12 says: Apr 24, 2014 10:26 PM

    “Littering and…littering and…..”

  53. lostsok says: Apr 24, 2014 10:39 PM

    Hmmmm…sounds like if he wasn’t driving he was being responsible, actually. He’s not a teenage. He’s a young man in his 20’s. He probably thought he was doing the right thing by NOT driving.

    Yes, a red flag…but not a real big one frankly. If I was a GM, I’d file it away…but he would NOT drop on my board.

    The NFL is not drafting nuns.

  54. jermainewiggins says: Apr 24, 2014 10:58 PM

    Its weird that carlos dunlap did something very similar. I wanna say it was within a cpl weeks of the draft and he was found at an interrsection passed out and slouched over the wheel. Hes turned out to be a pretty good player in the nfl but nonetheless professional athletes need to figure out what a damn taxi cab is good lord its not like they cant afford it.

  55. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 24, 2014 11:04 PM

    Meanwhile, as he soars up the Viking draft board……

  56. zeke2517 says: Apr 24, 2014 11:11 PM

    “His BAC test registered a negligible .008”

    Sounds more like a DWB.

  57. 4ever85 (aka Butch DeadLift) says: Apr 24, 2014 11:34 PM

    .008? Please. That’s like 3 wine coolers.

    A texting/sleepy driver is more of a danger.
    Some think he was reckless? He crashed out in his car so he WOULDN’T get a DUI, but police saw an african american in a car and decided to snoop around, and they had to charge him with something.

    It’s like arresting a guy who walks home from a bar with public intoxication. Police can pretty much drum up any charge against you, if they please.

    Nothing new here.

  58. mikei says: Apr 24, 2014 11:57 PM

    .008? Really? What’s the problem, an eighth of a beer might lead to heroin?

  59. groundcontrol2304 says: Apr 25, 2014 12:04 AM

    Let me break this down for you guys…since some people don’t really know the facts, they read this and suddenly assume the worse…

    The dude blew a .008 which is 10 times UNDER the legal Ohio Limit of .08…this dude probably sniffed a beer and got this absurd charge from overzealous cops!

    I will be the first one to point out an idiot making poor choices but lets be real, 10 times under the legal limit and they want to charge this guy? Oh by the way, the Police let him go on him go on his own recognizance.

  60. steelersarewhatfootballisabout says: Apr 25, 2014 12:05 AM

    For those that still live in a world of denial about the disease of addiction being real, case in point. A person who’s trying to stay sober one day at a time, or a person that doesn’t accept they have the disease, face the same perils each day. Those that refuse to accept they have this issue create this type of pattern. If they were rational and weren’t addicted, they would not have repeat events similar to the first event where alcohol is involved, and legal consequences are going to get worse. Don’t look at it from a rational point of view and be sarcastic and reactive. Look at it from accepting that people dealing with this are going to contradict themselves in their statements and behaviors within minutes to days of what they’ve previously done or said. That’s because they’re brains are mapped differently than the average Joe’s. As long as they continue to put the substance(s) into their body, they’re chemically altering their brains that they can’t process their lives and emotions in a rational fashion. That’s why they have various legal infractions over and over, especially surrounding fights and DUI’s even though their insurance goes through the roof.

  61. jbaxt says: Apr 25, 2014 12:19 AM

    Move over DUI, we have to let OVI play? Stupid lawyer jabber. I’d say 75% of players, and 90% of the male population got DCMAOVI’s (didn’t catch my arse operating under the influence) but we never hear of them.

  62. staffordsyear says: Apr 25, 2014 12:54 AM

    Roger goodell is killing this game.

  63. thetooloftools says: Apr 25, 2014 1:03 AM

    What a dolt. Party BEFORE you get paid. How stupid is this?

  64. iamdinguskhan says: Apr 25, 2014 4:49 AM

    He’s already got down what NFL players do in the offseason

  65. bullcharger says: Apr 25, 2014 5:11 AM

    I understand why that charge exists, but it would be responsible of the police to decide if the kid was actually intending to drive or had driven before they lay that charge. If they suspect he had driven I get it, but if he was just sitting there with no intention to drive that’s something else. They can legally lay the charge down in either case of course.

  66. dryzzt23 says: Apr 25, 2014 7:45 AM

    Colleges have no duty whatsoever to “develop” or assist the character development of any player. These players are legal adults, and it is up to THEM to grow up.
    Roby KNEW the draft was coming up and that he should stay out of trouble at least until he signs his contract. I am SURE that his agent gave him the same advice.
    Roby ignored it completely and I’m sure that he won’t be the only one.

    Don’t blame Urban Meyer, Ohio State, or Roby’s agent. The blame lies squarely on Roby himself, Roby’s parents, and the people that were with Roby on the night in question.

  67. bonniebengal says: Apr 25, 2014 8:17 AM

    I think this is overblown. He wasn’t driving and made a conscious decision not to drive. As the Mom of a son who got seriously injured by a drunk driver 6 years ago, I am more interested in the fact that he didn’t go out on the road drunk to possibly kill or hurt someone.

  68. bengalsucker says: Apr 25, 2014 8:48 AM

    Sounds to me like he did the right thing and DIDN’T drive. Hate that they can get you for OVI even if your key is in the ignition and you aren’t driving. I say he may slip a little but not much. Not like he was driving and got popped. He was sleeping it off in the car. I don’t see an issue with that. I’ve done just as most of the posters on here have.

  69. riders008 says: Apr 25, 2014 8:54 AM

    Half the people on here probably have a dui …so only if your going to be a pro athlete does that make you a loser ….roby made a mistake and let’s hope he learns from IT

  70. politicallyincorrect says: Apr 25, 2014 8:59 AM

    I would not touch this kid… not only the character, or the OSU connection, but I just don’t think he can play…. (looks like a combine warrior and not a football player IMO)

    I was hoping some team would take him too soon, thus freeing up another real player for my team….

  71. bam5239 says: Apr 25, 2014 9:30 AM

    His BAC was too low for a citation (kid is 21-22), so either his agent is lying/misquoted (maybe it was .08) or there is something going on with the PD. Long and short of it kids: party where you plan to sleep and get enough for two nights when you buy.

  72. smartestpersonintheroom says: Apr 25, 2014 9:34 AM

    This is the same dude that ducked a match-up with Sammie Watkins in a bowl game.

    He’s a scrub that can run fast and gets torched by average QBs and WRs.

  73. ecade25 says: Apr 25, 2014 10:04 AM

    He made a mistake but he was not driving the car at the time and was responsible enough to sleep it off in the parking lot but what funny is all the people judging this College Student as if they have never been to College or even had a few drinks in College .

  74. atthemurph says: Apr 25, 2014 10:08 AM

    “Operating” While Intoxicated.

    Sleeping in a car is not “operating”. He’s 21yrs old. Sleeping in his vehicle with a BAC of .08%. So what?

    How does arresting this kid for sleeping make any sense. The police didn’t see him drive impaired. He didn’t put anyone else at risk by sleeping. Utter BS.

    And he isn’t that good as a CB. Just ask Jared Abbrederis with his 10 catches for over 200yds v. OSU. Roby is a sucker for a double move, every single time. And WR who knows what he’s doing torches this guy.

  75. tabcdef9 says: Apr 25, 2014 12:39 PM

    WHY would this guy even go to the Draft being a very marginal 1st Round pick? Now he’s going to be sitting there with a TV camera in his face maybe thru Round 2, wow, what an embarrassment! Politely reverse your decision and hope for the best.

  76. djshnooks says: Apr 25, 2014 12:48 PM

    What an idiot, stay at home 2 more weeks!

    Is an “ovi” supposed to look better or bring a small charge than a DWI or a DUI?

    Can’t say I feel sorry for him…but I’d love to see him fall and the Bills grab him late. (They’ve always had a thing for OSU Db’s with Winfield, Clements, Youboty, Whitner.)

  77. tgcpanthersfan says: Apr 25, 2014 12:52 PM

    Before you trash the kid why not look at his twitter. He tweeted a picture of the sobriety test a whole .000

  78. golforepar says: Apr 25, 2014 12:57 PM

    Usually guys drafted in the 5th round don’t attend the draft!

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