Roby pleads guilty to reduced charge

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The pre-draft legal issue for cornerback Bradley Roby has been resolved almost as quickly as it arose.

On Tuesday morning, Roby resolved a citation for operating a vehicle while under the influence by pleading guilty to having “physical control” of a vehicle while under the influence.

“Though my client, Bradley Roby, maintains his innocence and feels he would have been completely exonerated had he taken this matter to trial, Bradley has accepted the prosecutor’s offer of a reduced charge to ‘physical control’ to bring closure and finality to this situation ahead of next week’s NFL draft,” agent Michael Perrett of SportsTrust Advisors said in a statement issued to PFT.  “A ‘physical control’ citation is a non-moving violation that will not result in any points being added to his driving record and there will be no license suspension. Bradley is scheduled to complete a three-day alcohol educational class this week which will effectively terminate the case. This plea was accepted by the judge and entered into the record today.  Bradley is very focused and is excited about starting his NFL career.”

While a 911 caller claimed that Roby “almost hit a bunch of kids” while driving at 3:00 a.m., the prosecutor obviously believed that it would be impossible to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Roby was indeed driving under the influence.

Roby ultimately was found behind the wheel of a parked car, with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.008 percent, one-tenth of the legal limit.

34 responses to “Roby pleads guilty to reduced charge

  1. The timing is really bad on this and I have to believe that teams are really wondering if this guy is going to hold it together. I am thinking that risk in such a deep draft pushes him into the second round.

  2. If a trial would ultimately “prove” your innocence, why would you take a plea deal? I often plead guilty to things I didn’t do just because, you know, how much of a pain and a bother it is to prove you’re innocent. What a freakin crock! Lawyers…

  3. This dude had a .008, and made such a big deal about being innocent…and plead guilty. I understand that sometimes, people are backed into corners and have to plead guilty, but after all the fuss he made about this on Twitter, it makes him look foolish.

  4. This resolution probably has more to do with the prosecutor’s relationship with Roby’s lawyer than not being able to prove his guilt. If there was no proof of any wrongdoing, he most likely would not have been issued a citation to begin with.

  5. ‘While a 911 caller claimed that Roby “almost hit a bunch of kids” while driving at 3:00 a.m.’

    Unless B.R. is driving through these kid’s bedrooms; then what are they doing out at 3:00 AM?

    The above comment does not release Mr. Roby from responsibility or show acceptance of his actions, but merely points out either a flaw in the story or an exaggeration of a 911 claim.

    Either way, feel free to down vote.

  6. And you wonder why these knuckleheads never get it, soon as he gets his contract on to the next dumb move. As long as there is no real punishment to act as a deterrent this will just go on and on. Personally, having followed the NFL for a little over 14 years, Taglibue just gave players a slap on the wrist, Goodel came out swinging but lately he is just a toothless bulldog.

  7. Why would you even leave your house this close to the draft? Dude, all you have to do is stay out of the news and make your millions! Dummy…

  8. He was pulled over the night of 4/20 with virtually no alcohol in his system, yet he failed a field sobriety test.

    I think it was in everyone’s interest to close this thing down quickly. No sense in spending time trying to smoke him out, as they say.

  9. A night where he was out at 3 AM vs staying in and going to bed probably just cost him millions.

    I hope he had a lot of fun because it sure did cost him a lot of money.

  10. LOL @ “it cost him millions.” Dear lord, people, he paid a citation, he didn’t EXPOSE his murder basement where the dismembered bodies of hundreds lay.

  11. .008 ….. mouthwash in the morning will give you that level.

    The story does not say what time they found him, but, if he only had .008 in his system at that point, it is hard to believe he was legally impaired at 3am. The body does not process it that quickly.

  12. Beware of Urban Meyer players……. not many I have less respect for than Meyer..

    and, I don’t think Roby can play…. and I defy anyone watching tape of him last year…. watch the Wisky tape of what Abbrederis w/ bad QB did to him… to tell me he is a good player

    Roby is pure combine athlete.. not much of a player.. and then we have the character issues..

    strongly suggest passing on this kid until 3/4 rd at earliest

  13. .008 % is one tenth the legal limit! and he is not driving, so what’s the offense. Something is wrong with this.

  14. Just another example of the fine cavalcade of football players hailing from “The” Ohio State University. Do any of these players ever make it in the NFL? The vast majority are done within 2 years and are usually busts.

  15. “I’d like to have it both ways, your honor. I’d like to plead guilty and be known as innocent, please.”

  16. Hey, maybe any stupid kids still out at 3am need to get out of the darn road. Yeah though, he just wants it to go away. No points, take the class, go on with life. I wouldn’t draft him in the first round, but there’s a point probably in the second where if he slips too far his upside is definitely worth the character risk.

  17. Are you freaking kidding me? Us readers, do you think we’re 10 years old?

    Not many people “plead guilty”, even to a lesser charge, and then proclaim their innocence…give me a break.

    Get real dude. NFL team looking at this kid in the draft might want to think about his level of honesty, and ability to accept responsibility.

  18. Ya, this smells bad for sure. The whole story doesn’t make sense with the information we have.

    I have a guess though – look at the picture of the ticket he tweeted – time/date is 4:20 on 4/20. Weed doesn’t make you blow over, and having a single beer because your mouth is dry would explain the 0.008. Oh, and it makes me sleep too.

  19. One-tenth the legal limit. Supposedly almost hits kids at 3 a.m. Yes, he plead guilty to lesser charge. Legal fees would cost him, not to mention, dragging it out during the draft would destroy his chances.

    So yes, it does make sense to plead guilty to something he didn’t do. I’ve done it because it was cheaper to pay the fine and no points rather than take off work, pay legal fees, etc.

  20. One of the worst feelings in the world has to be going to your mother and saying: “Sorry, mama. I messed up. Now no teams are interested in me and we have to stay in the ghetto.”

    Not that this will happen with Roby, but why any kid would risk losing out on a lucrative “job” that can provide for his family, allow his parents to possibly retire, and move your immediate family out of a bad situation is beyond me!

  21. He may have been driving recklessly, but he was not impaired – .008 doesn’t impact your ability to drive – point blank period.

    I’m not sure I agree with commentors confused as to why he took the plea if he was innocent. He was underage near a vehicle with mouthwash level alchohol in his system – I can understand his frustration on twitter. That said, fighting a charge tooth and nail takes time and money and the penalties for OVI are severe. Fact is, the plea takes OVI off the table…is not even a moving violation and will essentially be expunged once he completes that class. Most attorneys (and clients) see that as a win and call it a day.

  22. Under Ohio OMVI case law, courts have deemed “operation” to include sitting behind the wheel with the keys in the ignition even if the engine is not running. The way to “beat” such potential charges is to put the keys in the trunk (assuming there’s an interior trunk release) where there is no ready access to them.

    Anyway, a reduction to physical control is common in cases where there is no evidence, i.e. a witness, of the suspect actually driving the vehicle. In other words, this isn’t a case where a semi-celebrity football player got special treatment.

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