When Federal officials raided the tattoo parlor and found numerous photo’s and other items that were signed by the players, allegedly the owners of the unnamed establishment said the players were given free tattoos in exchange for their signatures.
Eight to nine Ohio State football players are alleged to have received numerous free tattoos in exchange for autographing pictures and memorabilia. If true, the allegations would be an NCAA infraction under “improper benefits,” and the players could face sanctions including suspension from the Sugar Bowl.
Ohio State faces Arkansas on Jan. 4 in the Sugar Bowl at the New Orleans Superdome. It is a BCS Bowl Game and will net the Big 10 just under $14 million.
While players went on Christmas break after their Tuesday practice, it is the athletic department and school administrators who are huddling for a play call and possible comment on Thursday.
Ohio State athletic officials have yet to return BIG 10 Rant phone calls for comment. They have issued a “no information to share” release. They are supposedly trying to decide that if they take preemptive action to suspend players for the first game next year, will that satisfy the NCAA and keep the players eligible for the Sugar Bowl.
In Columbus, Ohio multiple media outlets including ABC6/FOX 28, 19Action News and the Columbus Dispatch as well as blogs and websites are buzzing with the allegations.
Multiple media reports out of Columbus name starting Buckeye quarterback Terrelle Pryor as one of the players involved. Pryor did not deny receiving tattoos at the parlor and stated on his twitter account that “I paid for my tattoos. Go Bucks.” Pryor threw for 25 touchdowns and rushed for five this year.
Other players reported to be under investigation are; Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Chris Fields, Nate Oliver, Travis Howard, Mike Adams, Jonathon Newsome, Michael Brewster and Jordan Hall.
Herron is the leading rusher for the Buckeyes with 1,068 yards and 15 touchdowns, while Posey is the second leading receiver and accounted for 778 yards receiving while hauling in six touchdowns.