Two days ago, it seemed that the world was collapsing in Columbus, OH. With the news that Ohio State Buckeyes star running back Carlos Hyde was being accused of assault against a female, the Urban Meyer hate burst through and national championship hopes dwindled just a bit.
Well, you might want to draw back the Meyer criticism and, well if you’re a Buckeye fan, get those hopes back up just a little bit.
According to information obtained by Yahoo Sports, surveillance footage obtained from the ‘Star 2′ nightclub, where the alleged incident occurred, clearly shows that Hyde did not commit an act of assault whatsoever, against anyone. As a matter of fact, if there were any assault involved, it was against him.
Supposedly, this video shows the alleged victim who accused Hyde actually strike him in the head, to which Hyde did not respond with any kind of physical action. He left the area and reached back in what they described as in a “non-confrontational manner.”
Since being accused of the act, head coach Urban Meyer, under heavy–albeit unnecessary–scrutiny, suspended the running back indefinitely until the matter was addressed. If this video evidence shows exactly what it suggests, no charges would even be filed against the running back and he should be able to return to normal team activities.
Ohio State still isn’t completely in the clear, however, as there is still the Bradley Roby battery charge hanging over their heads which could potentially leave the Buckeyes with a significant hole in the secondary.
Jack is a College Football Writer for Rant Sports. You can follow Jack on Twitter @JackJ14RS