Ohio State senior tight end Jake Stoneburner was arrested late this afternoon, reports 10TV.com. The 22-year-old was charged with obstructing official business and was taken to the Shawnee Hills police department.
According to Ohio laws and rules, obstructing official business means:
(A) No person, without privilege to do so and with purpose to prevent, obstruct, or delay the performance by a public official of any authorized act within the public official’s official capacity, shall do any act that hampers or impedes a public official in the performance of the public official’s lawful duties.
(B) Whoever violates this section is guilty of obstructing official business. Except as otherwise provided in this division, obstructing official business is a misdemeanor of the second degree. If a violation of this section creates a risk of physical harm to any person, obstructing official business is a felony of the fifth degree.
After reading this, I took the time to do some Twitter research and try to find out what exactly Stoneburner had to have done, since no circumstances of his arrest have been released.
I also had no idea what any of it meant, and neither did Twitter nation. So I did what any other person would do in desperate need of a quick, direct explanation; I used ChaCha, of course.
ChaCha's definition was a bit more clear for my deficient mind:
It means with-holding information from the police which doesn't allow them to complete their investigation.
It's been a wild few weeks for Urban Meyer and the Ohio State football program, between the Eric Waugh recruiting situation, the admitting of minor "NCAA violations," and now its top tight end—and future NFL draft pick—arrested for a very curious charge.
Although this surprising news could continue to implode, I don't see Stoneburner getting into any major trouble with the law. However, if it stretches out, a worst-case scenario (from a football standpoint) would be that he is suspended for a few games.
And with a roster that already lacks athletes and an offense that revolves around playmakers, Meyer can't afford a suspension to a weapon that led the team in touchdowns (seven) last season.
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