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Ohio State Football: Updating the Jake Stoneburner, Jack Mewhort Legal Situation
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On the afternoon of June 2nd, news began to break out of current Buckeye tight end Jake Stoneburner's arrest around 9 a.m. that morning.

Early on all we knew was that Stoneburner was charged with a misdemeanor for obstructing official business but as the day progressed, we learned more about the situation.

Some of the news was good, some of the news was not so good.

 

The Not So Good News

According to NBC4 Sports, Jake Stoneburner was not the only current Buckeye to be arrested that day. The redshirt senior was accompanied by starting left tackle Jack Mewhort and another person not affiliated with the team.

The three young men were allegedly publicly urinating between two buildings near a Shawnee Hill restaurant early Tuesday morning, per NBC4 Sports. The report also stated that the two Buckeyes initially ran but stopped fleeing once they realized the police were the ones shining their light on them.

 

The Good News

Both Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort were released at 11 a.m. Saturday morning after posting bond for $2,000. Even better, Jake Stoneburner told NBC4 Sports that he hopes the charges will be dropped Monday.

 

The Bottom Line

While an arrest is nothing to sneeze at, things could certainly be a lot worse. An alleged public urination incident isn't the end of the world and shouldn't result in any form of suspension for Stoneburner or Mewhort.

Luckily they were both wise enough to choose not to flee the scene and accepted the consequences like mature young men. This being said, this arrest has still shed a negative light on the program and the university as a whole.

Hopefully this serves as a reminder to not only Stoneburner and Mewhort, but the entire team, that they must conduct themselves properly 24/7 because they are held to such a higher standard than the average college student.

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