Former Ohio State WR Ray Small Arrested Again on Drug Charges

Brian Leigh@@BLeighDATFeatured ColumnistJuly 12, 2013

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 7: Wide receiver Ray Small #82 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs with the ball during a game against the Penn State Nittany Lions on November 7, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. Ohio State won 24-7. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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Former Ohio State Buckeye Ray Small was arrested again on gun and drug charges Friday, and this time he might not be given a second chance to squander.

According to Fox 28 Columbus:

According to the Franklin County prosecutor, Ron O'Brien, Columbus Police raided Small's Ferris Road apartment in April and found drugs and guns. Officials say they seized nearly $4,500 in cash, digital scales used in weighing drugs, over 400 Oxycodone and Alprazolam (Xanax) pills, and heroin. 

Along with the pills, police also recovered a .380 semi-automatic handgun and an SKS assault rifle.

Small, who was a major figure in the scandal that led to Jim Tressel's firing, was already facing drug charges after a 2012 arrest in Meigs County, Ohio. In that case, he was the passenger in a car that was caught speeding, at which point he was taken to jail and charged with possession of narcotics.

In 2011, Small spoke to the Lantern student newspaper and admitted his role in the Ohio State memorabilia scandal. In the report, he confesses to selling Big Ten Championship rings and identifies a local car dealership that used to hook up Buckeyes players. These actions and their subsequent cover-up caused Jim Tressel to lose his job and led to the bowl ban Ohio State endured last season.

In May of this year, Small recorded a video where he apologized to Ohio State fans, coaches and players for his actions—his involvement with the memorabilia scandal, his troubles off the field and any pain he had caused to Buckeye Nation. The video was long and contrite, and at the time appeared to be sincere.

But his recent actions seem to contradict that remorse. These new charges are serious: According to the Fox 28 report, Small could be facing up to 33 years in prison if convicted on all counts. Local anchor Dom Tiberi tweeted the same thing:

Small was never overly productive in college, finishing his career with just 61 catches, 659 yards and three touchdowns. Yet he still managed to become one of the most memorable names in Buckeye history.

It just happened to be for all the wrong reasons.


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