As the Buckeyes inch closer to the gridiron for the 2012 season, yet another player is in trouble with the law. This time, it’s not somebody from a veteran recruited by a previous regime. It’s a talented freshman that Urban Meyer most definitely wanted to implement into the offense as soon as possible.
GlenOak product Bri’onte Dunn is the latest Ohio State football player to find himself in trouble with the law. The all-state running back was cited by the Alliance Police Department for not wearing a seat belt, and possessing drug paraphernalia. From the Canton Repository:
One source told The Repository that Dunn was initially pulled over for not wearing a seat belt and a marijuana pipe was found in the car. There was a second passenger in the car, the source said.
Dunn, who transferred to GlenOak from Alliance High School was considered “in the mix” for increased playing time with Jordan Hall out for most of the season. After running for a 2,000 yard campaign his junior year, Dunn nearly matched it in his senior campaign.
For most of his life, the only lesson Bri’onte Dunn has taught is to opposing linebackers. Once he breaks through a hole up front, he’s
coming for you going through you.
Now, after two encounters within the last two months, It seems like the best thing for this young man and his head coach is to learn a very tough lesson from this coaching staff.
As written by the good folks at Land-Grant Holyland, this weekend’s citation wasn’t the first encounter for Dunn and the Alliance Police department. From Luke Zimmerman’s update this weekend:
Interestingly enough, the only public records presently listed involving Bri’onte Dunn and Alliance, Ohio (the site of the purported arrest) come from a June 2nd, 2012 incident in which Dunn was cited for a failure to control– exercise reasonable control in a motor vehicle accident. The status of the case also lists ‘arrested’
Urban Meyer has made it clear since taking over that playing football for Ohio State is a privileged. In January, he dismissed cornerbacks Dominic Clarke and DerJuan Gambrell. Clarke was arrested for drink driving and shooting a BB gun on campus. Gambrell was dismissed for violating team rules. He was arrested in Toledo on a misdemeanor assault charge, as well as charges of menacing and unlawful restraint.
In February, running back Jamaal Berry was dismissed from the team. After numerous run ins with the law, it was clear that the former blue chip recruit was not a fit with the program. Then, after the removal of scholarships from Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort, Meyer released potential starting linebacker Storm Klein. The former Newark High School standout was arrested on Domestic Violence charges and immediately dismissed from the team.
In all instances, dismissing these athletes were the right move.
With Bri’onte Dunn, punishing him by keeping him with the program might be the best punishment.
With the correct handling of it, the move would send a message to younger players on the team. Not just a reduction in playing time and involvement on the field, but how about a suspension for a lengthy amount of games? How Meyer handles Dunn could be the precedent to the future of younger players in the program.
How should he handle it? Is a suspension justifiable?
Setting a tone for behavior is going to be key to the future. And as much as it hurts to give a player another chance before he even dons the uniform is a tough thing to fathom. Here is to hoping no matter how Dunn is punished, that this moment changes his life for the better.
Or else the next few years could be a long road of continuous trouble.