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OSU's Tracy Sprinkle pleads not guilty; removed from team

Tracy Sprinkle (Source: Lorain Police Department) Tracy Sprinkle (Source: Lorain Police Department)

An OSU football player pled not guilty at his arraignment in Lorain Municipal Court Monday morning. He has been removed from the team, according to a university spokesman. 

Tracy Sprinkle was arrested early Saturday at a bar on East 28th Street in Lorain, after he was involved in a large fight. 

"There were 50 people in the parking lot fighting. Also officers observed numerous people fighting inside the bar," said Detective Steyven Curry, with the Lorain Police Department. 

When police arrived, they broke up one fight that Sprinkle was involved in, and told him to leave. But according to police, he went back into the brawl to fight someone else. Of the 50 people involved an innocent woman took the worst of it. 

"Apparently she was inside the bar based on a statement. There was a fight inside the bar that she was not a part of, she was hit with a chair and tossed into a wall as a result of the fight," said Det. Curry. 

When Sprinkle was taken to jail, officers found two small bags of what they think is cocaine stuffed in the back seat of the police car. 

Sprinkle pled not guilty to the charges of drug possession, failure to disperse, and rioting. He remains at the Lorain City Jail.

Sprinkle is from Elyria and played football for Elyria High School.

Jerry Emig of the Athletics Department at OSU issued this statement:

"Tracy Sprinkle is no longer a part of the Ohio State football team. His status will be re-evaluated after all legal issues are resolved."

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