November 28, 2014

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Former EHS football player, OSU athlete Tracy Sprinkle arrested

LORAIN — Ohio State University athlete and Elyria High School graduate Tracy Sprinkle was arrested Saturday after an alleged incident in South Lorain.

According to Lorain police Sgt. Mike Hendershot, officers responded to a undisclosed establishment in South Lorain after a bar fight ensued during the early morning hours Saturday.

Tracy Sprinkle police mugshot

Tracy Sprinkle

Sprinkle allegedly was involved in the fight, but Hendershot could not confirm details Saturday night.

“The report is not finished,” Hendershot said.

However, the Lorain City Jail booking log stated that Sprinkle was charged with possession of drugs (unspecified); drug paraphernalia; and riot/failure to disperse.

Initial reports based on information provided by police incorrectly stated that Sprinkle was found with heroin.

Earlier in the day, Sprinkle wrote on his Twitter account: “Happy born day America! Everybody enjoy there weekends with family friends and loves ones! #GoBucks”.

According to the 2013 Ohio State University football roster, Sprinkle is a defensive lineman. Sprinkle was one of five Buckeyes in the 2013 recruiting class to enroll at Ohio State University in January 2013. He was Lorain County’s 2012 Golden Helmet award winner.

Over the past several years, Sprinkle has endured life-changing events, including the shooting death of his older brother, Jamelro Hicks, in December 2011 after an argument in Cleveland.

Calls to Ohio State University media relations were returned Saturday but could not provide additional information on the situation. It was not known at press time if Sprinkle was suspended or if other ramifications would ensue after the arrest.

Contact Melissa Linebrink at 329-7243 or mlinebrink@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @MLinebrinkCT.


  • Sis Delish

    Phew! No neck tattoo!

  • Peter Aldrich

    Was he with Josh Gordan?

    • Cletus

      Who is Josh Gordan? Perhaps he knows Fausto Carmona?

  • Cletus

    Wonder if the lad will remain a Buckeye? SMH

  • pat2009

    Let’s hope the people of Elyria and Obio State rally around him. 19 years old is too young to write someone off

    • Cletus

      Yes, lets pat him on the back and say don’t do it again son. I am sure he will learn his lesson. That is the problem with athletes today. They are always pampered and never taught a lesson. Perhaps he will see the light. Don’t hold your breath.

      • George_Staursky

        Well it worked so well with Aaron Hernandez, urban Meyers son he wished he had

        • Cletus

          Yes, even a thug needs a hug. Urban has many hugs to go around. God bless Urban!

      • pat2009

        I think you are missing the point. I stand firmly by Tressel’s policy of forgiveness and growth and wish Meyer would continue it. These are children. Honest to god, 19 year old kids. Would you want to be held severely accountable for every decision you made as a teenager?

        The best thing we can do is support young people and nudge them to make the right decision. You can’t do that if you kick Sprinkle out of the program and disown him.

        The kid deserves a second chance. Then a third chance.

        I would make rather be disappointed than give up on a teenager.

        Here is a quote about Clarett from Coach Tressel in 2010 (taken from the Dispatch)

        “Anytime someone is part of your life, even if it doesn’t go well, when (he tries) to get it squared away, you’ve got to continue to be there for him,” Tressel said. “That’s just the way we do things.”

        If Sprinkle wants to do well, we need to support as a member of our community.

        • Cletus

          I think you’re missing the boat. This is Meyer’s regime. Tressel is no longer at The Ohio State University.

          • pat2009

            Of course. I am suggesting that there are things that Meyer can learn from Tressel.

        • robertloggia16

          The problem in America started when we began referring to 19-year-olds as “kids”… You stop being a “kid” around 15 or 16… At least you should… Now they’re kids until 25 or 26.

        • oldruss

          The only thing Sprinkle can’t do legally, as he is an adult having reached age 18, is to buy liquor. That being the case, what in the heck was Sprinkle doing in a bar in South Lorain at that time of night?

          BTW – Cleveland.com is reporting that he was charged with possession of cocaine, rioting, failure to disperse, etc.
          Will he be Meyers next Buckeye student-athlete of the week?

          • Sis Delish

            Oh, oh… Underaged… dis’in Cops… Cocaine?

            Seems he already has a pre-wealthy-athlete, posse group of sucker fish attached in advance…

            Not Very Bright.

  • AdamsCafe

    Cletus is right! Athletes are coddled and just passed from grade to grade, everyone looks the other way when they do something wrong (criminal). We give barely any notice to kids who are scholars. We celebrate those kids who get athletic scholarships. Live news conferences, headlines, etc. when an athlete accepts a scholarship to college. Scholar kids might get a little sentence in a community newspaper. Sad, pathetic times. From Josh Gordon, to this punk. Who is going to make a bigger contribution to this planet, the Sprinkles and Gordon’s of this world, or the scholarly kids fighting for scholarship money that these wastes of humanity throw out the window? Give me a disadvantaged kid with good grades (actually earned) over a elite high school punk anytime.

    • Elisabeth

      An elite high school punk?!? Have any of you seen this boys GPA? He’s an amazing student as well as athlete. It saddens me that all of you seen this story and despite the lack of detail are so quick to ridicule him. Understand that he will have to face the consequences of his actions but remember you were young once an made stupid mistakes as we all have. All in all it’s in Gods hands.

      • Cletus

        Well if he is so damn amazing why the drugs and at a bar fight in south Lorain at 2-3 am? Perhaps it is a case of mistaken identity? Perhaps he has a twin?

        • Mike Sweeney

          Perhaps from all of your replies you are a bigot and don’t care for Black athletes? Just wondering?

          • Cletus

            How does race figure into this discussion? Stupid is as stupid does.

          • Mike Sweeney

            I do not know if it does or not. I’m just trying to call you out for what you are. You have a negative comment for just about every other post in this forum that does not agree with your perspective. Looks like you are carrying around a lot of hate. I’ll beat you do not even know Tracey Sprinkle. Yet you would condemn him for charges that haven’t even been proven yet. Stupid is as stupid does ????

          • Elisabeth

            Thank you! Any college kid, athlete or not, goes to parties and stays out late at some point. But as for the rest of it I find it funny that the charges haven’t been proven yet and you feel completely justified in every comment you make. I would love to see what kind of press coverage this gets once it’s all said and done. How many of you will have comments then??

          • HankKwah

            From the sounds of things, he wasn’t arrested for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, though. He was charged with possession of drugs (unspecified); drug paraphernalia; and riot/failure to disperse. Someone else’s drugs in his pocket?? If the police tell you to leave, you leave. And don’t bother with the “go to parties, stay out late” excuse. I did that and when things went south, I got out. I didn’t stick around trying to throw some punches or mouth off to the cops.

          • Elisabeth

            Of course it “sounds” that way but just keep in mind things aren’t always as they seem. Let me ask you, were you there? You’re sure the drugs came from his pocket? There’s other reports that say different. And also a story released by the chronicle that falsely accused him of having heroin. But as I’ve said before once this is all said and done I’m curious to see where all of these “concerned people” will be then.

          • HankKwah

            Were YOU there? If you were, ‘fess up. And if you weren’t, then you don’t know either.

            If he was charged with possession, then he must’ve had the drugs on him. Right? He wasn’t in a vehicle, so it’s not like someone tossed them under his seat. If he’s proven innocent, hooray. If he’s not, there’s a large plate of cold crow for you to dine on.

          • HankKwah

            http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/07/07/police%E2%80%88bar-brawl-involved-dozens/

            Things DO seem to be as we thought yesterday.

            What say you now??

          • Sareesce Woolbright-Groves

            Hmmm, where did you read that drugs was in his pocket????

          • HankKwah

            Well, unless they were behind his ear, up his butt, or stuffed down his BVD’s, where do YOU think the drugs were? I can’t quite picture him as being the fanny-pack wearing type, can you?

          • HankKwah

            I find it funny that the charges haven’t been proven yet ….

            He was arrested. They don’t arrest people because they were standing around. Oh, wait!! He WAS arrested for standing around, they called it “failure to disperse”. Wow, if a cop tells you to get out, um, you should get the heck out. As far as “the charges haven’t been proven yet”, he hasn’t had his day in court!! So, what the devil are you talking about?? If you know so much, fill us in!! Otherwise, you need to wait until this all plays out like the rest of us.

            Yea, we all went to parties, we all stayed out late. Most of us, however, were never accused of “possession of drugs (unspecified); drug paraphernalia; and riot/failure to disperse.” Why? We were SMARTER than that. We especially didn’t go into bars when we were underage AND a high profile person that people recognize. That’s just ignorant.

          • rob

            She’s a bigot hiding under a different identity so she can be hateful. I deal with her all too often.

      • Sareesce Woolbright-Groves

        Thank You!!!!!!

      • Bob

        When I was this punk’s age. I was already in the Navy.
        That’s what punks like this need. I don’t care about his grades. He refused to listen to a police officer and had drugs on him. All his good grades go out the window were I am concerned. He might be book smart. But he is completely stupid when it come’s to self respect and respect for others.

    • Mike Sweeney

      See earlier post.

  • Chris in STL

    Meyers kids. He ran a thug paradise at UF, now coming to tOSU

  • Lisa

    Sad

  • Ken Hay

    Need to kick him off the team. What would a 19 yr old college student be doing at a bar at 0200 am? Nothing good…terrible decision by the young man and you KNOW he knew better if he wants to play at Ohio State. He simply decided playing for the Buckeyes was not as important as partying. Kick him off the team!

    • Cletus

      Amen brother. He blew a free ride. What an idiot!

      • Mike Sweeney

        What ever happened to the Carlos Hyde incident this past football season? Kicked off the team then suspended for allegedly punching some lady in a bar in Indiana. What ever happened to being innocent until proven guilty by a jury of your peers? Wasn’t Carlos suspended for just 2 games for being at a bar after closing hours? Just asking?

  • aric bowens

    Wow they incorrectly accused this young man of having heroin, all over the news, if thats not defamation of character what is?

    • aric bowens

      Knowing how the media and police are so quick to condem a young brother doesn’t surprise me that before he actually goes to court to prove his case most of you are so quick to pass judgment and write a young man off

      • Cletus

        You’re right Aric. The young brother is innocent of all charges. He was framed.

        • George_Staursky

          What is even worse, is there are people who believe he should be compensated for playing sports, though the cost of his education would be 100K if he went to class.

    • HankKwah

      Do they have more information than you? Or were you there? How do you know he’s been “incorrectly accused”?

  • Nunyabiznazz

    Poor decisions made by all: initially Mr. Sprinkle, and subsequently the idiots releasing inaccurate information about the situation. I’m shaking my head over the jeopardy he’s putting his future in, but also can’t help thinking of my son who had a 3.7 cumulative gpa and is a music prodigy and got no free ride anywhere…we are living check to check to make sure he gets his education. Sheesh.

    • George_Staursky

      According to the Knight Commission report, schools spend about 100k on athletes, and under 14k on regular students. Food for thought

      • pat2009

        Yes, but that does not apply to Ohio State because the football team generates revenue for the athletic department and in some cases the University.

        The student-athletes, including the non-major sports, deserve it. The amount of blood, sweat, and tears they put into the University is far more than I did as a student at Ohio State.

        • George_Staursky

          The athletic departments use revenue from football and basketball to support all the other programs in that department, including ohio state. Please tell that to the student who works there way through school using blood sweat and tears to get a degree and are still saddled with student loans. Ask them?

          • pat2009

            They didn’t pay for my student loans, but do make large donations to the University.

            http://www.osu.edu/news/newsitem2089

            This is a $9 million donation to the student library.

            Student loans are a part of the college experience for too many, unfortunately. However, I see a lot of college kids taking the “expensive route” for education. Not taking advantage of taking general requirements at local community colleges and not living at home. You get a degree at a place like Ohio State for much cheaper than if you live in Columbus for 4 years.

  • Mike Sweeney

    I hope you are not referring to Tracey Sprinkle as a “punk.” If anything, he is not a punk. As anyone who was with him on the EH football team will tell you, nobody works harder than Tracey. And all the reports out of OSU say the same thing. So let’s not paint Tracey with the punk label. This young man has a tremendous amount of upside ahead of him. We need to rally around Tracey and his family and offer them our support an prayers to help them through these trying times. This is what all great people of Buckeye Nation do in times such as these. We do not abandon our own but support them in trying times. Go Bucks! OH — IO!

    • Cletus

      I agree…he is the hardest working person who ever walked the planet Earth. Lets release him and follow his ways.

      • pat2009

        Why would you do that? Why would you give up on a 19 year old kid who has had one major disciplinary slip? We need to provide support and love to people who make mistakes, not disown them.

        If Ohio State only becomes about winning football games and not about family, community, identity and helping young develop, I want nothing to do with Ohio State.

        • Cletus

          Disown them? I just said we should follow his ways. I am a firm support of the young laddy. May he rise above the ashes and conquer all.

        • oldruss

          And how many times did Josh Gordon get a pass when he was a student-athlete at Baylor and Utah? And where is Josh Gordon today? I’ll tell you. He’s on the cusp of being suspended by the NFL, perhaps for a year or longer; and I guess as we speak, he’s out on bail in North Carolina for a DWI charge just this weekend.

      • Sareesce Woolbright-Groves

        I was going to tell you about yourself but wait, I don’t even know you to place judgement on your character …. Therefore what makes you think that you can.

  • Sis Delish

    A drug-testing is in Order. Let the results determine the fate.

  • Trevor Blansett

    It really bothers me when people who have never met him say all this bad stuff about him. “To this punk” or “A thug”. Anyone that was in school with him or around him at all know that he is the farthest thing from either of those. One mistake costs him his whole life? I don’t think so. You should be worrying about his health and hope that he gets his life together. Not thinking you are better than him.

    • oldruss

      One mistake? I can count several off the top of my head. He’s 19, underage, and in a bar at 2:00 a.m.? He was, according to the charges, rioting. He failed, according to the charges, to disperse when told to do so by officers on the scene. And the topper, he apparently left a couple of bags of cocaine tucked into the back seat of the police cruiser into which he was first put. (See, Cleveland.com for better details.) Several mistakes, all compounding each other.

  • moonbeam

    why is this even news ? this is what blacks do, they go to their dive clubs, drink do drugs and engage in their normal violent activity, 50 blacks rioting outside some dirt hole bar is their normal activity, and a black athlete on cocaine ?? what a surprise that is huh people ? put him where he’s gonna be someday anyway , L.C.I.

    • Cleo

      Quick question for you idiot. Are black people the only people on the planet that do this ? If so why is the the prisons filled with all nationalities you are a true moron and need to check yourself

  • Cleo

    Some of you people on this topic is real bright like in your past you have never made a bad choice or been in situations that make you reevaluate your priorities I don’t know this young man but let the court system work out the details before you write him off. The last time I checked no one is perfect and only Jesus walked on water. Correct me if I’m wrong

    • SniperFire

      Personal responsibility never enters into the vernacular of somebody such as you. Seems to me you the one isn’t real bright.

      • Cleo

        Did you read what I said never said he should not be responsible

  • Sareesce Woolbright-Groves

    This is sickening to me how people and even the media newspaper and social sites such as Facebook and Twitter are so quick to slander this young mans name and reputation. Making premature public announcements.

    • HankKwah

      Then fill us in on what we don’t know. You were obviously there, so please, educate all of us. Otherwise, you’re just a troll and you’re taking up space.

    • HankKwah

      http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/07/07/police%E2%80%88bar-brawl-involved-dozens/

      Tell us more about this slander of which you speak. Please. And what about the “premature public announcements”? Has the CT got this wrong, too?

    • SniperFire

      What’s sick is how the State taxpayer has wasting scholarship money on this thug.

  • Larry Crnobrnja

    Just another idiot. The word is “their”, not “there”.

  • michelle

    nice grammar and spelling from a college student.