December 22, 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.