Former Ohio State Football Star, And Former Inmate Maurice Clarett Resumes Life And Enrolls Into College At…Ohio State!
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The media is buzzing with the good news that former Ohio State “Buckeye” Football star Maurice Clarett,26, has been granted enrollment back into Ohio State after spending 3 1/2 years in prison on a 7½ years in jail sentence he received for being found guilty of aggravated robbery and for carrying a concealed weapon in 2006 .(USA TODAY)
Clarett was re-enrolled and back in class in Columbus Monday for the second half of OSU’s summer quarter according to a university spokesperson Jim Lynch. Clarett was listed in the official Ohio State student directory and will continue to pursue his degree in Consumer and Family Financial Services.
It has been nearly eight years since Clarett played his last down of football for the Buckeyes. He was a star freshman on the 2002 squad that went 14-0 with a 31-24 win over No. 1 Miami (Fla.) in the BCS National Championship.
In 2003 Clarett was suspended by OSU for his sophomore season after he was charged with filing a false police report, and he also got caught up in an academic scandal, and then athletic director Andy Geiger stated Clarett took thousands of dollars in special benefits.(SOURCE)
That need his collegiate football career, and Clarett attempted to sue the NFL challenging their rule that a player must wait three years after graduating from high school to declare for the draft. Although he initially won the case, his ruling was overturned by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
In 2004 he had an opportunity to play for the Denver Broncos but he was out of shape, and it did not work out, as he was released by the team after playing only one down.
On January 1, 2006 Clarett was charged with aggravated robbery after allegedly robbing two people outside The Opium Lounge before taking one of their cell phones. (SOURCE)
Police tried to pull Clarett over after he made an illegal u-turn on August 9, 2006. Instead of pulling over he led police on a chase. He reached a plea deal with prosecutors and was sent to the Toledo Correctional Institution for 3½ years.
In April Clarett was granted an early release due to good behavior.
Clarett says in a statement that it is a “surreal feeling to be back at Ohio State” and that he doesn’t want to be a “distraction or nuisance” to the football team or other students.(SOURCE)
I am glad to see this young man getting his life back together, and pursue a quality life that he deserves.
Good luck with your studies Mr Maurice Clarett!!!College will be your road to redemption!!!
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