Early one morning last week, police were called to the apartment of Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett over a reported domestic dispute; however, no charges were filed after and no arrests were made.
The dispute allegedly involved Barrett and his ex-girlfriend, who both told police different stories about what happened early Wednesday.
According to Barrett, the ex-girlfriend attacked him after he asked her to leave his apartment. He told police that he pushed the woman away in self-defense after she attacked him, and she then landed on the bed.
The ex-girlfriend told police that the altercation started in the bedroom when Barrett allegedly choked her with his forearm and took away her phone.
According to the police report, neither person had any visible injuries nor was any medical treatment administered. Reportedly, the incident has been referred to the prosecutor's office, which will decide whether to press charges.
Ohio State is also looking into the incident. The Buckeyes coach has a zero-tolerance policy in place for the team with regards to violence against women, but at this point it is unknown if the coach will punish Barrett for his alleged role in the ordeal.
Typically, the coach’s decision to punish players has depended on the outcome of a criminal investigation or charges.
College students and student athletes who are accused of breaking the law not only have to deal with the criminal consequences they face, they also have to deal with possible repercussions from the school and/or team they play for.
College students can lose financial aid and can get kicked out of school as a result of criminal convictions, and athletes can lose their spot on the team as well as any scholarships they may have.
Needless to say, the stakes are very high for college students who are facing criminal charges. Not taking the charges seriously can throw a student’s life completely off track and can put the student’s entire future in jeopardy.
That’s why it’s so important to work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer when facing any type of criminal charge.
Source: Northeast Ohio Media Group, “Police called to apartment of Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, no arrest made after domestic incident,” Doug Lesmerises, Dec. 10, 2014