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OSU RB Berry hospitalized, involved in assault

Posted on: September 30, 2011 3:40 am

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Ohio State running back Jaamal Berry was involved in a strange incident on campus on Wednesday morning, according to OSU police, and the sophomore running back was hospitalized after allegedly assaulting another student. No charges have been filed on Berry, but as the Ohio State Lantern reports, that may be because Berry took the worst of the punishment by far:

Berry's name was the only one blacked out of the report but multiple sources confirmed to The Lantern that he was the other student involved. The OSU police report listed the incident as an assault, a misdemeanor in the first degree, with use of weapons including "hands, feet, teeth."

At about 10:25 a.m., two males were witnessed "wrestling on the ground" in the South Oval, according to the police report. The primary witness is a university employee who declined to comment, but said in the police report that Berry was muttering things such as "I don't know what is going on around me."

The report said Berry "appeared confused and disoriented and was unable to tell me his name."

The OSU police officer on the scene observed that Berry was "mentally unable to provide me with any of his emergency contact information," and Berry voluntarily went to the OSU emergency department. 

From that description of events, there is every indication that Berry suffered either a concussion or some other traumatic brain event during the course of the alleged assault, and though we are obviously not doctors and Berry's medical records are not about to be made public, the witness description of Berry's mental state after the alleged assault certainly doesn't sound like somebody who should be practicing or taking hits from opposing defenses any time soon. In fact, it sounded like the only place Berry should have gone was the OSU Medical Center, and we're glad he went there voluntarily.

Berry rushed for 266 yards on 32 carries as a redshirt freshman last season, and he has seen extremely limited action in the last three games this season, even with presumptive top tailback Dan Herron currently serving a five-game suspension and emerging star Jordan Hall suspended for the first two games of the year.

Being that Hall and Herron's absences have been insufficient to get Berry on the field in any reliable context, it's unlikely Ohio State will miss Berry's production over the next few weeks -- especially with Herron returning from suspension after this week's game against MSU. But with an incident as weird as this, and with Berry's state of mind so clearly imperiled by whatever happened to him, the primary concern here is that he acts responsible and steps away from football until he's ready to go again.

For the record, the Lantern reported that the other member of the alleged fight Berry was in did not have his name blacked out of the police report, so one must assume that if it were anybody of public note, his name would have been either blacked out or made (extremely) public. Columbus isn't exactly a media atmosphere known for restraint and secrecy, after all. So in other words, being that it's extremely unlikely that Berry was fightint a teammate, it seems vastly more likely that this is a Jaamal Berry problem than an Ohio State problem.


Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 11:51 pm

OSU RB Berry hospitalized, involved in assault

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Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: October 1, 2011 4:16 pm

OSU RB Berry hospitalized, involved in assault

Teres what a loser.  You are obviously tired of losing and just want to rant on these boards. 

Back to Berry, if he was the aggressor of the assult he needs some suspension time.  The thug life if fine at the schools down south but not in Columbus. 

Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: October 1, 2011 10:10 am

OSU RB Berry hospitalized, involved in assault

I hope this kid will be ok. I've made some bad choices in my life, and have paid the piper! I never tried to get out of that. When you join a group or in this case a team, you represent them in your actions. That's why they should be careful of who they allow to join. Either way, young people make mistakes, and it's not limited to The Ohio State suck eyes! BTW what the hell kind of mascot is a brown seed!? How is that scary!? LMAO Oh don't want that buckeye getting in your lawn! Man...they will tear it up! Yep...a big ass tree will grow and you'll have to have shade every day! LMAO!!!

Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2011 9:44 am

OSU RB Berry hospitalized, involved in assault

The "kids" in question are now adults....they need to act like it.  Quit trying to blame it on the coach and the school.  Maybe mom and dad should walk their "kids" to class and keep them out of trouble, just like all good parents do when their "kids" are in high school.  Oh, wait a tick... even parents can't babysit 24/7, and "kids" get in trouble.  It's called life.... and bad choices.  Keep hatin'.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 1, 2011 8:20 am

Jaamal Berry problem?

It's an OSU problem.  Whenever a coach is closing the deal in recruiting, he looks the parents in the eye and tells them that their child will be "taken care of" for the next four or five years.  Kids make bad decisions, but the coaching staff could do a little more in the way of mentorship, too.  

At THE Ohio State University, "mentorship" usually means something like this:

"Do whatever you want; just don't get caught."  That is not the enviroment to which a parent should send his or her son.  Hopefully, the parents of more recruits start to understand just how much of a cesspool OSU is, and that they should send their kids to a school that will do their best to actually follow through on the promise of stewardship.

Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: October 1, 2011 7:54 am

OSU RB Berry hospitalized, involved in assault

Buckboy5 - let's just take it easy on the Braxton Miller love fest for now.  

Fact - OSU has played literally nobody this year so the Colorado game shouldn't exactly be your basis for saying that Miller will have a breakout game.  If he comes out and does the same thing against a decent MSU team, then you can start singing his praises.   

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2011 3:30 am

OSU RB Berry hospitalized, involved in assault

Dude, your a complete and utter joke. Your hatred obviously makes you more of a douche. Its Friday night and here you are being an internet "thug" callin names. Once you learn a little about football and can claim a team instead of acting like your team plays any better OCC, then you can talk, until then, go ahead and do your drunken little rant callin names, pathetic man.....

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Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: October 1, 2011 2:19 am
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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2011 2:10 am

OSU RB Berry hospitalized, involved in assault

Beer is great.........

Its so funny when people trash tOSU's OCC play. They have scheduled these games years in advance. Everyone is quick to forget we played Texas, USC, Miami(scheduled them in their prime same as Colorado), upcoming schedules with OU and Tenn........OSU should be the LAST school you complain about OCC with.....

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Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: October 1, 2011 1:31 am
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