The Columbus Dispatch scored a sitdown jailhouse interview with former Ohio State star quarterback Art Schlichter, who will face felony theft charges relating to Super Bowl tickets that allegedly were paid for by clients but never delivered by Schlichter.
In reality, it’s more of the same old, same old from Schlichter, an admitted gambling addict who always says (from his jail cell or when he's released) that he wants to learn from his transgressions and help those in need.
Apparently, this time around, he’s cost at least one person – a central Ohio widow – more than $1 million in his latest alleged scheme. Schlichter, as has been well-documented (especially in his own book) , is a gambling addict who has landed in jail more than 40 times since his Ohio State days.
"I'm embarrassed that I have hurt anyone, and I would give anything to make it right," Schlichter told the Dispatch . "I want to make amends to the people that I have harmed in some way. I wanted to reach out and apologize to people before I came (to jail), but I was advised not to contact them. That was the hardest part for me."
It’s not just the wealthy widow he allegedly duped. Schlichter apparently has more problems than simply that.
From the story:
He's likely to face many other charges stemming from local and federal investigations into a ticket-selling scheme that began at least 18 months ago.
Schlichter reportedly would tell people that he could make money by selling tickets to Ohio State football games and the Super Bowl. But in many cases, those who lent him money were never repaid, and others did not receive the tickets they were promised.
In a new development, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said authorities have identified 20 victims. Nine of them have filed police reports, O'Brien said. The others have not because they have said they see no hope of recovering the money that was lost.
Although Schlichter admitted he has an addiction, he didn’t use the word “gambling” in his interview. Which should be strange. But with Schlichter, it’s not unusual at all.
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