Former Ohio State cornerback and potential first-round draft pick Bradley Roby came out strong on Twitter last week after it was reported that he had been charged with OVI. Turns out he pleaded guilty on Tuesday anyway.
In a series of tweets, Roby said he hadn't been arrested, hadn't been finger-printed and hadn't been put in a holding cell. He also wrote "I have lost any respect I had left for the media. I take ownership in my part of it. But you run a story at least put out all facts ..."
Funny thing about that. According to the Franklin County court website, Roby pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of having "physical control" of a vehicle while impaired. He was fined $375 plus court costs and given 180 days in jail, but as the Columbus Dispatch writes, Roby can avoid any jail time by undergoing three days of a driver intervention program.
Roby was also given 30 days of probation.
His attorney, S. Michael Miller, told the paper that his client wanted to wrap up the incident quickly because “it could have a great effect on where he goes in the draft."
“Though my client, Bradley Roby, maintains his innocence and feels he would have been completely exonerated had he taken this matter to trial, Bradley has accepted the prosecutor's offer of a reduced charge to ‘physical control' to bring closure and finality to this situation ahead of next week's NFL draft,” Roby's agent Michael Perrett said in a statement issued to PFT. “A ‘physical control' citation is a non-moving violation that will not result in any points being added to his driving record and there will be no license suspension. Bradley is scheduled to complete a three-day alcohol educational class this week which will effectively terminate the case. This plea was accepted by the judge and entered into the record today. Bradley is very focused and is excited about starting his NFL career.”
Roby, in the CBSSports.com mock draft, is predicted to be taken anywhere from the No. 10 to No. 26 overall spots.