LORAIN — Former Elyria High School football standout Tracy Sprinkle has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a brawl Saturday at a Lorain bar.
Sprinkle, 19, was released from jail on a $2,000 bond following his appearance Monday in Lorain Municipal Court. He also has been dismissed from the Ohio State University football team.
Gerald Emig, an Ohio State spokesman, said in a statement that coach Urban Meyer decided Monday to remove Sprinkle from the team, where he was a defensive lineman. Emig said that Sprinkle’s status will be re-evaluated after the legal issues are resolved.
Sprinkle’s removal from the team came a day after Emig announced the player had been suspended.
Sprinkle’s defense attorney, Mike Duff, declined to comment on the allegations against his client.
Lorain police reported that officers were called to the Grown N’ Sexy Bar on East 28th Street about 2 a.m. Saturday because of a large fight. When officers arrived, they reported seeing more than 50 people, some fighting, in the parking lot and other people running out of the bar, where fights also were taking place.
Police reported that they first encountered Sprinkle as he was being restrained by several people while 23-year-old Wayne Blue was screaming at him. Blue was bleeding from his face, police said. Blue later told police that Sprinkle hit him in the face with a bottle when the fighting broke out in the bar.
Both men were told to leave, but didn’t do so. Blue was arrested when he tried to continue the confrontation. The group holding Sprinkle back told police, “We got him,” and pushed him toward a car, officers reported.
But police said Sprinkle didn’t leave and instead was seen arguing with someone else, at which point he was arrested. When an officer tried to handcuff Sprinkle, the report said, the football player “began to tense up and spin around on me, causing me to shove him into the SUV and grab his right wrist and cuff it.”
Sprinkle was taken to the Lorain City Jail. The officer who transported him reported that after dropping Sprinkle off, he checked the back seat of his cruiser and found two small bags of cocaine, weighing about 0.2 grams each, stuffed under the back seat.
The officer reported that he had one other person in the back seat that evening — a juvenile — and he had checked the back seat after dropping a juvenile off at home and found no drugs at that time.
Sprinkle is charged with possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and riot/failure to disperse.
Blue and another man, Darrell Dukes, 22, of Elyria, who also was arrested at the scene, were released from jail Monday and are due in Lorain Municipal Court today, according to court officials.
Lorain Police Sgt. Mark McCoy said police will record Saturday’s incident at the Grown N’ Sexy Bar in a log with other nuisance incidents at that bar. The Police Department takes legal action against a bar’s liquor license only after they have recorded multiple incidents at one particular establishment, McCoy said.
Sprinkle is due back in court July 31.
Reporters Anna Merriman and Lisa Roberson contributed to this story.