Courtesy of the Ohio State Athletic Department
First-year Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has dismissed senior linebacker Storm Klein from the Buckeyes program.
Meyer’s Saturday evening decision to dismiss Klein comes after the player’s Friday arrest and the subsequent charges of domestic violence and assault that were filed against him. Klein entered a not guilty plea in response to the charges, but an OSU athletics release said that “his arrest and the seriousness of the allegations warranted Meyer to remove him from the team.”
“The charges filed against Storm Klein violate the core values of the Ohio State Football Program,” Meyer said in the release. “As a result, Storm has been removed from the team. It has been made very clear that this type of charge will result in dismissal. If there are any changes in the charges, we will re-evaluate his status.”
Klein’s lawyer, Columbus attorney Timothy Walsh, did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s Satuday request for comment.
According to an NBC4 report, the alleged altercation developed after an argument about the future of a relationship between Klein and the alleged female victim.
According to the report, the prosecutor at Saturday’s court hearing said Klein “purposefully threw her against the front door causing her head to hit the door” and that “there were noticeable injuries all over the prosecuting witness’ body including to her arms.”
Klein is the third OSU player to be disciplined by Meyer since the end of the team’s spring practices.
Ohio State redshirt senior tight end Jake Stoneburner and redshirt junior offensive lineman Jack Mewhort were removed from their athletic scholarships June 3 after being arrested in Dublin, Ohio, for obstructing official business. Stoneburner and Mewhort fled police after urinating in public.
Klein was listed on Meyer’s post-spring football depth chart as a backup at middle linebacker while Stoneburner and Mewhort were expected to be starters for the upcoming season.