Ohio St. Buckeyes surprisingly reinstate Storm Klein


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Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer reinstated Storm Klein to the team last night but with the a provisional two-game suspension.

Klein was kicked off the team this offseason due to legal issues.

“As I had indicated previously, if there are any changes in the charges against Storm, I would re-evaluate his status,” Meyer said in a statement released by the school. “The charges that would have violated our core values have been totally dismissed.”

From the Columbus Post-Dispatch

Klein originally had been accused of domestic violence — a breach of one of those core values — and assault for an incident at his apartment that occurred on July?6 involving the mother of his child. Meyer immediately dismissed him from the team. But the alleged victim recanted her story in the past couple of weeks, and Klein on Wednesday pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and was put on 18 months’ probation.

“I have spoken extensively to members of both families, and that has prompted me to reassess his situation and allow him back,” Meyer said.

This is kind of like the Notre Dame Michael Floyd situations last year, although Klein’s charges were more severe. Meyer should rightfully take a a lot of heat for this reinstatement, as Klein is only there because he started ten games last season, and if he were a player of less consequence would probably not be brought back.

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