Report: Ohio State CB Bradley Roby Facing OVI Charge

According to WBNS-TV, former Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby is facing an OVI charge for an incident that occurred on April 20.

Roby reportedly failed a field sobriety test after being found passed out behind the wheel of a car. Per the report, officers noticed the odor of alcohol after finally gaining access to the vehicle through an unlocked door after failing to get Roby’s attention upon arriving on the scene.

Roby’s agent, Michael Perrett of SportsTrust Advisors, released the following statement to the Eleven Warriors website:

This past weekend my client Bradley Roby was issued a citation in Columbus, Ohio for operating a vehicle while impaired (OVI). Bradley was sitting in his parked car in a parking lot when he was approached and questioned by an officer. He was fully cooperative and willingly submitted to field sobriety and breathalyzer tests. His BAC test registered a negligible .008 and after further testing at the police station, he was very quickly released on his own recognizance. There are no other charges, and we are confident that this matter will be resolved quickly and favorably for Bradley. However, as the matter is still pending, we cannot comment further at this time.

Roby had a pre draft visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers back on April 11 and many project him as a first-round draft pick. You have to wonder how this latest incident will affect his draft stock and if the Steelers will remove his name from their draft board as well.

Roby was suspended by Ohio State at the beginning of last season after being involved in a bar fight. Those chargers, however, were eventually dismissed.

UPDATE: Below are some Twitter updates from Eleven warriors I thought I would pass along:

  • Wow! Dave [the scout] said to stay away from him in the latest podcast, and today Dave seems like a wizard. Btw, I thought that podcast was superb!

  • falconsaftey43

    Really? We’re considering this a big enough deal to remove him from the draft board? Sound’s like he had like one drink and fell asleep in the parking lot. 0.008 BAC is barely anything. Just saying, They’ve let a lot worse than this slide.

  • Superdriller316

    He didn’t get into enough trouble for us to draft him.

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    Hope this means he is there for their 2nd round pick and they draft him. It wasn’t like the kid was driving drunk he was smart enough to try to sleep it off b4 driving the vehicle. Sounds like a cop needed to reach quota this month so he arrested the kid when he could have easily just given him a warning. How many people is he gonna hurt sleeping behind the wheel of a parked car? Zero

  • Ryan

    I doubt it will push him down that far but even if we take Dennard, Gilbert or Fuller in one if Roby is there in 2 I take him.


    .008 ? This is a non story IMO. NyQuil or a half beer. Come on.

  • PoKey21

    Apparently Roby gargled with a little too much mouth wash. Selfishly though it would be a win for the Steelers if this drops him to round 2. Unless we already took Gilbert or Denard in the 1st, even then though it would still be tempting.

  • Johnny Loose


  • cp72

    What kind of jerk writes a citation for .008? It’s 6 am and I am .008 right now from last night.

  • D.j. Hoy

    Really? You would delete this kid off your board for a .008 BAC? You realize that it is legal all the way from .001 – .079 is perfectly legal, right?

  • Rather take someone who is actually a corner and not an athlete like Ricardo Colclough, or as Madden used to say Cocklaw with the tackle.

  • Kevin Reich

    “Noticed the odor of alcohol” through a closed car. B.S. excuse to enter the car. .008 is 4 beers and he was sleeping in his car not driving.

  • You can still be cited for being behind the wheel. If he was sleeping in the backseat or passenger seat non issue.

  • Fuamatu-Ma’afala

    It was April 20th (4/20). He was clearly stoned out of him mind. No chance they pick him.

  • D.j. Hoy

    Hahaha, I remember Cocklaw.

    I think in this year’s draft class you have to pick your poison as far as CBs go. Gilbert is an amazing athlete with great size, KR/PR value and average cover skills. Dennard is an average athlete with good size and above average cover skills. Verrett is an amazing athlete with bad size and (IMO) amazing cover skills. Roby is amazing athlete with good size, ST value and average cover skills. Fuller is an average athlete with great size and above average cover skills.

  • Sounds like he was stoned considering the day (4/20) and the breathalyzer test level…I didn’t think we should nor wanted to draft him in rd1 before anyways, but if he slipped I wouldn’t mind taking a chance on him in rd2 if we didn’t go CB in rd1 because of his talent/skill level….heck, I’m not sure I would mind them taking him in rd2 even if we went CB in rd1 because of his potential. We plan on double dipping at CB anyway…nothing says we can’t do it early if the talent is there.

  • Jeff

    I think 80% of the regulars on this blog have done worse…… Guess I can’t exclude myself :/

  • Actually, no. I definitely delete them because Dave Te Thomas says to, and he struck me as a sensible guy who has his eyes on the long haul and the big picture. On talent alone, I’ve mocked Lewan and Ebron both to the Steelers at 1-15. I never considered Roby after comparing his tape to Dennard’s and Fuller’s. Fuller especially impresses me as a good fit for the Steelers’ zone. But I digress.

    A blood alcohol reading of .008? You’re right–not a problem! That wasn’t mentioned in the original report–plus he was first reported as being unconscious, which sounded as if he was totally trashed. I’m glad to hear that he was just hanging out in a parking lot after having a drink or two. My concern [if I’m kevin Colbert] is why did the cop feel the need to approach the car, accost a passenger, have him take a breath test, and make it an issue? I’d want a clear understanding before I consider him for a pick.

    Btw, can anyone refresh me…what was it that Dave Te Thomas had against Roby as a high pick?

  • Yes, but do we REALLY want a player who can’t hold his whiskey? “One drink and he fell asleep”? What a lightweight!!! I can read the headlines now…

    “Key Player Misses Superbowl”

    …found passed out in hotel room

    In a bizarre twist of Superbowl lore, the Steelers’ star young cornerback, winner of the A.P. 1014 Defensive Rookie of the Year, was seduced by a Cowboys’ fan with more charms than sports-minded ethics into sharing a toast that apparently toasted the rookie.

    “I’m a bit muddy,” says the former OSU standout who at the time had trouble standing. “She said ‘may the best team win’ and we shared a drink. Then she started humming the Cowboys fight song, and I nodded off. The next thing I know, coach was banging on my door and calling me names. Darn! I feel awful that we lost…but at least my blood alcohol was only .008, so you can’t say that I was drunk.

  • You nail it. If I’m a possible first round pick despite having the highest rate of being burned of possible round one CBs (.49%), one thing I make EVERY effort to avoid is being found asleep in a car with booze on my breath by a cop. I’d ESPECIALLY try to avoid this if the draft was less than two weeks away.