Report: Dunn Passes Drug Test in Columbus
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Bri’onte Dunn is one step closer to a clean record.
Photo by Jim Davidson
At least according to a report in The Canton Repository, which says Dunn passed a drug test in Columbus this week after being stopped in Alliance, Ohio over the weekend.
Dunn, a 19-year-old freshman running back at Ohio State, was pulled over with “minute” amounts of marijuana in his vehicle, along with a wooden pipe used for smoking the drug.
Alliance police initially cited Dunn and his female passenger, but Alliance City Law Director Andrew Zumbar later dropped the drug chargers after Dunn’s mother arrived at the scene to claim responsibility.
Police said Dunn maintained his innocence throughout the entire stop, and the results of his drug test now support his story.
“It was clean,” Dunn’s father, Brion, told The Repository.
“He had to go through an outside facility, and Ohio State said he had to have the test done.”
The former Canton GlenOak running back still faces a minor misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, as well as seat belt and tail light violations stemming from the traffic stop, but he should avoid any serious punishment from OSU head coach Urban Meyer.
Meyer has taken a hard-line stance against drug and alcohol related incidents at Ohio State since he took over back in January. He even suspended senior tight end Jake Stoneburner and junior left tackle Jack Mewhort for their disorderly conduct charges earlier this summer.
Passing the drug test, however, will almost certainly help Dunn avoid the possibility of missing multiple games to start his freshman season at Ohio State. He is expected to compete for the backup tailback spot behind Carlos Hyde with sophomore Rod Smith and fellow freshman Warren Ball.
The Buckeyes will likely be without senior tailback Jordan Hall when they open the season against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. Hall injured his foot stepping on a piece of glass earlier this summer and is expected to miss the start of the season.
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