Small Arrested on Drug Charges

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Report: Former OSU WR Ray Small Arrested on Drug Possession

By Brandon Castel

As if something out of an episode of “Justified,” former Ohio State wide receiver Ray Small was arrested Sunday for drug possession.

Unfortunately, this is not a Hollywood script, although Small’s life story might make for an ESPN 30 for 30 at some point.

According to the Pomeroy Daily Sentinel, the Ohio State Highway Patrol arrested Small in Meigs County on Sunday evening. The 24-year old, who last played for the Buckeyes in 2009, was pulled over by Trooper James Trelka, who discovered over 200 suspected Oxycontin tablets.

That could be the least of Small’s worries. He was also in possession of hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes, a loaded 25 caliber pistol and what is believed to have been heroin.

According to the Pomeroy Daily Sentinel, Small has been released from jail, but could face charges of possession of a schedule II narcotic for the Oxycontin, along with more charges stemming from the other drug possession.

When he was on the field, Small was an electrifying return man for the Buckeyes from 2006-09, but the Cleveland Glenville product had more than his share of issues with team policies. He was suspended by former OSU head coach Jim Tressel on two separate occasions and likely would have been dismissed from the team if not for the support of former OSU wide receivers coach Darrell Hazell.

Small caught 61 passes for 659 yards and three touchdowns during his Ohio State playing career. He also had two return touchdowns, but spent more time in Tressel’s doghouse than out of it.

He was a well-liked player during his time in Columbus, but also a walking example of how not to carry one’s self during four years of college.

After leaving Ohio State, Small admitted last year that he sold memorabilia for money and got special deals on cars during his time as a football player. He also said that “everybody was doing it,” which at the time was a very damning statement for Tressel, who had not yet been forced to resign as OSU’s head coach.

“They explain the rules to you, but as a kid you're not really listening to all of them rules,” Small told The Lantern, Ohio State’s student newspaper.

“You go out and you just, people show you so much love, you don't even think about the rules. You're just like 'Ah man, it's cool.' You take it, and next thing you know the NCAA is down your back.”

Now Small has a lot more to worry about than the NCAA. His future and his freedom now hang in the balance.

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