Ohio State's Jaamal Berry named suspect in alleged assault; Gene Smith 'aware' of incident
Published: Monday, October 24, 2011
Updated: Saturday, June 16, 2012 01:06
Ohio State football player Jaamal Berry has been named a suspect in an alleged assault that occurred Friday morning, according to a report from the Columbus Police Department. It is the second incident involving Berry allegedly assaulting another individual in less than a month.
The latest incident occurred at 2:20 a.m. Friday on Vine Street, behind North Market, and involved a 21-year-old non-OSU student. The victim was "struck in the face with a closed fist," according to the Columbus police report.
Berry, a redshirt sophomore running back, was with another African-American male and was allegedly yelling at the victim and his friend, after the victim was struck by a car. The victim, who The Lantern has chosen not to name at this time, said that Berry and his friend were yelling vulgar remarks at him. After asking why they were yelling, the victim said that Berry crossed the street and punched his friend, and then punched him in the face with a closed fist.
Berry was later identified by a witness, and the alleged victim said he confirmed Berry's identity when shown a picture by police.
The victim's mother, who requested anonymity, said she spoke with Gene Smith, OSU athletic director, about the incident on Friday afternoon.
Smith said that the athletic department is aware that Berry might have been involved in an altercation.
"We have not been informed by anyone else that charges have been filed," Smith told The Lantern Monday. "If Jaamal is charged, he will be suspended pending the outcome of the case."
Berry and other witnesses involved did not immediately respond to The Lantern's requests for comment.
On Sept. 28, Berry was involved in what an OSU police report described as an "assault" on another student. Berry was admitted and released from the OSU Medical Center and no charges were filed.