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Monday, July 9, 2012

UPDATE: The Storm is gone from Ohio State

Over the weekend, Ohio State, specifically Urb booted Storm Klein off the team, following his arrest on domestic violence and assault.   Her lawyers say he “wrapped his arms around a former girlfriend, causing scrapes to her forearms, and then threw her against a door, causing her head to hit the door.”  They also say they have photos of the cuts and bruises. 

His team says she showed up at his apartment, unannounced (don’t they all), and demanded to talk about their relationship and “proceeded to cause a commotion.”  He then “forcibly moved her outside the apartment, and locked the door.”  Uh wow.  I have been part of this a time or two in my college days, and have witnessed numerous times where this happened to others (see: El Diablo every weekend circa 2004-2006).   Something tells me “cause a commotion”=see Storm with another girl(s).

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Whichever is the true story (THE TRUTH WILL COME OUT, DAMNIT), you can never put your hands on a female in an argument, especially if you are a senior LB and could do damage when riled up and not even know it.  Also, YOU CAN NEVER PUT YOUR HANDS ON A WOMAN.  EVER.

Welcome to the Aftermath:
Urb wasted little time kicking the starting-now-backup LB off the team after Klein spent Friday night/Saturday morning in jail.  Urb then released a statement, “The charges filed against Storm Klein violate the core values of the Ohio State Football Program.  As a result, Storm has been removed from the team.  It has been made very clear that this type of charge will result in dismissal.  If there are any changes in the charges, we will re-evaluate his status.”  BOOM.  OUTTA HERE.

Klein posted 38 games with Ohio State.  He started 10 games and earned 3 letters during his 3-year career.

This is the third arrest in the summer (Bogie Inn), and the third guy to be let go (Clarke and DerJuan Gambrell were booted in January) in Urb’s first preseason (8 months) at Ohio State.  During his last years at UF, Urb came under scrutiny for the arrests of his Gator players, along with a story that came out a few months ago that he gave preferential treatment to his best players.  One of those star players, Chris Rainey, sent a text to an ex-girlfriend that said, “Time to die.”  He was not released off the team.

The takeaway:
Obviously, Urb is starting his tenure off with a zero-tolerance policy and making examples of the upperclassmen (thanks upperclassmen, for being the examples).  Even if Klein was slated to start this year, I don’t think Urb would’ve done anything different.  It will be interesting to see, if the charges do get dropped, if Klein will be allowed to practice and be back with the team.  Once you get the rap of a woman-beater, it’s hard to shake, and to have Storm rejoin the football program with that label will be something Urban will have to look long and hard at.

Apparently Mr. Klein’s “ex-girlfriend” is also the mother of his daughter.  So you had your daughter’s mother file a report and get you, your daughter’s dad, arrested and kicked off the Ohio State football team.  Let’s fast forward 15-20 years….Hey dad, meet my new girlfriend, Jane (Doe) Klein.  Her dad played football for Ohio State in the late 2000s and early 2010s.  Started one year and earned 3 letters and 2 pairs of gold pants.  His dad: (Huge Buckeye fan)…Oh yeah, wasn’t he a linebacker that put…uh…her mom through…a door…and…uh…spent the night in jail…then was…uh…kicked off the team?  Anyway, have a good time, you two.  (Slowly backs away into his man cave/horseshoe/basement shrine to Coach Meyer’s 5 national championships).  I’m pretty sure every one of her date’s fathers will be around my age and know exactly who her father was/is and what her father did to her mother.  Good job, good effort Storm.  I bet Turbo and Laser don’t beat their ex-girlfriends-who-happen-to-be-the-mother-of-their-child-while-in-college.