Irizarry Held On Probation Violation
Louis Irizarry
Louis Irizarry

Posted May 4, 2004


A Franklin County Municipal Court Judge held OSU tight end Louis Irizarry in jail following a hearing Tuesday. The judge ruled that Irizarry had violated his probation from a previous assault conviction when he and teammate Ira Guilford were arrested for robbery early Saturday morning.

For the time being, it seems that Ohio State tight end Louis Irizarry will remain in the Franklin County Jail.

Franklin County Municipal Court Judge James Green ruled that Irizarry violated his probation stemming from a previous conviction for assault when he was arrested for robbery by OSU Police early Saturday morning. He ordered the 19-year-old sophomore to remain in jail without bond.

Irizarry, a Youngstown native, was put on probation after he was found guilty of assault, negligent assault and disorderly conduct in connection with a fracas at a campus dormitory last October.

Irizarry and teammate Ira Guilford were arrested and charged with felony robbery by campus police. He and Guilford, an Ohio State tailback who was also suspended from the football team after his arrest, have a preliminary court date May 11. Guilford, who had no prior record, was released late Monday after paying a $25,000 bond.

According to police reports, Kenneth Whitwell, 20, of Brecksville, told police he was assaulted near the intersection of 19th and College on campus at 3 a.m. Saturday morning. Whitwell said he was attacked by two men who stole his wallet and fled the scene by car.

Police investigated and apprehended Guilford and Irizarry a short time later on 12th Avenue.

Ironically, Irizarry told reporters during spring football he has put his past problems behind him.

"I don't expect myself to do anything wrong, especially under probation," he told The Columbus Dispatch. "So as far as I see, everything is behind me."

It was also notable that OSU head coach Jim Tressel assembled the team on Thursday to discuss off-season behavior, among other things.

OSU athletic director Andy Geiger told a number of media outlets on Monday that he sees little possibility that either player will return to the football team.

"Louis Irizarry had made his big speech to the media about how he had all this kind of stuff behind him," Geiger told The Associated Press. "The coach deplores it. I deplore it. And these guys are gone. They're done."



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