Video appears to clear Carlos Hyde of assault
Headshots for OSU football at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Thursday, June 27, 2013. Image by Kirk Irwin
COLUMBUS, OH - Columbus nightclub video footage appears to clear Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde of allegedly hitting a woman, Yahoo! Sports is reporting. Hyde graduated from Naples High School.
The video reportedly shows the alleged victim punching Hyde in the head after he had been speaking in her direction. He then reached back in her direction but never appeared to make contact.
Hyde ran for 970 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2012, establishing himself as Ohio State's top running back.
“I have a clear set of core values in place that members of this football program are constantly reminded of and are expected to honor,” Meyer said Monday in a statement addressing the suspension. “There are also expectations with regard to behavior. I expect our players to conduct themselves responsibly and appropriately and they will be held accountable for their actions.”
“Swift, effective and fair discipline is the standard for our entire athletics program,” Director of Athletics Gene Smith said in a statement. “I applaud Coach Meyer for his immediate actions.”