Investigation to End Next Week
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ The chief of Ohio State’s campus police expects the investigation into allegations involving two men’s basketball players to be completed early next week.
Jami Bosley, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound guard, and Scott Gradney, a 6-9, 200-pound forward, both freshmen last season, are under investigation for allegedly breaking into cars on campus about 3 a.m. Sunday, according to several reports.
A statement Tuesday from Ohio State’s sports information department said both would be suspended indefinitely from the team.
``No charges on anybody yet,″ university police chief Ron Michalec said Wednesday. ``I’m still in the process of working on this and getting to the bottom of it all.″
Asked when his investigation would be completed, he said, ``Probably about the beginning of this coming week.″
A university police report said two members of Ohio State’s Student Safety Service, a paid civilian patrol group, were riding bicycles along High Street when they heard glass breaking in a campus parking area. Both went to the second level of the parking area, where they noticed a Pontiac Firebird with its engine running and its lights off. It was parked next to a blue car.
The patrol members said they watched one person go through the trunk of the blue car and noticed that a window had been broken on the car. When the person looking through the trunk noticed the patrol members, he slammed the blue car’s trunk and got into the Firebird. The patrol students said he had a brown bag and a red object in his hand.
The Firebird pulled away and later was stopped by campus police. A subsequent search of the parking area found that two other cars had been entered through side windows.
One of the patrol members, Mitchell Kaspy, said he was not permitted to discuss the case, on orders of his supervisor.
Bosley, from Massillon Jackson High School, started 18 games and played in all 27 games for the Buckeyes last season. He averaged 5.6 points and 2.3 rebounds.
Gradney, of Louisville, Ky., came off the bench in 20 games and scored 1.6 points per game.
They are the fourth and fifth Ohio State players to be suspended from the team in the past 26 months because of legal problems. Four players for the Buckeyes have faced criminal charges since the university was put on NCAA probation for recruiting violations three years ago. All are out of the program now. Three were kicked off the team and one graduated.
Ohio State coach Randy Ayers told The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer he was less tolerant of misdeeds by his current players because of the previous problems.
He declined additional comment ``until everything is in.″
If the suspensions are in effect next month, neither Bosley nor Gradney will accompany the team on a tour of South Africa, athletics department spokesman Gerry Emig said.