It has not been a good few years for former Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Ray Small.
Back in 2011, Small informed the student newspaper he sold Big Ten championship rings and other memorabilia for cash and got special car deals as an athlete during his playing days. Then on top of that, he proceeded to throw fellow teammates under the bus, suggesting ‘everybody’ was doing it.
What ‘everybody’ is not doing is getting arrested for heroin possession, which is exactly what happened to Small recently.
The Franklin County prosecutor told the Associated Press that Small, 26, was indicted this week on felony drug possession and trafficking charges that included firearms specifications. Records showed he was in jail Friday.
Authorities said the grand jury indictments stemmed from an April search of Small’s Columbus apartment that yielded heroin and oxycodone, as well as a semi-automatic handgun and assault rifle.
Small was in trouble several times during his OSU career, but never anywhere close to this degree. He caused some controversy with things he said about USC before the Buckeyes played the Trojans, then faced a suspension later in his career, even as his family complained about the way he was treated within the program. He was then suspended for what should have been the last game of his career, the Rose Bowl against Oregon on Jan. 1, 2010.
Odd videos of Small appeared on YouTube recently with him randomly apologizing to his friends and family, though, the detailis as to why were sketchy. Now, not so much.
If convicted, Small would be facing up to 30 years in prison.