It looks as though the report from WBNS-10TV in Columbus (Oh.) may have been falsified, and Bradley Roby was not actually arrested.
That's what he's claiming on Twitter now:
To clear a few things up that the media of course leaves out ..— Bradley Roby (@BradRoby_1) April 25, 2014
I was not drunk pic.twitter.com/CviiPuydkp— Bradley Roby (@BradRoby_1) April 25, 2014
I was not driving . I did not get arrested . Was not in a cell . No finger prints . No mugshot— Bradley Roby (@BradRoby_1) April 25, 2014
I have lost any respect I had left for the media. I take ownership in my part of it. But you run a story at least put out all facts ...— Bradley Roby (@BradRoby_1) April 25, 2014
Roby was arrested for a bar related incident last offseason in Bloomington, Indiana, and was later suspended for the first game of the 2013 season.
The Cincinnati Bengals have done a decent job at boosting their depth at most of their positions of need. The one position they've not really addressed is cornerback, which suddenly looks like the team's biggest need heading into the NFL Draft. Could they look to the college just a few hours away for help?
Ohio State's Bradley Roby seemed like a viable candidate for the Bengals' first-round pick, but that was before he was arrested for OVI (operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs):
Court documents show that the incident occurred on April 20 and a report was filed on April 22.
Columbus police tell 10TV officers were dispatched to Vine Street on a report of a person passed out behind the wheel of a car.
When officers arrived, they were unable to get the driver's attention. They opened the unlocked door and say they noticed the odor of alcohol.
Police say another officer was called to conduct a field sobriety test, which the driver failed.
It might not be as bad as it looks though, according to Eleven Warriors:
Sources inside the CPD and prosecutor's office both expect Roby's case to be dismissed.— Eleven Warriors (@11W) April 24, 2014
Roby's agent, Michael Perrett of SportsTrust Advisors, released this statement to 11W. http://t.co/h6xosBmsZ9 pic.twitter.com/qepgTjyPH6— Eleven Warriors (@11W) April 24, 2014
The fact that he's even in this mess though will likely scare Cincinnati, as well as other NFL teams, from drafting the talented CB in the first round of this year's draft.
The latest mock draft from Matthew Fairburn at SB Nation has the Bengals taking Roby, as do several other mocks.
Like the ball-carrier in the photo above, Roby's chances at being selected in the first-round probably just slipped through his hand.
That doesn't completely take the Bengals out of the market for Roby though. Now that he's probably going to fall in to the second or even third round, he could be someone the Bengals snatch and stash on the bench in 2014.
Watching Roby, it's clear that there is some serious talent there, but it's equally as clear that there are a lot of holes in his game that could easily keep him on the bench for the majority of his rookie season.
At least, that's how it would play out with the Bengals. Adam, Jones, Leon Hall (if healthy), Terence Newman and even Dre Kirkpatrick will be good enough as a whole to keep Roby from playing in anything other than in mop-up duty in a blowout, or as an injury replacement.