Police footage shows players discussing call to coach after arrest for public urination
POSTED: Saturday, June 9, 2012 - 12:00am
UPDATED: Saturday, June 9, 2012 - 12:04am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Police in Shawnee Hills, Ohio have released surveillance video revealing more details about what happened the night two Ohio State University football players were arrested after police say they urinated near a daycare center.
Ohio State football players Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort were arrested on misdemeanor charges of obstructing justice last Saturday, along with a third person who is not a member of the football team.
Brad Miller, who owns nearby Largo's Pub, said the incident is unfortunate because he had two portable restrooms set up for his customers roughly 200 feet away from where police said the boys were urinating.
Miller said that anyone was free to use the restrooms.
"If they came this way, they had to at least have seen them or run past them," Miller said.
Stoneburner told NBC News that he and a friend were near a Shawnee Hills restaurant early in the morning when someone turned a bright light on them.
He said they were urinating at a spot between buildings when the light went on.
Calls placed Thursday to both players and their attorney were not returned, but Stoneburner previously told NBC News that he and his friends didn't know where the light came from and they ran away.
When they became aware that the light came from police officers, they stopped about 20 yards away.
The third person surrendered shortly afterward.
According to police reports, the three men were urinating between two buildings which belong to The Oxford School on Glick Road.
In the video, the players were heard discussing whether to call OSU football coach Urban Meyer, but ultimately decided against it.
While some are offended by the act of urinating in public, others said it is an unfortunate incident that many others also engaged in during the golf tournament weekend.
"There are probably a lot of things like that going on, but since they're football players it's obviously magnified," said OSU fan Matt Sachs.
All were released after posting bond of $2,000 before 11 a.m.