J.T. Barrett handed punishment for OVI arrest
On the field, J.T. Barrett’s one-game suspension is up. He’ll return as the team’s starter — barring a horrific week of practice — for Saturday’s game at Illinois.
Off the field, however, Barrett is facing a different kind of suspension.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, Barrett’s driver’s license was suspended for 180 days for his drunk driving arrest two weeks ago. A Franklin County judge also ruled that Barrett, who plead guilty to the charges, will have to pay a $400 fine and complete a three-day alcohol education program.
The report said that Barrett made a brief apology statement to the Ohio State football program and fans.
“I know he is horribly embarrassed, and he is very concerned with how this has affected those close to him, starting with his family, his teammates, his coaches, and of course the Ohio State fans,” Barrett’s attorney Phil Templeton told The Dispatch. “He knows he is in a pressure cooker program, and he is really embarrassed for all the negative attention this has brought to the team.”
Barrett’s arrest was the result of him failing to pass a sobriety test at a checkpoint early on Halloween. The initial report stated that the 20-year-old Buckeye quarterback tested slightly above the state of Ohio’s legal blood alcohol concentration level of .08. Barrett reportedly blew .0999 percent.
Following the release of the news, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer suspended Barrett for one game. Cardale Jones got the start at quarterback and helped the Buckeyes to a 28-14 win against Minnesota.
Barrett will look to get back on track when the Buckeyes travel to Champaign on Saturday to take on Illinois.