Bradley Roby pleads guilty to lesser charge, resolves case
Former Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby has resolved an original misdemeanor charge of operating a vehicle while impaired, pleading guilty to a reduced charge of physical control of a vehicle while impaired today.
Despite registering a Breathalyzer test of 0.008, 10 times less than the Ohio state legal limit, Roby was charged and then released on his own recognizance. Now, the case has been closed upon completion this week of a three-day alcohol education class.
"Though my client, Bradley Roby, maintains his innocence and feels he would have been completely exonerated had he taken this matter to trial, Bradley has accepted the prosecutor’s offer of a reduced charge to ‘physical control’ to bring closure and finality to this situation ahead of next week’s NFL draft,” agent Michael Perrett of SportsTrust Advisors said in a statement released to National Football Post and other media outlets. “A ‘physical control’ citation is a non-moving violation that will not result in any points being added to his driving record and there will be no license suspension. Bradley is scheduled to complete a three-day alcohol educational class this week which will effectively terminate the case. This plea was accepted by the judge and entered into the record today. Bradley is very focused and is excited about starting his NFL career.”
Roby is graded as a late first-round draft pick.
Roby was one of 30 players invited to attend the NFL draft in New York City in two weeks.
While the timing of the incident is obviously poor, it's not expected to significantly affect Roby's draft stock.
At the NFL scouting combine, Roby ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds and had a 38-inch vertical leap, a 10-4 broad jump and bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times.
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