When reports surfaced that an alleged altercation with his girlfriend was at the center of running back Bri’onte Dunn’s dismissal from the Ohio State football team, the details weren’t expected to be pretty.
No shock: They aren’t.
The 6-foot, 2115-pound Dunn, expected to contend for major snaps in the Buckeyes backfield this fall after averaging 6.5 yards per carry in 2015 behind starter Ezekiel Elliott, was dismissed from the program Monday for what coach Urban Meyer termed “a violation of team rules.”
But 10TV.com (WBNS-TV) in Columbus offered more details in a Tuesday report, citing local police:
In a 911 call placed early Sunday morning from her Columbus home, Dunn’s girlfriend told dispatchers her boyfriend had hurt her. She said he grabbed and choked her.
“He hit me the first time at 4:40. I left,” the alleged victim said to dispatchers. “Then I was just calling my friend and see if I could sleep somewhere and nobody answered. So I made a circle back around and came back here and he was still here. So I came upstairs and I said you need to leave before I call the cops. He saw that I had my phone out cause I was going to try to record it because this isn’t the first time that this has happened and that’s when he started going crazy.”
While there have been no criminal charges filed, 10TV confirmed Dunn’s girlfriend has filed a protection order against him.
Dunn spoke with 10TV and said he is upset, but can’t say much more.
And for legal reasons, in the short term, he probably won’t. Sunday morning’s altercation was believed to be Dunn’s second reported brush with the law while at Ohio State; the running back was acquitted of a disorderly conduct charge in 2012 after a run-in with police. From 10TV.com:
His girlfriend said that she is moving on and she believes Dunn is too.
So, for that matter, is Meyer — who’s now expected to turn to redshirt freshman Mike Weber or true freshmen Antonio Williams and DeMario McCall as J.T. Barrett’s top backfield partner this fall.