Former Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby accepted a guilty plea on Tuesday for a reduced charge of having "physical control" of a vehicle after he initially received a citation for operating the car while under the influence, according to a statement to ProFootballTalk.com from his agent.
Roby, who turns 22 on Wednesday, said via his agent that he's excited to move forward with a resolution in the case as he prepares for the NFL draft next week:
“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."
His agent went on to say that Roby will take a three-day alcohol education course this week, which will "effectively terminate the case." The "physical control" citation is a non-moving violation, according to his agent, and thus Roby will not incur any points on his driving record, nor will he have his license suspended.
A previous report had indicated that the 5-foot-11, 194-pound Roby passed the breath test, but failed a field sobriety test that was conducted after he was located behind the wheel of what a witness said was a Dodge Charger. The witness had called 9-1-1 after reportedly seeing the driver almost hit a group of children on the sidewalk. The witness said the driver was "passed out drunk" in the car.
Roby was suspended at the start of his junior year because of his involvement in a bar fight, charges that were later dismissed. In his final year at Ohio State, he recorded three interceptions for the 12-2 Buckeyes and ranked third on the team with 69 tackles. He also returned a punt for a touchdown, had two blocked kicks and 16 pass deflections on the season.
I was not drunk pic.twitter.com/CviiPuydkp — Bradley Roby (@BradRoby_1) April 25, 2014