Most people could get away with relieving themselves in public in the midnight darkness of an Ohio alley. But then again, most people aren't a beacon in the night formed as a 6'6" and 310 lbs frame of pass-blocking muscle.
Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer has announced the suspension of tight end Jake Stoneburner and offensive lineman Jack Mewhort after each was arrested this past weekend. Both have been banned indefinitely following a confrontation with Shawnee Hill police. Allegedly, the Buckeye tandem was caught applying some natural liquid graffiti in public and were later run down when attempting to flee.
The official charge: "obstructing official business."
The only question is, what is more ridiculous -- that they were arrested for "obstructing business" instead of liquid name-writing, or the fact they've been suspended indefinitely for such a petty charge?
In a time when SEC players get a free ride on the marijuana-train through their career, it's maddening to qualify how such "obstruction of business" can be so detrimental to the integrity of the team that it warrants a potentially career-shifting suspension.
New head coach Urban Meyer hasn't been immune to the critical eye of the media either. Recent reports of minor secondary violations had America's tabloid-sensationalists drooling at their keyboards.
The accusations have raised questions once again as to whether institutional control is still an issue for Ohio State. The reality, however, is that such minor violations are counted like grains of sand on a beach at every institution in the country. Missteps such as Mike Vrabel using smokeless tobacco on the sidelines, and Meyer sending a "good luck" text to a recruit, have been blown out proportion by the ask-a-question-for-a-headline media.
Meyer, in an attempt to distance himself from the scandal of the previous regime, has decided to fire-ready-aim for the sake of the greater good.
Stoneburner and Mewhort have become the posterized whipping boys of everything wrong with Ohio State football in the past few years. All the frustration from lost recruits and a tipping of the scales in the Michigan rivalry.
The first losing season since the Ronald Reagon administration doesn't help either.
But if anyone can shoulder the weight let's hope the behemoths Stoneburner and Mewhort can take it.
They should have seen it coming. The writing was on the wall.
Let's just hope they used a writing utensil this time instead.
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Justin Mikels is a staff writer for Operation Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @long_snapper.