Ex-Ohio State Football Player Says He Told Tressel About Player Investigation
Former Ohio State football player Chris Cicero admitted on Wednesday night that he exchanged e-mails with coach Jim Tressel that warned that some players were selling memorabilia.
The e-mails, that led to Tressel's proposed two-game suspension and a $250,000 fine by the university, warned that two of Tressel's players were linked to a man who was being investigated by federal agents, 10TV News reported.
Cicero, 54, issued a statement Wednesday said that he and Tressel exchanged e-mails and an attorney for the Ohio State University Athletic Department contacted him to meet with university representatives and NCAA investigators about the e-mails.
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"I voluntary cooperated and answered everyone's questions," Cicero said in the statement.
Cicero, who played at Ohio State under coach Earle Bruce, also said that he was not the confidential source that Yahoo! Sports cited in a Monday night story that was published online.
On Tuesday night, Tressel said that he received e-mails last spring that indicated two of his players were involved in a drug investigation. The investigation led to a raid at a west side tattoo parlor, where some of the player's memorabilia was found.
While the e-mails showed that Tressel learned about what was going on in April, he did not disclose it to the university until January, when university attorneys discovered it. Ohio State self-reported it to the NCAA on Feb. 3.
Officials at the NCAA in Indianapolis said that Ohio State did the right thing by self-reporting, 10 Investigates' Paul Aker reported.
The NCAA issued a statement that said, "We appreciate OSU's prompt response regarding this issue and we are committed to continuing our cooperative investigation."
Although the university issued a self-imposed two-game suspension, the NCAA will make the final decision on any punishment Tressel will receive.
The NCAA has not said how long it will take to complete the investigation.
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