Clarett Withdraws Clemency Request


UPDATED: Thursday August 6, 2009 12:32 PM

Former Ohio State football star Maurice Clarett has withdrawn a request for early release from prison that he said would allow him to pursue an NFL career.
     
Prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Culp said Wednesday that a letter from Clarett explaining his decision arrived at the Ohio Parole Board on Monday.
     
Clarett had argued that the sooner he was released, the sooner he could make a comeback, possibly in the NFL.

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Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien objected, saying the former Buckeyes standout hadn't made a strong case to be released so early in his prison term.
     
Clarett was the starting tailback on Ohio State's 2002 football team that went undefeated and won the national championship. He never played a game for the Buckeyes after that game.

He was a third-round draft choice by the Denver Broncos in 2005 but never played a game.

On Jan. 1, 2006, Clarett was charged with aggravated robbery after police said he flashed a gun at people outside a bar and robbed them of a cell phone. Then, on Aug. 9, Clarett was arrested after a chase when police said that they tried to stop him for a traffic violation.

O'Brien's office said that Clarett had an AK-47 weapon with 35 live rounds in the magazine and three pistols in his vehicle. He was wearing a bulletproof vest. Investigators also found an open bottle of Grey Goose vodka and a hatchet. He was arrested about one mile away from the house of the robbery victims.
     
He could still be out as early as March.

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