Suspended Ohio State Football Players Publicly Apologize


UPDATED: Tuesday March 15, 2011 11:20 AM

The five Ohio State football players who were suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season made a public apology on Tuesday.

Wide receiver DeVier Posey was the only player of the five who announced that he would return for his senior season.

Other players did not mention their intentions for the 2011 season.

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Posey, quarterback Terrelle Pryor, tailback Daniel "Boom" Herron, offensive lineman Mike Adams and defensive tackle Solomon Thomas were suspended because they received improper benefits for selling awards, gifts and university apparel.

All of the players are eligible to play in the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas on Jan. 4.

A sixth player, Jordan Whiting, must sit out the first game of the 2011 season and pay back $150 for receiving discounted services.  He did not attend Tuesday's event that featured statements from the players.  No questions were taken.

"I was very young and immature," Pryor said.  "I am deeply sorry."

Pryor was ordered to repay $2,500 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring, a 2009 Fiesta Bowl sportsmanship award and his 2008 Gold Pants, a gift from the university the team receives for defeating Michigan.

Herron, who was ordered to repay $1,150 for selling his football jersey, pants and shoes for $1,000 and receiving discounted services worth $150, said he was very sorry.

"I hope Buckeye Nation will forgive me and 'Go Bucks,'" Herron said.

Thomas was ordered to repay $1,505 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring for $1,000, his 2008 Gold Pants for $350 and receiving discounted services worth $155.

"Let us show you we do love this university," Thomas said.

Adams sold his 2008 Big Ten championship ring and was ordered to repay $1,000.

Posey must repay $1,250 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring for $1,200 and receiving discounted services worth $50.

The investigation started in early December after the U.S. Attorney's Office seized Ohio State items from an unidentified person's home and business.  Investigators contacted the athletic department and it was determined that football players had sold the items.

The team was expected to arrive in New Orleans on Wednesday for their Sugar Bowl preparations and events. 

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