Ohio State Tailback Jaamal Berry Suspended


UPDATED: Wednesday November 2, 2011 8:24 PM

Ohio State tailback Jaamal Berry was suspended for violating The Ohio State University student-athlete code of conduct on Wednesday.

His suspension will remain in effect until the charges filed against him have been resolved, according to The Ohio State Department of Athletics.

Berry was charged with assault and disorderly conduct charges for his role in an alleged incident that occurred last month off campus.

A 21-year-old told 10TV News that Berry punched him early on Oct. 21 near a Vine Street parking garage near the North Market.

The alleged victim, who requested anonymity, said he was struck by a car and was walking his friend to get into his car parked in the nearby garage when they were approached by Berry.

He was then "struck in the face with a closed fist," according to a Columbus police report.

The alleged victim claimed that the attack was unprovoked and minutes later Berry, who was with another man, bragged about the incident to a witness.

On Thursday, a civil lawsuit was filed against Berry, accusing him of assault, battery and ethnic intimidation.

“Based on our investigation, we did not believe there was enough evidence to pursue any type of ethnic intimidation charge,” said Assistant City Prosecutor Robert Tobias.

Berry is a starting kick returner and a backup running back for the Buckeyes.  He did not play in Saturday's game against Wisconsin.

“The family would like to see Jaamal suspended,” said Edwin Hollern, the alleged victim’s attorney. “I think they feel like he shouldn’t be playing football for OSU given what has happened.”

The alleged incident was the second in four weeks that Berry was accused of assault.

In September, Ohio State University police were called after a man and witnesses said Berry grabbed him as he was walking near the South Oval.

The alleged victim had minor scrapes but did not want to press charges.

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