Posted May 17, 2013

Former Ohio State RB Maurice Clarett will play in rugby event

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Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett will try his hand at rugby. (E. Bakke/Getty Images)

Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett will try his hand at rugby. (E. Bakke/Getty Images)

Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett will try a new sport in a rugby event next week, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

Clarett will play for the Columbus affiliate of Tiger Rugby, the rugby development program for selecting the team that will represent the U.S. at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Clarett is scheduled to play in the The Ohio Rugby Sevens Invitational in Mechanicsburg on May 25.

Clarett played one season at Ohio State, rushing for 1,237 yards and scored 18 touchdowns and helped Ohio State win the 2002 BCS National Championship.  He was dismissed from the program the following season for accepting improper benefits.

The Denver Broncos selected Clarett in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft but released him in training camp. He served 3½ years in prison on robbery and concealed weapons charges, then played for the Omaha Nighthawks in the UFL in 2011.


5 comments
Rob14
Rob14

no thanks.  The United States doesn't need this guy representing our country at the olympics.  Good for him for trying to turn his life around in a positive direction, still though, no thank you.

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

I guess better he be some type of pro athlete instead of an entitled thug constantly involved in ignorance

mashley278
mashley278

 @Rob14

 Um seeing someone that was raised without parents, then treated like a animal in a horse race, then left to fend on his own, then jailed, then coming back to make something of his life? I'd be happy to have someone like that represent the country as opposed to some that do. My your ivory tower must be very high. Guess you were perfect between the ages of 17 and 25

Rob14
Rob14

 @mashley278 Gosh you spun that about every way you could to defend Maurice.  So he shouldn't be held accountable because his life wasn't easy?  It's everyone else's fault, right?  And no, I don't comment from an ivory tower, and no, I've never used a gun while committing a felony/misdemeanor or anything else illegal for that matter.