Your Ohio State-NCAA news of the day involves former Buckeyes wide receiver Ray Small, who admitted to selling his Big Ten championship rings and other memorabilia for cash and car deals while at the school.
Small, who played at OSU from 2006-10, told the school’s newspaper that “everyone was doing it” on the team.
Five Buckeyes players are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling their valuables to an owner of a tattoo parlor. Coach Jim Tressel knew of the transgression and didn’t report it to the NCAA. He’s also suspended for five games.
In Small’s eyes, it’s not something that should have resulted in a firestorm.
“We have apartments, car notes,” he said to the school newspaper. “So you got things like that and you look around and you’re like, ‘Well I got (four) of (rings), I can sell one or two and get some money to pay this rent.”
“… It was definitely the deals on the cars. I don’t see why it’s a big deal.”
If he didn’t think it was a big deal, Small probably shouldn’t have said anything. Ray Small profile