In his first year as Ohio State football coach, Ryan Day hasn't had to deal with any major off field player issues. That changed dramatically Tuesday night.
As first reported by Eleven Warriors, Buckeye defensive back Amir Riep and safety Jahsen Wint were both charged with rape and kidnapping for an alleged sexual assault dating back to Feb. 4. The two rising seniors were in custody Wednesday morning in the Franklin County jail. Tuesday night, Ohio State released the following statement on the arrests.
"We are aware that two of our students have been arrested and criminally charged. They have been suspended from all activities involving the football program. We will share more information when available."
According to 610 WTVN news partner ABC-6, a Franklin County Municipal Court complaint says Riep began having consensual sex with the alleged victim at an apartment on Sawmill Place Boulevard on Tuesday Feb. 4. The woman then said she did not want to continue. Wint entered the room after that and asked to join in the encounter. The two players are accused of restraining the woman and engaging in activities against her will. They also allegedly told her she needed to give her name on a video and say that the encounter was consensual. According to court documents, the video shows the woman crying while Riep can be heard laughing.
Riep is a native of Cincinnati and Wint is from Brooklyn, New York. Both were back-ups in 2019 but with defensive backs Jeffrey Okudah and Damon Arnette and safety Jordan Fuller headed to the NFL, both figured to compete for starting jobs in the spring. Riep especially seemed poised to be a starter, having played significantly late last season, recording 20 tackles, with two interceptions including one in the Michigan game.
Riep and Wint are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning.