Ohio State Football Head Coach Urban Meyer said late Tuesday that senior running back Carlos Hyde will be suspended for the first three games of the 2013 season.
Meyer released the following statement:
Carlos Hyde will be suspended for at least the first three games of the 2013 season for conduct not representative of this football program or this university. He will be required to fulfill additional obligations before he is allowed to play in a game.
The suspension comes hours after Columbus police announced that no charges would be filed against Hyde.
In a statement released exclusively to NBC4, the 19-year old alleged victim has stated she does not want prosecutors to pursue assault charges against senior Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde.
The 22-year-old was named as a person of interest in connection with a Columbus police report of an assault inside downtown Columbus Sugar Bar 2 on the morning of July 20. The alleged assault occurred at about 2 a.m., according to police.
The alleged victim released the following statement to NBC4 Tuesday:
Keeping in mind what is for me and my family I have decided to refrain from filing charges at this time.
Some of the media has rushed to judgment regarding the incident to ensure they are the first to report the information, whether it be factual or false. This has been overwhelming, frustrating and disappointing. It is unimaginable to be exposed to these false reports, claims and rumors and for anticipated 4 months expected to bring this incident to a conclusion.
I would like to thank the Columbus Police department for their patience and professionalism they showed conducting their investigation. They have advised me I have up to two years to consider criminal charges.
I believe the video, if released, will speak for itself when shown in its entirety and not edited or censored.
Columbus police announced Tuesday morning that the investigation into the alleged assault has been officially closed.
Hyde was suspended from all team activities last week, pending the outcome of the student code of conduct and criminal investigations.
Ohio State athletics officials told NBC4 Tuesday that they had no update on Hyde's status with the team.
NBC4 reporter Mindy Drayer watched surveillance video from inside the bar last week, and said the video shows Hyde and a group of friends walking into the downtown Columbus bar, and then engage in a conversation with the woman who filed the assault report.
The video then shows Hyde pointing at the woman's face, saying something to her, and turning away from the situation. At that point, the video shows the woman batting or swatting at Hyde, but it was unclear if she made physical contact with Hyde.
Drayer reports that Hyde turned back in response, and that he stepped toward her and appeared to slap the woman in the face.
After the contact, the video shows the woman grabbing her face and turning to her friends, Drayer said. The video then shows Hyde leaving the area.
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