The Highest Form of Flattery

On July 8th, Ohio State sent out the following press release regarding linebacker Storm Klein:

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior linebacker Storm Klein has been dismissed from the Ohio State football team by head coach Urban Meyer because of actions that led to his arrest Friday on charges of domestic violence and assault.

Klein pleaded not guilty to the charges Saturday morning, but his arrest and the seriousness of the allegations warranted Meyer to remove him from the team.

“The charges filed against Storm Klein violate the core values of the Ohio State Football Program,” Meyer said. “As a result, Storm has been removed from the team. It has been made very clear that this type of charge will result in dismissal. If there are any changes in the charges, we will re-evaluate his status.”

Klein, a sport and leisure studies major from Newark, Ohio, is a three-year letterman. He played in 38 games and started 10 times at middle linebacker last year. He was limited in practice this spring because of some minor injuries and he subsequently came out of those drills listed as a back-up at middle linebacker.

Today, Purdue sent out the following release regarding Sean Collins:

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Senior cornerback Sean Collins has been dismissed from the Purdue football team by head coach Danny Hope because of actions that led to his arrest July 14.

Collins’ arrest and the seriousness of the allegations warranted Hope to remove him from the team. Collins had been indefinitely suspended since Saturday afternoon.

“The charges filed against Sean Collins violate the core values of Boilermaker football and Purdue athletics,” Hope said. “As a result, Sean has been removed from the team. If there are any changes in the charges or the outcome of the legal proceedings, we will re-evaluate his status.”

Collins, from Indianapolis, was a non-scholarship player who joined the team as a walkon in 2009. He did not play in any games over the last three seasons.

Yes, it looks like the statements are being cut and pasted, but let’s face it, there’s really no better way to put it.

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3 Responses to The Highest Form of Flattery

  1. cleesmith2 says:

    I thought plagiarism was frowned upon in college?😉

    • Lori Schmidt says:

      LOL! I don’t think there’s anything ethically wrong with a boilerplate PR statement. It just struck me as interesting and (if you can totally forget the subject matter) amusing.

      Purdue’s sports information staff, by the way, does a great job. Like I said, there’s just no better way to put it!

  2. oxcamel says:

    Maybe the B1G legal team has given all the teams a form to fill out when the situation arises. We’ll know for sure when the players are (unsuspended,desuspended?) reinstated and the statements match up. Or maybe they went to legalzoom.com to get the proper form.

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