Maurice Clarett should consider himself lucky they didn't shoot him (news article!)


August 9, 2006, 11:35 AM

Clarett Arrested; Guns Found in Truck


August 9, 2006, 1:02 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Maurice Clarett was charged with carrying a concealed weapon after a highway chase early Wednesday that ended with police using Mace on the former Ohio State running back and finding four loaded guns in his sport utility vehicle, police said.

Officers used Mace to subdue Clarett after a stun gun was ineffective because the former Fiesta Bowl star was wearing a bullet-resistant vest, Sgt. Michael Woods said.

"It took several officers to get him handcuffed," Woods said. "Even after he was placed in the paddy wagon, he was still kicking at the doors and being a problem for the officers."

The complaint police filed when they charged him with carrying a concealed weapon without permit said he had a 9 mm handgun under his legs in the driver's seat of an SUV.

Police also charged him with weaving in and out of lanes on a road before he entered the highway. More charges are possible, Woods said.

Clarett did not speak to police who tried to interview him at the station before he was moved to the Franklin County Jail.

Wearing tan jail-issue clothes, he talked on the telephone in the booking area, separated from reporters by a window. He was to be held at the jail at least until an arraignment Thursday morning, unless his attorneys work out an agreement for his release, police said.

Clarett made an illegal U-turn on the city's east side and failed to stop when officers, in a cruiser with lights flashing, tried to pull him over, Woods said.

Police said they pursued Clarett onto the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70, one of the city's main freeways, when he darted across the median and began heading west. Clarett drove over a spike strip that was placed on the highway, flattening the driver's side tires of the SUV, Woods said. A police helicopter in the area helped track the vehicle.

Clarett exited the highway and pulled into a restaurant parking lot about 10 minutes after police say they saw him make the U-turn. Officers removed him from the SUV after he failed to obey numerous orders to exit the vehicle, Woods said.

After Clarett was placed in a police van, officers discovered a loaded assault rifle on the passenger seat and three handguns in the front of the car, including one in a holster in a backpack on the passenger-side floor.

"We don't have any idea why he had them or what, if anything, he was going to do with them," Woods said. Police don't know where Clarett got the guns or where he was headed or coming from in the SUV. Federal authorities plan to trace the guns' ownership.

A half-full bottle of vodka was found in the SUV, but no breath test was administered because police had no indication that Clarett was intoxicated, Woods said. Police also found a compact disc of children's songs recorded by Ohio prison inmates that the state distributed last month to prisoners and their families.

The 22-year-old Clarett is currently awaiting trial on two counts of aggravated robbery, four counts of robbery and one count of carrying a concealed weapon in a separate case. Authorities said he was identified by witnesses as the person who flashed a gun and robbed two people of a cell phone in an alley behind the Opium Lounge in Columbus in the early hours of Jan. 1.

One of Clarett's attorneys in that case, Nick Mango, said he was going to the jail to see Clarett to "make sure he's OK emotionally and mentally." Clarett has not asked Mango to represent him on the new charges.

"I'm shocked as everyone else is about the allegation," Mango said. "Obviously, he's a young man with a lot of weight on his shoulders."

The home address Clarett gave police was his mother's house in Youngstown. A message seeking comment was left at the home.

Clarett scored the winning touchdown in the second overtime of the Fiesta Bowl against Miami to lead Ohio State to the 2002 national championship, the school's first since 1968. But that was the last game the freshman played for Ohio State.

He sat out the 2003 season after being charged with misdemeanor falsification on a police report, then dropped out of school. He sued to be included in the 2004 NFL draft and lost in court.

A surprise third-round pick in the 2005 draft, he was cut by the Denver Broncos during the preseason.

Clarett plans to play for the Mahoning Valley Hitmen, one of five teams in the Eastern Indoor Football League. The team, based in Clarett's hometown of Youngstown, is to begin play in January.

Hitmen coach and owner Jim Terry said that there was no indication that anything was wrong when he spoke with Clarett by cell phone early Wednesday morning about the team's upcoming tryouts. The call was disconnected around 1 a.m. and Terry missed Clarett's second call about an hour and a half later, which would have been near the time when police say they saw Clarett make a U-turn.

The arrest will not affect Clarett's status with the team, Terry said.

"We gave him a chance and now we'll wait to see what happens," he said. "I've seen far worse situations than this."

Clarett has not signed a contract with the team yet, pending a fire marshal's inspection of the team's home field. Clarett's proposed contract includes attendance incentives which cannot be finalized until the fire marshal determines the capacity of the team's arena.

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Associated Press writer JoAnne Viviano contributed to this story.

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August 9, 2006, 12:25 PM
If he was an NFL player, I might understand. Not!

Is this the same guy who was a suspect in an armed robbery several months back? If so, that might 'splain the vest.

August 9, 2006, 12:26 PM
one report i saw said he had 4 loaded firearms in his vehicle...

August 9, 2006, 12:30 PM
He should consider himself lucky he didn't rob one of the small percentage of Ohioans with CCW permits.

El Tejon
August 9, 2006, 01:06 PM
Did the Raiders sign him yesterday or today? Or, will he automatically become a Bengal?:D

August 9, 2006, 02:17 PM
If he'd been caught with two loaded guns in the car, he would have been required to play for the Bengals. Three would have earned him a spot with the Raiders. But with 4 loaded guns onboard, I think the rule is that he has to play at least one year for Florida State before returning to the pro ranks.

August 9, 2006, 02:29 PM
what team does wearing a vest get him on?

August 9, 2006, 02:29 PM
What a waste of a life. Maurice has been a bad boy since puberty, and probably before. The only life he can look forward to now is in the big house.

August 9, 2006, 03:24 PM
what team does wearing a vest get him on?

August 9, 2006, 04:05 PM
My local news is Columbus. It is reporting every 15 minutes on this story, radio the most. The talk shows are constant. One caller said he'll look like he is from TN instead of OSU when he begins to wear the jailhouse orange. The latest I heard was four auto pistols, one inside a back pack. An assault rifle (looked like an AK-47) and he was wearing a bullet proof vest. He was just getting ready to sign a contract with the Youngstown Hitmen, an Arena football league team. Worse thing about this is now I (we) have to listen to Jim Brown and Jessie Jackson's crap regarding this poor young man. :banghead: CPD was definately in the right place stopping him. They probably stopped a tragedy firearm assault before it happen.

August 9, 2006, 04:15 PM
Youngstown Hitmen


I guess his association with that specific team was a kind of divine providence. :uhoh:

August 9, 2006, 05:28 PM
I'm afraid that the only thing that will save society from Maurice, or Maurice from himslef, IS a bullet. The guy is simply FUBAR.

August 9, 2006, 06:39 PM
This clown is a major mental midget...!!! Do you think he was on the Dean's List at OSU....?????

loud-mouth shnook
August 9, 2006, 09:06 PM
I get the feeling Darwin has had his morning coffee and is about to head out to work.

August 9, 2006, 11:01 PM
Hey, a QB can wear a flak vest to protect his ribs. How come this dood can't wear a bullet proof vest to provide protection to his ribs. What makes you think the vest is somehow related to the guns just because they happened to be in the same car at the same time. Think people. Just happenstance.

August 10, 2006, 12:30 AM
It's been reported that he was in the neighborhood of one of the prosecution witnesses in his trial on the robbery last January. That trial is scheduled for later this month. That got his bond increased to $1.1 million.

August 10, 2006, 03:48 AM
Looks like one of those guns was a Hi-Point! (How fitting?)

(Scroll down to see the picture)

evan price
August 10, 2006, 06:22 AM
Ya know, when he played for us and we got the national championship, if he would have just kept his head down and worked to finish school he would have been a Heisman contender, or maybe winner, he would have been a first or second round pick in the NFL draft, and all would have been aces for Mo because here in central Ohio, if you are an OSU Football Hero you will never want for anything the rest of your life. He would have been a virtual GOD to OSU fans here, like Archie Griffin.

Instead he proved he was a foolish young man who couldn't listen to reason. I mean, SUEING your potential employer to force them to hire you? *** was he thinking. And then the OSU scandals with the NCAA he created by dimeing out anybody who had helped him. The whole deal with the Broncos. When he showed up for tryouts fat and slow. Then the arrest for robbing a cell phone at gun point New Years. Now this.

What we have been saying in OHIO for a while now.

Just envision this like Castro in the beginning of Scarface:

Go away Maurice Clarett. We don't want you. We don't NEED you.

August 10, 2006, 09:17 AM
Anyone like to speculate what this ******bag and his array of Hi-Points and bullet RESISTANT vest were about to perpetrate?

August 10, 2006, 10:41 AM
what team does wearing a vest get him on?


August 10, 2006, 10:45 AM
Anyone like to speculate what this ******bag and his array of Hi-Points and bullet RESISTANT vest were about to perpetrate?

Kill a witness?

August 10, 2006, 11:46 AM
that if he was a current OSU football player, he would have gotten off........seen it happen way too many times.....chris3

August 10, 2006, 01:50 PM
Here's the AP photo going around that shows how his passenger seat looked at the time of the arrest. (

August 10, 2006, 02:05 PM
Looks like one of those guns was a Hi-Point! (How fitting?)

I saw the same thing.
Anybody know what the other handguns were? The picture in the Plain Dealer wasn't clear enough to make out anything but the Low-Point and the Kalashnikov (a post-ban Norinco, I think).

August 10, 2006, 02:49 PM
Its a Maadi.Egyptian made ak.Made and imported in the mid nineties.After they banned the Chicom guns.

August 10, 2006, 03:11 PM
that if he was a current OSU football player, he would have gotten off........seen it happen way too many times

shame he didn't play for Notre Dame...he could do his time as a visiting professor in the Sports Marketing department...:p

August 10, 2006, 09:55 PM
The picture shown at showed a gun that looks like some Raven arms type. Must have blown that signing bonus that he got from Denver.

So does anybody know the rating of the vest and what type of guns he really had?

Redneck with a 40
August 11, 2006, 01:24 AM
I have absolutely no sympathy for this guy. He's getting what he deserves. How stupid can you possibly be? My guess is he didn't have a CCW permit because HE CAN'T QUALIFY FOR ONE!:D Running from the cops with four loaded guns in the car, then resisting arrest, he's done! I say lock up this peice of trash for a good 30 years! Football stars think they can do anything they want, with their millions of dollars, super star status, and other connections. This should serve as a wake-up call.

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