SI Story Alleges Deeper Tattoo Scandal

A much-anticipated Sports Illustrated report alleging wrongdoings inside Jim Tressel's football programs from the past 20 years was released Monday night and includes details that nine current student-athletes also traded memorabilia for or received discounts on tattoos from a Columbus parlor.

In the cover story, linked here, defensive back C.J. Barnett, linebacker Dorian Bell, running back Jaamal Berry, running back Bo Delande, defensive back Zach Domicone, linebacker Storm Klein, linebacker Etienne Sabino, defensive tackle John Simon and defensive end Nathan Williams are alleged to have received illegal benefits.

The magazine reported that a former employee of Fine Line Ink shop, which was also reported to be at the fore of violations previously acknowledged by Ohio State involving Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams, Solomon Thomas and Jordan Whiting, implicated those nine current players.

It seems likely that Ohio State will launch an investigation into the claims. If the allegations prove to be true, penalties would likely include a suspension from games in the 2011 season.

In all, the SI piece alleges that at least 28 players going back to 2002 have traded memorabilia for tattoos at both Fine Line Ink and the now-closed Dudley'z Tattoo & Body Piercing. It also alleges that four unnamed players traded memorabilia for marijuana while hanging out at Fine Line Ink.

In addition, SI reported that former OSU tailback Jermil Martin traded a watch and Rose Bowl tickets to Edward Rife of Fine Link Ink for a new car and that Rife had also previously provided the back with a vehicle.

The magazine story also includes an allegation that, while working as an assistant coach for Ohio State in the mid-1980s, Tressel would rig raffles at football camps so that elite prospects would leave with bigger prizes.

Lastly, the story rehashes potential violations committed under Tressel's watch by quarterback Ray Isaac while the two were at Youngstown State.

Tressel resigned earlier Monday morning.

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