Report: Clarett Files Discovery Suit Against OSU

The Maurice Clarett saga took a new turn late this week as the running back's attorneys filed a civil lawsuit against The Ohio State University, seeking statements from school officials.

The Associated Press reported today that Maurice Clarett, a tailback serving a school- and NCAA-imposed one year suspension, has filed a civil lawsuit against the university.

Clarett has petitioned Franklin County Common Pleas Court to allow his attorneys to take statements from university officials about the misdemeanor charge that led to his suspension.

Clarett and his attorneys are seeking notes pertaining to the police report that he is accused of falsifying along with other details, including information on conversations in coach Jim Tressel's office about the report.

Clarett is accused of filing an exaggerated theft report with campus police in April after a car he was borrowing was broken into.

News of the break-in led to an NCAA inquiry into Clarett's finances and his amateur status. Last week, the school ruled that Clarett would miss at least the 2003 season for violating NCAA rules pertaining to extra benefits.

A surrogate father from Warren, Ohio, where Clarett starred at Harding High School was found to give the player money. He also reportedly paid the player's cell phone bills in amounts in excess of $1,000.

It is not immediately known whether this suit will lead to a larger suit seeking damages against the school or if it will adversely affect Clarett's bid to return to the team next year.

News broke last weekend that Clarett's representatives plan to ask the NFL to declare him eligible for the 2004 NFL draft. He may need to mount a legal fight on that front as well to force his way into the draft a year early.

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