Two Ohio State football players charged with rape, kidnapping dismissed from team

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two Ohio State defensive backs charged Tuesday with rape and kidnapping were dismissed from the football team by coach Ryan Day on Wednesday.

Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint are in Franklin County jail facing charges of rape and kidnapping. They will be arraigned in Franklin County Municipal Court on Thursday.

Both players were suspended from the team Tuesday.

“I have dismissed Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint from our football program,” Day said in a statement. “I am not making any statement on the criminal charges, but it is clear they did not live up to our standards and my expectations. The athletics department will make sure they both continue to have access to the health and well-being resources available to students and student-athletes. Due to the ongoing criminal investigation, I will not be commenting further.”

Photos provided by the Franklin County Ohio Sheriff show Jahsen Wint, left, and Amir I. Riep, right. Police say two Ohio State University football players have been charged with rape and kidnapping.

Danny Landberg, Wint’s coach at Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., declined comment when reached by The Dispatch.

“I’m not getting involved in this,” he said.

From the time Ohio State football players arrive on campus, they are warned that mistreating women is a violation of the program’s core values.

It’s written in large letters on the wall of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center: TREAT WOMEN WITH RESPECT. 

In June, Ohio State dismissed running back Brian Snead from the school following an investigation prompted by an anonymous tip that he had committed a sexual assault in a campus dormitory. Charges were never filed against Snead. The woman declined to press charges or talk to the police.

Riep attended Colerain High School in Cincinnati. Colerain coach Shawn Cutright also declined to comment when reached by the Cincinnati Enquirer.

For Day, this is the first major off-field issue involving a Buckeye player since he was hired a year ago. Star defensive end Chase Young was suspended for two games in the fall, but that was for an NCAA issue — taking an improper loan — not a legal one.

Riep and Wint were junior backup defensive backs on Ohio State’s 2019 team. Riep had two interceptions last season. With Shaun Wade the only returning starter in the secondary, both Riep and Wint were expected to be in the mix for starting jobs in 2020.

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