Former Buckeye running back released on bond

Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett, 22, walked into a Franklin County courtroom in handcuffs and wearing a tan inmate uniform Tuesday morning. Clarett is accused of robbing two people at gun point Sunday night behind the Opium Lounge in downtown Columbus.

Judge Amy Salerno agreed to set Clarett’s bond at $50,000, but she said she felt it was a little lower than what she would have given.

Defense attorney William Settina, offered few remarks following the less than five minute hearing.

“This is a difficult time for Maurice. We ask that you respect his privacy,” Settina said.

While Clarett’s mother was not seen in the courtroom, a friend of the family, Major Harris, was there backing Clarett.

Clarett turned himself into Franklin County authorities around 9 o’clock Monday night following the Buckeyes win in the Fiesta Bowl.

This is the latest in Clarett’s troubles after helping lead the Buckeyes to the 2002 National Championship. He was suspended in 2003 for the entire season after accepting illegal benefits and misleading NCAA investigators. Clarett, then unsuccessfully sued the NFL in an attempt to gain early admission to the pros. He was eligible for the NFL’s 2004 draft and was selected by the Denver Broncos. Clarett was cut before the regular season started.

Clarett is expected back in court January 12.

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