Storm Klein, a seldom-used linebacker on the Ohio State Buckeyes, was named in last week’s Sports Illustrated article as one of the players who allegedly traded memorabilia for tattoos or cash. His father has come forward to say that it’s not true and the family may pursue legal action.
“I have raised my son right,” Jason Klein stressed Thursday evening. “Storm has no tattoos on his body whatsoever. He doesn’t have a drug problem, and multiple tests prove that. I have every single bit of his Ohio State memorabilia in my possession.”
“I will be meeting with attorneys shortly to pursue action against the NCAA and Sports Illustrated,” he continued. “That’s all I have to say at this time.”
Why hasn’t Storm come forward himself to fight the allegations?
At the very least he could do what disgraced Ohio State coach Jim Tressel did this weekend – hold court to a crowd at his front door. I’d love to meet just a few of the 200 people who showed up and cheered, “we love you, coach!”
[UPDATE: As a reader notes, back in July of 2005, Jason Klein was acquitted of first-degree domestic violence … on his son, Storm. According to Fox News, “39-year-old Jason Klein discovered that his 13-year-old son had stolen some alcohol, drank it with six other underage kids. Mr. Klein then used a paddle to spank his son.”]