Saturday, I received a direct message on Twitter from a source whom I trust to be 100% reliable. That source had a very detailed (and troubling) story. Those details made a prominent member of the OSU FB team look extremely bad. The problem was, I couldn’t confirm or deny the claims. At best I am a blogger and at worst I am a stay at home dad. I am not a journalist or a reporter, we don’t “break stories” here at this site and I don’t have ways to confirm stories. So together with the editor of this website we made the decision to let the world know something was coming down the pike which would upset fans. We did so through Twitter and it was after a long and arduous discussion. The decision wasn’t easy and we could not imagine how it would be perceived. Some people were angry, others concerned, but overall the most consistent feeling was disbelief.
This story is starting to unravel on social media and it is becoming apparent everyone has some of the story. Here is the story through the eyes of our source who has information we couldn’t verify with multiple sources but do feel confident as being accurate given the rumblings we are hearing.
Below is a copy of the conversation I had with my source. I have redacted the source’s name and those involved.
Hey man whats up?
Carlos Hyde punched one of my roommates in the face last night at the club… And of course (as she should) she’s pressing charges
Her uncle already contacted Luke fickle.
Is this in public yet or just people in the know?
In the know.
Just happened last night
Think this is news I should share with public or wait for something official?
Wait for official. Please and thank you. I will at least keep you updated from what I hear. Ill talk to her later if anything
But something official will most likely come out on Monday… You know how it goes
ok I wont say anything unless I hear something is public…. Can I ask you what her name is just so I can search police records?
[Victim]. Her dad is a cop in Westerville. Thankfully (though unfortunately for her) he is on tour in Afghanistan atm
Have any more details? Where did it happen? When? Is she ok? Is there any injurues?
I want to say _ _ _ _ in Columbus, Friday night. She is fine, face is a little swollen. Other than that no, she has no apparent bruises
Is she sure it was him? Are they going to press charges?
She says that when he ran off, the other ppl in the VIP section said “I can’t believe [Player] just did that”
She is confident that it was him. She does plan on pressing charges, might have already. Apparently she went to police station…
Why did he punch her?
She says that he was insisting that he danced with her. She said not. Says he hit her.
Then he ran off after. According to (victim’s friend)
Ugh this is potentially huge news and I want to wait for something official but seems like too big not to at least allude to it…
But as we both know, allegations are just that, alleged.
I am going to allude to having knowledge of an incident but not use names on twitter…. is that cool?
I do appreciate that I know it’s your job to provide as soon as you know. No need to blemish your name
Yeah it is tough not having enough proof but I also cant sit on this and pretend like it may not have happened
Dude I totally understand.
is it ok to give out details but leave names out or just leave it as I have already done?
Details are fine, but yes please leave names out
Any new info?
(Victim) just came and picked up the police report from my roommate. (Victim) is taking reports to police station as we speak
Yes, my bad
As you can see this was a fly by the seat of my pants situation. I have never had to deal with getting this kind of info. While it would have been great to be able to confirm the entire story with a second source or a police report it just wasn’t possible over the weekend. The info I had was specific and detailed and my source has an impeccable reputation with me. As most of you can see by now other sites are running with the info and using names. The victim in this case will not be named by us here at MotSaG and nor will my source. I hope people understand that lives are affected by this situation and we tried to do the best we could for all of them involved even the alleged attacker. We strive to do r best everyday and sometimes we have to just take the lumps with the praise.
Carlos was not arrested at the scene. He has not been charged with a crime as of right now. My sources believe the case is being turned over to the District Attorney to decide if charges are to be filed.
(Post originally published July 22, at 9:28 AM. Bumped to top of front page at 12:10 PM)