The situation regarding Chase Young just went from bad to worse.
Details are still emerging around the suspension of Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, but a new report from Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio added a huge twist in the story regarding the Buckeyes’ defensive star.
After Young took to Twitter on Friday morning to shed light on the situation, admitting that he accepted a loan from “family friend” in 2018, Florio reported that the “family friend” was an NFLPA certified agent.”
That takes the situation from being just a 1-game suspension as it currently stands to possibly a suspension for the rest of the season as well as possible sanctions levied against Ohio State.
Young, who leads the nation with 13.5 sacks, had 10.5 sacks this season, was suspended Friday for the Buckeyes Week 11 contest vs. Maryland “due to a possible NCAA issue from 2018 that the Department of Athletics is looking into.”
Young’s full statement:
“Unfortunately, I won’t be playing this week because of an NCAA eligibility issue,” Young wrote in a Twitter post. “I made a mistake last year by accepting a loan from a family friend I’ve known since the summer before my freshman year at Ohio State. I repaid it in full last summer and I’m working with the NCAA to get back on the field as soon as possible. I want to thank my teammates, coaches and the whole Ohio State community for all the love and support. God bless and go Bucks!”
Tim Nevius, Young’s attorney, later confirmed what he said on Twitter:
“Chase took a small loan from a close family friend last year to cover basic life expenses,” Nevius wrote. “Toan was repaid months ago and we’re working to restore his eligibility. Unfair and outdated NCAA rules punish athletes for making ends meet while enriching everyone else.”
The Buckeyes are looking to improve to 9-0, win a 3rd-consecutive Big Ten title, and qualify for the playoff for the first time since 2016.