UPDATE: OSU football head coach Ryan Day has released a statement, saying the two players accused are now off the team:
I have dismissed Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint from our football program. 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
ORIGINAL STORY: ( Columbus, OH ) - Columbus Police say two Ohio State University football players have been arrested and charged with rape and kidnapping.
One of the players, 21-year-old Amir Riep, was a standout defensive back for the Colerain Cardinals before graduating and moving on to play for the Buckeyes.
He and his OSU teammate Jahsen Wint, 21, were booked into jail early Wednesday morning. They are accused of forcing themselves on a woman earlier this month at Riep's apartment on Columbus' Northwest Side.
The victim says she was hanging out with Riep on Feb. 4th, when they began to engage in consensual sex. However, the woman says when she told Riep she didn't want to continue, Wint entered the room and asked if he could join. The two then allegedly forced her to continue sexual activity.
After the incident was over, Police say Wint told the woman she needed to say what happened was “consensual on a video."
Ohio State spokesman Ben Johnson issued a statement in response to the charges:
“We are aware that two of our students have been arrested and criminally charged. They have been suspended from all activities involving the football program. We will share more information when available.”