Two pairs of Ohio State gold pants, which are charms given to Buckeye football players who beat Michigan, were featured items Monday night on a new episode of History Channel’s Pawn Stars.
On Dec. 23, 2010, the NCAA suspended five Buckeye football players for five games during the 2011 season after Ohio State reported the players sold 2008 and 2009 player-only OSU gear and memorabilia to a local tattoo parlor owner. In addition to selling the items for cash, Ohio State reported that players also bartered Buckeye memorabilia for tattoos.
Among the Ohio State items cited by the NCAA in its report were 2008 gold pants sold by Terrelle Pryor and Solomon Thomas.
Of the two pairs of OSU gold pants sold in the Pawn Stars episode, one was from the same 2008 season.
The items were sold by a man identified as “Bob” to Pawn Stars cast member Rick Harrison.
Here is the pertinent exchange from the television show regarding the 2008 Ohio State player-only memorabilia between Bob and Harrison:
Harrison: “So where did you get these?”
Bob: “I bought those off a private collector. He had bought several of them (gold pants) and I bought a collection off of him a few years ago.”
Harrison: “Do you know who these belong to?”
Bob: “The one from 2008, it’s D.W. for Doug Worthington. The L.B., Boone is the last name I’m not sure of his first name.”
After haggling briefly, “Bob” sold the two pairs of gold pants to Harrison for $2,000.
When contacted Tuesday morning about the issue, Donald Washington told me, “I have all my gold pants.”
A message to Worthington, whose prominent left arm tattoo features his last name, was not returned.
UPDATE: Last December I confirmed Doug Worthington and Donald Washington were then-Facebook friends with Edward Rife, the tattoo parlor owner who Buckeye players sold their 2008 gold pants to for cash and tattoos.
From my Dec. 25 post:
Edward Rife is the man who owns Fine Line Ink and who bought those items from Ohio State players. On Rife’s current Facebook page, several Ohio State football players - past and present - are listed as “friends”:
UPDATE: Reporter Anthony Rothman of WBNS radio in Columbus reports: