On Wednesday afternoon, we broke the name of the Tattoo Parlor in Columbus, Fine Line Ink, where multiple Ohio State Buckeye football players were later confirmed by the NCAA to have sold Ohio State player-only merchandise and received extra benefits in the form of tattoos.
One day later, Ohio State officially announced that five Buckeye football players were suspended for five games due to NCAA violations involving Fine Line Ink.
Per the official NCAA release, the violations included the sale of the following items:
Mike Adams: Sale of 2008 Big Ten championship ring
DeVier Posey: Sale of 2008 Big Ten championship ring, 2008 Gold Pants
Terrelle Pryor: Sale of 2008 Big Ten championship ring, 2008 Gold Pants
Solomon Thomas: Sale of 2008 Big Ten championship ring, 2008 Gold Pants
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”:
In addition, photos that could be seen on Rife’s Facebook page this week included:
A photo of Terrelle Pryor at Rife’s tattoo parlor showing off the tattoo he got at Fine Line Ink:
An image of DeVier Posey getting a tattoo at Rife’s Fine Line Ink establishment:
Rife displaying a 2009 Ohio State gold pants charm. (Pryor, Posey and Thomas sold him their 2008 gold pants):
Rife displaying a 2009 Big 10 Championship ring:
An auction site that specializes in championship rings is currently offering a 2009 Big 10 Championship ring for sale at $3,295.00 with the description:
2009 Ohio State Football “OUTRIGHT BIG TEN-ROSE BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP” **Starting** Player’s Ring
A single pair of 2009 Ohio State gold pants are also available on the same auction site.
Four Ohio State players were cited for selling their 2008 Big 10 Championship rings and three were noted for selling their 2008 OSU gold pants.
But none were cited for selling 2009 Big 10 Championship rings or 2009 OSU gold pants.
Thursday I noted that former Ohio State football player Antonio Pittman Tweeted that Buckeye football players had been getting tattoo “hookups” since 2001.
Pittman’s Twitter entry was in response to Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith claiming to the media earlier in the day that the tattoo extra benefits situation was an “isolated” case.
With tattoo parlor owner Edward Rife also displaying a 2009 OSU Big 10 Championship ring and 2009 pair of OSU gold pants - while in his possession - on his Facebook page, is there a chance that additional NCAA impropriety has taken place between Buckeye football players and Rife’s Fine Line Ink establishment?
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