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EXAMINING SPORTS: Meyer sends clear message with Hyde suspension

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Whether it was too much or not enough, social media lit up Tuesday night with the news that OSU head coach Urban Meyer had suspended running back Carlos Hyde.

The three-game suspension for Hyde following an incident with a female at a Columbus bar was met with a mixed reaction. Many felt it was unwarranted because Hyde was not charged with a crime by Columbus police, who announced they had closed the case earlier in the day.

Others voiced their outrage that Hyde deserved more than three games because of Meyer’s zero-tolerance stance on violence against women.

In many cases like this, one’s viewpoint is often determined by their feelings for the person or team involved. For the most part, Buckeye football fans make up the side that believe Hyde’s suspension is too harsh. They look at the grainy video of the incident, which was released Tuesday, and see a mutual disagreement.

The other side sees an entitled athlete acting like a punk.

It is a natural reaction from both sides. Those not wanting Ohio State to be without its star running back are likely going to favor Hyde’s side of the story, while those wishing harm on OSU/Meyer will view it as another example of a player skating punishment because of their role on the team.

The Hyde story has garnered a lot of attention, in part because of the heat the national media has placed on Meyer in the wake of Aaron Hernandez — a former player of Meyer’s at Florida — being charged with murder.

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FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Ohio State tailback Carlos Hyde squeezes through an opening against Illinois during the 2012 season. Hyde on Tuesday was suspended for the first three games of the upcoming season following an altercation with a female at a Columbus bar. (EXAMINER FILE PHOTO | RICK REED)

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