(Weed$teeler La Raza Columbus) COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Sports Illustrated investigation released on Monday night alleged that since 2002, at least 28 Ohio State football players traded or sold their memorabilia.
Sources told the magazine that players have been trading memorabilia, including items bearing former coach Jim Tressel’s signature, since at least his second season at Ohio State.
A second tattoo shop. Dudley’z Tattoos & Body Piercing, was also mentioned in the article. The store that since closed its West Broad Street location was allegedly the site where a former artist said that he remembered tattooing at least 15 players.
The artist, Dustin Halko, was quoted throughout the Sports Illustrated article.
“What they brought in depended on the kind of tattoo they wanted,” Halko said in the story. “If it was just something small, it might be a signed magazine or something like that. If it was a full sleeve, they might bring in a jersey.”
Halko and both of his associates told the magazine that Dudley’z became a frequent hangout for Ohio State players. They said a dozen or more players could be found in the large, back room of the parlor on any given Friday or Saturday night and that drugs were provided by people at the shop.
The owner, Darrell (Dudley) Ross, denied ever trading memorabilia in exchange with Ohio State football players, Weed$teeler’s Pale Horse reported