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Former Ohio State quarterback pleads guilty to drug-related charge

Art Schlichterin courtroom in 2011
Terry Gilliam
FR10910 AP
Former Ohio State and NFL quarterback Art Schlichter, left, entering the Franklin County Common Pleas Court in Columbus, Ohio. Sept. 15, 2011.

A former Ohio State University quarterback has pleaded guilty to a drug charge.

Franklin County Common Pleas records show Art Schlichter, 63, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of possession of cocaine.

He was arrested in June 2022 after being found unresponsive outside of a Central Ohio hotel and revived with Narcan.

As part of entering the guilty plea, Schlichter was sentenced to one day in jail and one year of probation.

He will also be placed on basic supervision, which means he will be required to maintain contact with a legal official.

This is not Schlichter's first offense. His NFL career was derailed by a gambling addiction in the 1980s. He also pleaded guilty in 2011 to stealing thousands of dollars from people for bogus college and NFL football tickets. He was released from prison in 2021.

One of Schlichter's victims was Anita Barney of Dublin, the widow of former Wendy's CEO Robert Barney. She pleaded guilty to two felony theft counts for her own involvement in Schlichter's crimes.

Jared Clayton Brown is excited to join the WOSU News team a decade into his journalism career, which has included stops in several markets including Louisville and Atlanta.