Maurice Clarett seems to be doing well for himself these days, which might surprise some people. The former Ohio State halfback was once one of the most promising young runners in the world, but his life seemed to unhinge after he attempted (and ultimately failed) to challenge eligibility regulations and leave OSU early for a head start on the NFL.
After a great career with the Buckeyes, which included a starring role as a freshman on their 2002 National Championship team, Clarett found himself in a deep personal struggle and a heap of legal troubles.
Back in 2006, while already facing charges of aggravated burglary, Clarett led police on a high speed chase in Columbus, Ohio that ended when he ran over a spike strip and was subdued by officers, who were forced to use a taser and mace while trying to bring him down. Inside Clarett’s SUV, police found several loaded guns (including an AK-47) and two swords. Those weapons, along with the fact he was wearing Kevlar body armor at the time, signaled that he may have envisioned a much more violent and deadly end to that pursuit.
Clarett confirmed that suspicion during a recent trip to speak to the Florida State Seminoles, who have had plenty of off-the-field issues within their program lately as well.
“I wanted to have a shootout, with the purpose of me basically killing myself. I didn’t want to live no more. I didn’t want to deal with sh*t no more.”