I’m calling bullshit on this one.
[Powell, Ohio Police Chief Gary] Vest has strongly disputed any suggestion his force handled accusations with leniency because Smith was an Ohio State football coach. Vest doesn’t even like sports — he’s never watched an entire football game in his life, he said — and said he was unaware of Smith’s connection to the Buckeyes until the case drew widespread attention.
“Until the media decided Zach Smith’s link to Ohio State was important, I had blinders on,” Vest said.
Powell is a suburb of Columbus, and I’d wager pretty good money that even if the chief isn’t much of a football fan, he’s bound to have somebody on his staff who knew darn well where Zach Smith worked.
Beyond that, though, let’s not forget that Smith wasn’t shy about identifying his career to officers when he was arrested before:
The report said “Zach advised (officers) he works for UF Florida Gators as an assistant coach for the football team…
But this time, Smith decided to keep that little tidbit to himself? Right.
Corch isn’t the only one trying to cover his ass from this fiasco.