Cincy native, OSU D-lineman Adolphus Washington cited for solicitation, suspended from Fiesta Bowl

Washington is a 2012 Taft High School graduate

CINCINNATI -- Ohio State University defensive lineman Adolphus Washington was cited for solicitation Wednesday, the university said.

In a statement to reporters, the university said:

"Student-athlete Adolphus Washington was cited Wednesday evening by City of Columbus police with a first-degree misdemeanor charge of solicitation. Washington will appear in court Dec. 17. Disciplinary action will be handled internally."

Washington, a senior, has received several accolades for his skills on the field and helped lead Cincinnati's Taft High School to the state playoffs in 2011. This season, Washington had 23 solo tackles and four sacks.

Washington was just a few day removed from earning Second Team All America honors and was invited Sunday to play in the Senior Bowl. His status for that wasn’t immediately clear.

He will not participate in the Jan. 1 Fiesta Bowl, however, head coach Urban Meyer told the Associated Press.

Washington also released the following statement:

"I want to sincerely apologize to my family, to coach Meyer and the coaching staff, to my teammates and my friends for my lack of judgment last night and for my actions that I truly regret. I have wanted to be a high-character teammate, a contributor to the success of this program and, most importantly, someone my family can be proud of. I am extremely disappointed in myself, and I can honestly say I will learn from my mistake and I will accept the consequences that deservedly will come my way. And I hope that people will know that I am truly sorry and that I sincerely do apologize."

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