Bradley Roby is eager to tell the Chargers his story. The former Ohio State cornerback is scheduled this month to make an official visit to San Diego, in part to recount his junior season — the arrest, the suspension, the practice habits, the shaky play. When the visit ends, General Manager Tom Telesco and other team evaluators will be left with a question. The 2013 season is said to have damaged Roby's draft stock. Do the Chargers see irony in that? The team that drafts Roby, a projected first-round pick in May, should. While the end to his college career is widely viewed a disappointment, Roby takes ownership of it all. The same events considered hurtful to his draft portfolio may be what ultimately prepares him for the next level. Roby was given a wake-up call. Its lessons, he said, were received. "I think I had obvious shortcomings, on and off the field," Roby said in a recent phone interview. "It’s not about what happens to you. It’s all about how you respond and if you really learned. If you don’t learn, then it’s going to keep happening over and over again. I believe in karma. I believe in learning from mistakes; that’s what they’re there for." The most publicized came last July. Roby, 21, was at a bar in Bloomington, Ind. As he tells it, he walked to the restroom and bumped past another patron. While no fight occurred, security stepped in and asked him to leave. Roby was from out of town, his cell-phone battery was dead, and the friends whom he was visiting were inside. He asked if he could inform them so that they'd know his whereabouts. That is when, Roby says, things turned physical. They tried carrying him out. Roby, considering the contact unnecessary and disrespectful, responded with a shove. He was handcuffed. Roby, who had been drinking but says he was coherent, hoped it'd all blow over. When police arrived, an officer told him he'd be detained overnight, insinuating an uneventful morning release. Come morning, Roby was told he faced a Class A misdemeanor battery charge. Weeks later, after security footage was reviewed, the offense was downgraded to Class B disorderly conduct. The incident will be removed from Roby's record this August, he says, if he continues to avoid legal trouble. In jail, facing battery, Roby feared the aftermath. "I’m praying. ‘Please don’t let this be on ESPN. Please,’ " he said. "I stayed in hold for a whole 24 hours. After that, I got out, and it was on ESPN. ... I figured it would happen just because of my name. They knew who I was."
Bradley Roby awaits visit with Chargers
San Diego Union-Tribune | Apr 5