A massage therapist has been barred from Ohio State's campus and from having any interaction with Ohio State athletics members after an independent investigation found she had engaged in inappropriate and exploitative behavior targeting members of the Buckeyes football team.
The university released statements and a full report on the investigation, concluding that the massage therapist had no affiliation with the university or its athletics department and that the school does not believe any NCAA rules were violated. The massage therapist is a 41-year-old woman who lives roughly two hours north of campus and obtained her massage therapy license in 2009 in Ohio. She claims to have had clients in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and NCAA football.
An investigation began after a complaint filed on March 14, 2020, with the State Medical Board of Ohio that alleged a female licensed massage therapist was offering free therapeutic massages to members of the Ohio State football team. She had been using the massages as a "means to initiate sexual interactions with some of the football student athletes, and then demanding payment," according to the investigation report.
Ohio State engaged outside counsel and hired the Barnes & Thornburg law firm to conduct the investigation, which found the massage therapist offered massages to student-athletes through social media with the intent of engaging in sexual encounters. The first contact with an Ohio State football student-athlete occurred in fall 2018 via social media.