Cameron Craig Likely Out For Season After DUI Arrest

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Photo Courtesy: Connor Trimble

Ohio State junior Cameron Craig was arrested on February 5 in Franklin County, Ohio for driving while impaired and driving under the influence while having a suspended license. This is Craig’s second misdemeanor charge, following an arrest Jan. 16, in which charges of driving under the influence were waived. He was handed two other charges of failure to control and high BAC level.

This means Craig will likely not be competing at the Big Ten Championships or NCAA Championships later this semester, where he would have been a big contributor for Ohio State. Swimming World has reached out to Ohio State for comment.

His pre-trial hearing is set for March 17, eight days before the start of men’s NCAAs in Indianapolis.

Cameron Craig swam two seasons at Arizona State from 2016-2018, reaching All-American status in the 200 freestyle as a freshman in 2017. He then sat out from collegiate competition last season and resurfaced at a couple of club meets in the summer of 2019 for Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics.

Craig announced he was going to enter school and swim at The Ohio State University this season and would start his junior season on a stacked Buckeyes team that is ranked 14th in the latest CSCAA Division I poll.

Updated: Ohio State released a statement to Swimming World regarding Craig’s status:

Cameron Craig has taken a leave of absence from Ohio State swimming and will remain on leave until further notice. The program is aware of his present situation and the matter will be addressed internally.

13 comments

  1. avatar
    Coco

    Give this kid a break do you really need to announce this – he has enough issues already

    • avatar
      Craig Lord - Swimming World Editor-in-Chief

      Coco, its’ a matter of public record; we’re not announcing it; he is not the first swimmer this happened to; any absence at meets he was expected to attend would generate requests for explanation.

      • avatar
        Lisa

        If you are foolish enough to break the law, then you have to deal with the consequences

  2. avatar
    patricia

    it’s not “foolish.” it’s a clue to look at the likelihood of substance abuse….that if addressed with COMPASSION and not shame, can have positive outcome.
    after reading news like this, i wish the best for the kid and hope the right people can show up in his life to encourage him to find his positive untapped potential.

    • avatar
      Andy Ross

      We hate reporting on stories like these. We hope that he finds the help he needs.

  3. avatar
    Paul Windrath

    Just because it is public record does not mean it should be reported to the masses. The media (including Swimming World) has an obligation to report events that are pertinent. if, as Andy says, you hate to report it – DON’T!

    I have come to believe that alot of the mental illness and depression being experienced is the result of Parents, Coaches, and Media (including Swimming World) creating huge and unrealistic expectations that many athletes don’t know how to deal with.

    Review your posts about Regan Smith to see what I mean. Swimming World has single-handedly created all kinds of expectations about her future results – just like you did with Missy Franklin. And, I hate to say it, Swimming World will be unkind when she does not live up to them.

    The athletes are just trying to be the best they can be. Coaches, parents, and the Media create the bar. Maybe you should stop doing that and let them be swimmers just trying to do their best.

    The media’s obligation is not to just report the events – it is to also consider the impact of what your report. In many ways, you are failing our athletes these days by reporting everything instead of what really matters.

    Honestly, I have been disappointed with the content and reporting. If it continues in this direction, I will stop reading…

    • avatar
      Craig Lord - Swimming World Editor-in-Chief

      Paul, you are entitled to your opinion. Mine is that you call it wrong on many levels, including a woefully misdirected blame aimed at media for causing mental illness among swimmers. You write that on the very day we highlight the words of Michael Phelps; you write that in the first two months of a year on which we raise the issues we are raising in our 2020sVision series; and you assume way too much when it comes to how we will report Regan Smith’s pathway. If you feel that world records of 57 and 2:03, two World titles etc do not raise expectations off their own steam, I beg to differ.

      I agree that covering the achievements and progress of 11-14 year olds as if it were the Olympics etc is problematic… but as far as I can see, we are not the ones doing that.

      Looking back at our reporting, we have raised no expectation: Regan and those working with her have done that simply by her becoming the best in the world. I would imagine both she and those around her understand that very well and would be surprised if any of them feel that Swimming World has placed the weight of the world on her shoulders. SW was never ‘unkind’ to Missy Franklin nor will it be unkind to Regan Smith. Reporting things as they are is not ‘unkind’.

      I don’t doubt for a moment that when Michael Phelps made the mistake and landed a drink drive ticket (as a boy and later a man), the publicity that followed contributed to his sense of ill-being. It may also have contributed to him appreciating impact and seriousness. Wherever we feel reporting of such things fits along a personal spectrum of opinion on ‘right and wrong’, there can be no question that the story represented legitimate reporting.

      Would you have said ‘don’t report Phelps’ mistakes’? Did he ever think that was a reasonable expectation following act and outcome?

      When you say ‘consider the impact’, the first who need to do that are those directly involved, including the governors and guardians of the sport. If anyone has failed athletes, then ask the athletes who that would be. Our coverage of late on many athlete-impact issues points clearly in one direction – and that isn’t the media, including us.

      The direction of our reporting has been to highlight athlete issues, very much so – and more and better than most. The story you highlight involved an athlete getting it wrong. It was a legitimate news line. When Andy says we hate to report it, he does not mean that we should not; he means it in the sense that we would rather not have had to report on Phelps, on abuse, on wrongdoing, on bad behaviour and practice – but those things are very much a part of the story.

      What really matters to you, matters to you. That’s fair enough. What you don’t think matters, may matter a great deal to others. That’s part of the editorial process. I invite you to think more deeply about it all. Thanks for understanding.

      • avatar
        Swim Dad

        Writing about the truth in a constructive way brings light to darkness and can help Cameron Craig and others find their way.

      • avatar
        Craig Lord - Swimming World Editor-in-Chief

        I think you are right, Swim Dad.

  4. avatar
    Paul Windrath

    Thank you for responding Craig. I don’t want to get into an argument in print when an in-person discussion is more appropriate.

    My suggestion is simple. Before reporting a story, it is always good to assess what good will come of it and will people benefit from the news. Or, is the story more like an ambulance chasing to get readers?

    I invite you to also think more deeply. 🙂

    • avatar
      Craig Lord - Swimming World Editor-in-Chief

      Thanks Paul. I can assure you, we’re not chasing ambulances to get readers. I am, of course, aware of the practice.

  5. avatar
    Chris

    SW’s role is to report the pertinent news of the Swimming World. Especially with championship season here, it’s totally pertinent to report something that will significantly impact OSU’s chances. They did so objectively and without sensationalism. That’s journalism. Otherwise you are just adding to the rumor mill that would be spinning wildly with the OsU press release and that would be irresponsible.

    As for hyping age group swimmers, these kids toil long hours in the shadows with little public recognition. Of course there is nothing to be gained in comparing them to Michael, Katie, et al, but celebrating their accomplishments is well received and appreciated. Running to the local newspaper to see if we got a shoutout for b-ball or soccer back in the day was always exciting. This is just the 21st century version of that.

    • avatar
      Craig Lord - Swimming World Editor-in-Chief

      Thanks for your note, Chris. Your point on hyping age group swimmers matches my view. I have no issue with youngsters being reported on but a great deal of coverage does indeed lean towards ‘the next Phelps’; ‘inside Missy’s 11-year record’ etc… and the expectation starts right there; depending on what the home and club environment is like, that can be a passing nothing or a big something that turns into a problem later on.

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