COLUMBUS, Ohio — Maurice Clarett was ordered Friday to have a mental-health evaluation.
Clarett allegedly was involved in a highway chase and violent struggle with police, who said they caught him with four loaded guns. The former Ohio State football standout insisted he is competent to stand trial in another case.
But Judge David Fais delayed the trial, set to begin Monday, on previous charges accusing the former Buckeye of holding up two people outside a bar on New Year's Day.
The events surrounding Clarett's arrest early Wednesday made the evaluation by a doctor necessary, regardless of the objections by Clarett and his attorneys, Fais said.
"I clearly understand everything, and I don't know why we have to drag this thing out," said Clarett, who scoffed, smiled and rolled his head back when Fais ordered the evaluation.
Clarett, who wrote a few notes to his attorneys with his hands cuffed, said he was ready to go to trial.
Fais was concerned by Clarett's attorneys saying in published reports that they were worried about his mental health.
"It's my job," Fais said. "I have to ensure that your rights are protected."
Clarett's girlfriend, who gave birth to the couple's daughter last month, and his mother sat in the courtroom. They declined comment outside.
A delay gives Clarett, 22, time to recover from a swollen face and bruised eye, allegedly the result of a struggle with several officers.
Fais revoked Clarett's $1.1 million bond on the charges, meaning Clarett figures to remain in jail until the new trial starts Sept. 18.
Clarett's latest run-in with the law reportedly began when police noticed a vehicle driving erratically, prompting a highway chase that ended with police spiking the sport-utility vehicle's tires. Officers said they could not easily subdue Clarett because he was wearing a bulletproof vest that thwarted their stun guns.
According to police, they used pepper spray and finally got him into handcuffs, but the 6-foot, 245-pound Clarett allegedly continued to struggle and kicked at the doors of the transport vehicle. Officers also put a cloth mask over Clarett's mouth after they say he spat at them.
Clarett was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and a traffic violation, and police said more charges are possible. Bond on those charges was set at $5 million, which Clarett's attorneys said he most likely would not be able to pay.