Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with battery to law enforcement and resisting law enforcement.
As if that was not enough bad news for Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, five more Irish players were arrested Friday night, and now face possession of marijuana charges, with three of those players also being charged with possession of a handgun without a license.
Senior safety Max Redfield, sophomore linebacker Te’von Coney, sophomore running back Dexter Williams, redshirt freshman cornerback Ashton White and freshman wide receiver Kevin Stepherson were pulled over for a speeding violation Friday night, with the police report saying the car was doing 73 miles per hour in a 60 mph zone. The car also had an improper taillight, according to the police report. White was the driver of the vehicle. After being pulled over, the officer detected an odor of marijuana, which led to a narcotics dog to sniff the car. The dog alerted the officers to illegal narcotics, which led to the officers finding marijuana and a handgun.
The charges for marijuana possession are all misdemeanors, but the carrying of a gun without a license is considered a felony. That puts an interesting spin on the football future of Redfield, Stepherson and Williams, per Notre Dame policy.
“Any student arrested on a felony charge also faces dismissal from the university,” a statement from Notre Dame spokesman Paul Browne said Saturday. “The university will determine if additional sanctions should apply to any or all of the students charged.”
Butler is also facing a possible dismissal from the university for his incident. According to the latest reports, police responded to a bar scene shortly after midnight following a call about a fight with bar security. It was then that police officers also intervened in a fight between several women, which also involved Butler. From ND Insider:
As police separated the women, Butler, who appeared to be “extremely irate,” walked toward one of the women and shoved her, said South Bend police Lt. Joseph Galea. When police ordered Butler to step back, he allegedly lunged at an officer, shoved him and started throwing punches.
After a brief scuffle, police were able to subdue Butler and handcuff him, Galea said. He was arrested on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and battery on a police officer. None of the charges were related to Butler shoving the woman, because the women left the scene before he was arrested.
That is one wild and crazy night for Notre Dame. Brian Kelly has not been made available to the media for a response at this time.
Notre Dame’s first game of the season will be played on Sunday, September 4th, at Texas.