Two Notre Dame football players have been charged for an alleged shoplifting incident from earlier this month at a Macy’s department store. Wide receiver Kevin Stepherson and running back CJ Holmes were arrested Dec. 15 after allegedly walking out of with clothing items they did not pay for. The formal charges have now been filed as the legal situation advances to the next course of action.

A couple of weeks ago, Stepherson was arrested after being picked up by security as he walked out of Macy’s wearing a pair of $59 sweatpants he did not purchase. Holmes had walked out of the store with a $79 coat without paying for it. The two were released by mall security with a notice their Class A misdemeanor accusations would be filed. Both players are now scheduled for a court hearing next month.

For Stepherson, it was quite a 24-hour span running into the law. the day prior to the shoplifting incident, Stepherson was pulled over for speeding. After being pulled over, police charged Stepherson with possession of marijuana and for driving without a valid driver’s license.

Stepherson and Holmes were suspended from the Notre Dame football program previously following the initial arrests. There has been no update to their status with the program in light of this recent development. It should be expected Brian Kelly and Notre Dame will allow the legal process to play out before making any further determination on just how the program may handle their two players moving forward. However, Stepherson is already walking on thin ice after reportedly sitting out the first four games of the season due to a violation of team rules and Brian Kelly reported that any future decision would take place after their bowl game.

Holmes will be more likely to remain a part of the program, but this is certainly a strike against him in South Bend.

[WNDU]

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