Six Notre Dame football players were arrested this past weekend, including Devin Butler, who was arrested on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and battery of a police officer after reportedly striking a cop during a confrontation outside of a South Bend bar.
“The cops got called there for a separate incident, and apparently when they got there, Devin Butler was intoxicated (and) unhappy,” South Bend Tribune Notre Dame football reporter Mike Vorel explained on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “(He) kind of got into it with one of the police officers, ended up getting arrested and charged with battery toward a police officer and resisting arrest, and ended up having to be tasered. Charges have not been formally filed against him, but it seems like it’s a matter of time. So he’s been indefinitely suspended from the team. Not a great Friday night if you’re Devin Butler.”
Butler broke his left foot in June and was expected to be out until at least October. If he’s charged with felonies, he could be out even longer than that.
“It’s a bad deal for him,” Vorel said. “If these felonies end up sticking and he gets charged with felonies, he’ll likely be dismissed from the university as a whole. So he hasn’t been formally charged at this point, but it seems like that’s coming in the next couple days, and if so, he’s going to be off the team and perhaps out of the university.”
In separate news, five other Notre Dame players – Te’Von Coney, Max Redfield, Kevin Stepherson, Dexter Williams and Ashton White – were arrested Friday on misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana. Redfield, Stepherson and Williams were also charged with possession of a handgun without a license.
“There were five more Notre Dame football players . . . heading out of town (when) they were pulled over for speeding and having a tail light out,” Vorel said. “It turned out there was marijuana in the car. There was a handgun in the car. So all five of them were charged with possession of marijuana. Three of them were charged with possession of a handgun. Basically, the deal was the handgun was on the floor in the back seat. None of them confessed to it being their gun, so all three of them sitting in the backseat were charged with possession of a handgun without a license. Those are all misdemeanor charges, but they still don’t look good.”
Redfield, a starting safety, was dismissed from the team. The senior had numerous disciplinary issues during his Notre Dame career and was sent home from the Fiesta Bowl last season for violating team rules.
“He had too many strikes and he was dismissed from the team,” Vorel said. “Internal discipline for the rest of the players, but with Max Redfield, it was just one strike too many and he was out.”
Notre Dame, ranked No. 10 in the AP preseason poll, is expected to contend for a playoff spot this year. The Irish open at Texas on Sept. 4.