Notre Dame has potentially got it’s yearly off-season kick in the nuts this Saturday morning with reports of six Notre Dame football players including starters Max Redfield and Tevon Coney being arrested Friday night and Saturday morning in two separate incidents.
In total the six players reported to have been arrested include Redfield, Coney, Dexter Williams, Ashon White, Kevin Stepherson, and Devin Butler. All but Butler were reportedly arrested together in Fulton County, Indiana according to ABC 57 in South Bend. The arrests came as a result of a routine traffic stop.
The group was initially stopped due to speeding, but police reports say Reason smelled marijuana and, after confirming with his narcotics detecting police dog, officers searched the vehicle and found marijuana and a loaded handgun.
All five players were charged with possession of marijuana. Redfield, Stepherson Jr., and Williams are also being charged with possession of a handgun without a license.
Butler meanwhile was reportedly arrested in a separate incident for resisting arrest.
The St. Joseph County Jail booking desk confirmed Butler was arrested by the South Bend Police Department early Saturday morning on those two preliminary charges. Butler was then brought to a holding cell at the St. Joseph County Jail.
When The Observer contacted the St. Joseph County Jail booking desk again, it confirmed the incident occurred at 1631 South Bend Ave., which is the address of the Linebacker Lounge, a popular student bar located just off Notre Dame’s campus.
What will come out of all of this is anyone’s guess right now as this story develops, but obviously this is potentially devastating to Ntore Dame on the football field. Redfield is slated to be Notre Dame’s starting free safety and Tevon Coney was in a battle for the starting WILL position. Dexter Williams and Kevin Stepherson were not up for starting roles but have been making plays all camp long and were in line for solid playing time. From a pure football perspective, Butler and White were not expected to be on the field much this fall – especially Butler who is currently on injured reserve and was potentially looking at a redshirt season already.
There has not been any comment from Notre Dame regarding either situation to this point. We will have plenty more as this situation develops. It had been a relatively quiet off-season for Notre Dame but much like the academic scandal from 2014, this has the potential to deliver a devastating blow to Notre Dame’s playoff chances this fall.