Report: Max Redfield, Five Other Notre Dame Football Players Arrested

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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.

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  1. Jack 3 years ago

    Max and Kevarie were just shit when it came to consistency, they could both make plays and they both missed plays more often. I give Kevarie a pass because of his incredible interception at USC. I can’t think of a play like that for Max, I won’t even think about him again in 5 minutes…

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  2. LynnWhyJae 4 years ago

    SO that’s why max has been missing his assignments in games all this time?? my man has been high as a kite during the games!

    hope these guys learn from this. I surely am thankful I was never caught doing the dumb stuff I did when I was at that age. Even the times I got pulled over when I should have got popped for drunk driving, but for some reason the cop was in a mood to deal with my speeding on the lowest level and just let me go with a warning. It’s a different case for these guys, but they will rebound even if they don’t end up with ND.

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  3. Alley O'Cat 4 years ago

    I’m with you, southside! I am not blaming BK and this is not a doomsday scenario (except for some of the players involved). Luckily, we are loaded at linebacker and running back. This gives an opportunity for some of the younger guys with talent to play.


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  4. southside 4 years ago

    Alley O’ Cat , you got it ! Too much jumping to conclusion before all facts are in. High profile athletes making headlines with misdemeanor charges. If some Frat boys did same—it’s a non issue. And they would be able to continue their education. Lay students don’t get expelled from Universities for Dui’s , pot possession –or even in possession of gun without license/permit. But , like you say—rules of conduct are different for athletes–and it should be. Let’s wait till all the facts come in –before passing judgement. If the misdemeanors are worst case scenario for the 5 guys in the car—they probably will be suspended from football by the Athletic Department. However , they should remain as students during their football suspension–like any other student runs a foul of the law. Now if it’s a felony — I don’t know what the University’s rule is on that. I’m speculating a year suspension from participating in athletics–football in this case for the 5 players in car. This means Max Redfield’s career at ND is over. The other guys will be able to return in 2017. As far as the other separate incident involving Devon Butler–I won’t comment on. It’s serious felony charges–that will impact this young man’s life. I wasn’t there–neither were any of us that comment on UHND articles. As far as the “blame Coach Kelly” comments — well that’s expected from the Kelly haters.—–Are we in a doomsday attitude before Texas game ? NO WAY ! The two players–two starters Redfield and Coney involved in arrest—are going to be capably replaced with some outstanding players on D — as is a new running back for back up Dexter Williams. This is nothing new for Notre Dame—guys come out of nowhere from the depths of the bench —some became legends at Notre Dame. Go Irish.

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  5. MikeT 4 years ago

    According to reports I read Butler did not only hit a cop he also hit a female. And Jack, no one grabbed him the report says he charged a police officer after being ordered to back off. As I said before, the moment he went for the officer’s gun belt he put his life in grave danger. Since the officer has physical injuries I doubt this will be bargained down. He was also tazed because he was so out of control.

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  6. bart 4 years ago

    I think they all go down if illegal stuff is in the vehicle and depending on the cop he can cut some a break or be a asshole about it Most ive encounterd aint into deal makin especially when theres a loaded gun in the vehicle

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  7. Alley O'Cat 4 years ago

    I also think marijuana should be legal, but coaches and universities do have the right to set to set standards for conduct. The players, rightly or wrongly, are held to a higher standard. If some kid majoring in history gets arrested, nobody knows or cares. But a kid on scholarship in a big time football program gets arrested and its all over the news and social media. If this is Butler’s first brush with the law (presuming that he’s guilty), is he not entitled to a second chance in life? Did all of the kids have marijuana or were they simply all arrested because there was pot in the vehicle? Who actually owned the gun? We do not know the facts. Innocent until proven guilty, people. Yet, we have some on here already blaming Coach Kelly.

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  8. bart 4 years ago

    I wish the trooper who pulled them over just would of ignored the stench of pot coming from the car.Told them be careful young men on their way back to south bend and say your prayers before you go to bed oh and dont forget to unload your unlicensed gun before going to sleep and have a nice evening he must of been a purdue fan

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  9. Ron Burgundy 4 years ago

    ^rim shot

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