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Updated: Tommy Rees arrested, charged with resisting an officer

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UPDATED 5:00 p.m. ET: The update has been made below as well, but Rees’ charges are officially as follows: two counts of resisting law enforcement, minor consumption and battery. All are misdemeanors. The battery charge was previously a felony.

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Yesterday, CBSSports’ Dennis Dodd declared the opening of the “silly season” of college football, where no spring practices meant ample time for football players to get into all kinds of shenanigans.

Lo and behold, it only took Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees a matter of hours to get himself into trouble.

The Chicago Tribune and South Bend Tribune report that Rees, along with Irish linebacker Carlo Calabrese, was arrested Thursday morning when cops tried to break up an off-campus party. Police say Rees “actively resisted” officers trying to corral him and other party-goers before throwing an interception in the endzone.

“It wasn’t terribly violent, but it was enough to be considered resisting,” South Bend police Capt. Phil Trent told the Tribune.

However, WSBT-TV reports, via Trent, that Rees “kneed an officer in the stomach” and was pepper sprayed before being taken into custody. The Tribune was able to confirm both incidents.

Rees has been hit with charges of resisting law enforcement,  battery to law enforcement, minor consumption and public intoxication — all misdemeanors. He was being held without bond until the county prosecutor’s office decided on formal charges.

Calabrese, a backup LB who played in every game last season, was slapped with a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. South Bend PD claims Calabrese told officers “my people will get you” before being arrested. He was released after posting $150 bond.

“The university is aware of this incident and is confident that it will be handled in a prompt and professional manner through the criminal justice system,” Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown said in a statement. “Internal discipline is handled privately, in accord with our own policies and federal law.”

Additionally, coach Brian Kelly offered this response:

“I am aware of last night’s incident involving two of our football players. I am of course very concerned given the nature of the allegations, but I am still gathering information. I’ll withhold judgment until I can collect all the facts and speak with both Carlo and Tommy.”

Rees started 12 of 13 games last season, but was thoroughly entrenched in Notre Dame’s quarterback battle this spring. While all the facts regarding this case are still being developed, the incident surely doesn’t help Rees’ campaign to begin the 2012 season as the incumbent starter.

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41 Responses to “Updated: Tommy Rees arrested, charged with resisting an officer”
  1. atw34 says: May 3, 2012 9:50 AM

    Thats cold man…..the comment about the interception!

  2. Ben Kercheval says: May 3, 2012 9:58 AM

    I know. I’m sorry, but it was just…. there for the taking.

    BOOM!

  3. xtremesportsmaniac says: May 3, 2012 10:08 AM

    Brian Kelly will have him say 10 Hell Mary’s and then get out there and play.

  4. grikes says: May 3, 2012 10:16 AM

    Tommy Rees- your 2014 starter for the Kansas Jayhawks. Or Jacksonville State.

  5. imforbigblue says: May 3, 2012 10:33 AM

    When will these punk kids ever learn

  6. drexelvol says: May 3, 2012 10:38 AM

    “Police say Rees “actively resisted” officers trying to corral him and other party-goers before throwing an interception in the endzone.”

    That’s the funniest thing you’ve ever said, Ben. Keep it up.

    You may want to consider finishing the following sentence in your article though.

    “The Tribune was able to confirm the knee to the stomach and”

  7. Ben Kercheval says: May 3, 2012 10:43 AM

    I’m a well-documented dolt, drexelvol. Thanks for the heads up and its been corrected.

  8. drjem says: May 3, 2012 10:44 AM

    Ben,

    All IO can say is that, “You’re the dammed best sports writer in the country. Keep up the HONEST & great reporting!

  9. drexelvol says: May 3, 2012 10:47 AM

    Name calling now, Ben? That’s real professional.

  10. kozbee says: May 3, 2012 10:50 AM

    “It wasn’t terribly violent, What assulting an officer kneeing him to the stomach.Any average person would get a year in jail for hitting a cop if he wasn`t a college player.Rees beats this one he`s been giving his Christmas gift early imo.Tommy Rees you kind of remind me of someone,o`ya the drunk of a QB over at South Carolina.Well when ND gets tired of a Drunk getting into trouble you can always go get a job with the gamecocks.Grow up young man,you need to be tested daily till season open just to keep you out of trouble.

  11. goomba42 says: May 3, 2012 10:52 AM

    Rees tried to drive me to drink all last season. Now we’re even.

  12. takingbovadasmoney says: May 3, 2012 10:56 AM

    @extreme – not this time. ND has competetion at QB, not good competition, but competetion. Rees is no Michael Floyd on the field. If Rees was far and away the starter, he would get the Michael Floyd you are suspended until a day before practice starts punishment. Kelly wants another starter, so I bet Rees is done at ND and Kelly will stick his chest out at the presser and say that this behavior will not be tolerate here…….

  13. drexelvol says: May 3, 2012 11:01 AM

    Sorry, Ben. Ignore my last comment, I read your response wrong. I need to finish my coffee before responding posting :-\.

  14. matreyu13 says: May 3, 2012 11:09 AM

    We all know Tommy can’t outrun anybody.

  15. chitownmike says: May 3, 2012 11:34 AM

    Everett Golson, take this opportunity and RUN with it!

  16. brutusbuckeye2011 says: May 3, 2012 12:04 PM

    @ xtremesportsmaniac:
    FYI! The prayer is called a “Hail Mary” and not a “Hell Mary.”

  17. Scott says: May 3, 2012 12:11 PM

    So.. a kid can now assault a cop, resist arrest, and drink underage and get out of jail for $150? I guess it pays to be a ND quarterback in South Bend.

  18. sandlebars says: May 3, 2012 12:12 PM

    No doubt his penalty will be to come to practice and games on time. Like posted earlier, if we did that we would get a year in jail.

  19. ndmick says: May 3, 2012 12:23 PM

    When a knee to the stomach isnt serious, I think you have to say that officer really “took one for the home team”….good thing TR wasnt visiting Chicago…it might not have been taken so well by the CPD….

  20. chicagoirish23 says: May 3, 2012 12:24 PM

    “Scott says:May 3, 2012 12:11 PM

    So.. a kid can now assault a cop, resist arrest, and drink underage and get out of jail for $150? I guess it pays to be a ND quarterback in South Bend.

    No, but they do teach you to read at Notre Dame. Carlo Calabrese (a linebacker) was let out on $150 bond as he was only charged with disorderly conduct. Rees (the QB) was held w/out bail until official charges could be filed since he did assault a police officer.

  21. canetic says: May 3, 2012 12:28 PM

    He should have raped the cop, then ND would have covered up all this mess

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/notre-dame-accused-woman-prosecuting-sex-assault-charge/story?id=12944141#.T6KyBtVTfdI

  22. dg0122 says: May 3, 2012 1:24 PM

    His people? Is he ‘connected’? Like a ‘la cosa nostra’ type of deal?

  23. mountaineer50415 says: May 3, 2012 1:46 PM

    I am truly sickened by Notre Dame as they seem to never be accountable for their actions. A guy who says “My people will get you,” should not be allowed to play for the team EVER. What a narcistic jerk.

  24. dkhhuey says: May 3, 2012 2:42 PM

    But I thought their student athletes were always superior to those at other less special colleges. Oh well, at least they still have their graduation rates to brag about!

  25. lew24 says: May 3, 2012 3:32 PM

    At least he did not pull the “Do you know who I am?” card! lol

  26. lovinthatsomanyhateonnd says: May 3, 2012 3:32 PM

    a few things should be noted here. First, the SBPD’s penchant for being over aggressive. Second, how did the cop get the wind knocked out of him if he was wearing a bullet proof vest? Or was he not wearing one? I know most do though, so im curious about that. Lastly, most of the time if you graze a cop you get charged with the felony first. So we will have to see what the charge boils down to in the end. Im not apologizing for their actions, but in my experience the cops tend to exaggerate a bit in these situations.

  27. ndmick says: May 3, 2012 5:07 PM

    Hey, Maclovin…way to blame the cops for a kid drinking and landing a knee to the stomach…what are you thinking, its ok to ever swing on law enforcement. I nvever wonder what’s wrong with these kids when I see people making an excuse “was he not wearing a vest”…C’mon man.

  28. mountaineer50415 says: May 3, 2012 5:55 PM

    Sounds like loveinthatsomany…….has done the same thing. Maybe the poor thing got his hand slapped. It is too bad that a police officer can not hit back without a bunch of garbage being said about them. I am surprised the police handled it so well. Glad he doesn’t play on my team, that goes for loven..also.
    I also have a difficult time with the way one of them talked. How can he be so, look who I am, when he plays football like he does. Cant’t imagine why Notre Dame would keep either of them. Surely they have better and more responsible players then what we saw last year.

  29. tony34343434 says: May 3, 2012 10:12 PM

    another 800 or so crimes by players and they will catch up to Michigan’s and USC’s arrest records, well maybe 1000 when it comes to the michigan men.

  30. pdcooper08 says: May 4, 2012 6:33 AM

    @tony3434: really, 800 hundred??? Are you serious.

    But really, are you kidding me here. Come on, this is a joke. Everyone around ND knows that the police have it out for the students and there partying. This is not a big deal. He was having a few beers with the fellas and the cops showed up. He knows the routine. You run like hell when you see them, because there going to over react and treat you like a felon when they get to you. He ran and was chased, then went down, cuz he is unathletic, and they pounced on him, causing one cops to fall into a knee. Now that’s assualt? This is not that big a story here. Please let all the facts come out first. 150 for bail and a cite for being intoxicated and the matter is settled.

  31. jimbo75025 says: May 4, 2012 7:56 AM

    pdcooper08 says:May 4, 2012 6:33 AM

    @tony3434: really, 800 hundred??? Are you serious.

    But really, are you kidding me here. Come on, this is a joke. Everyone around ND knows that the police have it out for the students and there partying. This is not a big deal. He was having a few beers with the fellas and the cops showed up. He knows the routine. You run like hell when you see them, because there going to over react and treat you like a felon when they get to you. He ran and was chased, then went down, cuz he is unathletic, and they pounced on him, causing one cops to fall into a knee. Now that’s assualt? This is not that big a story here. Please let all the facts come out first. 150 for bail and a cite for being intoxicated and the matter is settled.

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    Things are like that in most small college towns as there is usually some friction between the tax paying residents and the 6-8 month a year students. The “townies” seem to minimize the large $ pumped into their cities by the students, visiting parents, etc plus the volunteer work that gets done in their communities by various school groups.

    Glad I went to school in a large city where unless there was gunfire or major stuff going on, the cops were not going to show up to bust some kids for drinking. Hell, if the party was big enough, we just hired an off-duty cop for security to prevent any issues like this. Costs us like $20-$25 per hour (mid 90′s) but well worth it. Different times I guess.

    On another note, $150 seems small though, I had friends get popped 15-20 years ago in small college towns for drinking alone and their penalties/bail were more severe than that.

  32. spoiledbratswhosuck says: May 4, 2012 8:18 AM

    College sports are out of control.

    ND is no different.

    Can not wait for these 2 to get into the job world. If that is my competition, stupid and drunk, I will be able to work till I am 100, God willing.

  33. secucks says: May 4, 2012 8:22 AM

    @tony34343434 says:

    another 800 or so crimes by players and they will catch up to Michigan’s and USC’s arrest records, well maybe 1000 when it comes to the michigan men.

    ________________________

    What a stupid comment by @tony3434. USC has a total of 7 players with an arrest record (per a CBS/SI investigation). In 2010 there was an off-campus party where 22 were arrested including 8 Notre Dame football players. And because the investigation only included top 25 teams (of which ND is most definitely not), they weren’t included in the investigation. That, for the last 10 years Michigan is 6-4 against Notre Dame and USC is 9-1 says more than making an ignorant conjecture about comparative arrest records.

  34. fitz79 says: May 4, 2012 1:44 PM

    There’s a big difference between getting arrested for drinking under aged, a mild infraction that has been doled out to countless students and players alike, and getting into a fight with the cops. If he cooperates, at most he gets a little slap on the wrist. Maybe he doesn’t even get breathalized and arrested. But to assault and get into a scuffle with the cop shows this kid lacks intelligence and common sense. Granted, he’s only 19 and mistakes are made. But Rees clearly has a lot of growing up to do if he thinks he can get away with this kind of behavior.

    As a Notre Dame fan it makes me sick. If Notre Dame doesn’t have the academic and/or moral superiority, what do we got? Maybe it’s time to relax extreme academic standards and start letting in the regular “dumb jocks,” so we can actually have a solid, winning season. And maybe it’s time we start ignoring this kind of off the field shananigans like they would at Ohio St, Florida or wherever. Rees should be kicked off the team. Heck, he’s just lucky he doesn’t have to live in the same legal system as the rest of us!

  35. tony34343434 says: May 4, 2012 9:33 PM

    i guess we forgot about USC breaking every rule in college football, sure they win a lot when you pay players, Reggie Bush, a few basketball players and on and on, easy to win when you have no rules and your players dont really need to go to class, oh and our friends at Michigan, how many rules violations did Rich Rod have, oh and the Fab Five in basketball, are u kidding!!!!

  36. pdcooper08 says: May 4, 2012 11:09 PM

    @TONY343: You know after reading your two comments here, I have to say, your a bit of Donkey. Very myopic and shallow in thought. Do you have any idea what you are saying? Reggie Bush and the Basketball players? Since when did any Basketball player help or assist in getting a win for the football team.

    Look, it was proven that Reggie’s parents excepted out side payment off campus some 100 miles from the school. That’s a lot different then say a player getting his pockets lined in the locker room after a game. That didn’t happen. And your comments about Michigan, you don’t know what your talking about and you sound biter.

    Regarding fitz79, I think your being a little harsh on the lad, is he guilty before the process is even complete. Or does he have the chance to at least have the whole story come out before getting the boot. And let me ask you, if you where to get pepper sprayed in the face at close range after u attempted to flee a party you where drinking beer at, would just lay there and take it, or would you possible attempt to cover up, roll or flale about in an attempt to get out of the line of fire, while waiting for them to stop. During this time, is it possible that he might have come in contact with the officer and possible made contact with a foot, leg, arm or fist to that officer? Any contact by the guy is viewed as assault on a peace officer and that just adds to the charges. All I’m saying is, lets give it time, let the facts come out. If he purposely stomped a cop, then he will get his, if not let’s dust the boy off, have a chat with him and tell him he’d better have learned a good lesson. From what I hear, he is not a bad kid. ND has had bigger donkeys that played QB before, most recently Jimmy Clausen for one. I heard he was an a-hole.

  37. tony34343434 says: May 5, 2012 9:20 PM

    USC players took cash to play on the basketball team, i think the name was OJ Mayo, it is a fact not bitter just stating the truth, and be a man dont use the word donkey you sound like a fool.

  38. pdcooper08 says: May 6, 2012 12:44 AM

    Your so right there tony343, so what’s your point? BB player took cash to play to play, not Fb player.

    As well, I beleive I was being nice when I used the word Donkey to discribe. Next time I’ll just say there an ass if that makes you feel better. I have no concerns with my manhood if your worried about that. But what ever, you the man.

  39. secucks says: May 6, 2012 8:27 AM

    @tony34′s comments are inaccurate. Unlike the situation at tOSU or South Carolina which involved multiple players, USC had ONE football player (Reggie Bush) and ONE basketball player (AJ Mayo) receive improper benefits This is a NCAA football blog so the focus is on Bush who, as previously noted, had FAMILY MEMBERS who lived 150 miles from tue USC campus, receive benefits. In Mayo’s case, he received benefits from an agency which started before he even declared for USC. The joke on the agency is that Mayo cut ties with them and signed with someone else. In April 2008, the NCAA combined the two investigations into a proble of the USC athletic program announcing results/sanctions in June 2010.

    In Jan 2010 USC determined Mayo (who left USC after one season – 2007-2008), had received improper benefits and vacated it’s record for that season. In addition USC withdrew from post-season consideration for the 2009-10 season.

    The NCAA investigation findings reflected and sanctions were based entirely on what was identified as USC’s “lack of institutional control” saying that USC should have known what occurred.

    @tony34 is obviously clueless about all the circumstances of USC and Michigan and he picked two teams which largely owned Notre Dame on the field over the past ten years. (At least this is true for USC which is 9-1). He started by saying that student-athletes in the USC and Michigan programs committed 800-1000 crimes and when it was shown that Notre Dame problems exceeds USC’s, his assertions turned to USC saying “i guess we forgot about USC breaking every rule in college football, sure they win a lot when you pay players, Reggie Bush, a few basketball players and on and on, easy to win when you have no rules”.

    Just a demonstration of stupidity and ignorance. By the way Notre Dame isn’t free from pay for play problems either as their program was under NCAA probation for two years and a loss of one scholarship (compare that to USC’s 30) for various ND playerS (i.e. more than one) taking money from a booster over a 6 year period.

    @tony34 needs to shut up when he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

  40. tony34343434 says: May 8, 2012 9:31 PM

    easy to own a team when you pay your players!!

  41. secucks says: May 9, 2012 1:29 AM

    @tony34… From your response it seems you believe that the Notre Dame players are being paid. That being the case, whoever is paying isn’t getting their money’s worth.

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