And now we know a little more of the rest of the story.
Earlier this month, Utah announce that Cory Butler-Byrd had been indefinitely suspended from the team as he dealt with unspecified personal issues. This week, those personal issues came to light as the wide receiver, it was revealed, was arrested late last month following an on-campus incident.
Specifically, Butler-Byrd was charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief. From the Deseret News:
Charging documents allege Butler-Byrd “threw a piece of wood” at the window of a patrol room where the university’s police department is located, 1735 E. South Campus Drive, on July 27. He is also accused of jumping up and down on a police officer’s patrol vehicle, denting the roof, and smashing the rear window of the car.
Charges say Butler-Byrd was preparing to throw an additional object, “a large white sign,” when campus police officers who had heard the window break ran outside the building and took him into custody.
Prosecutors say video surveillance from the incident supports the charges against Butler-Byrd. He also “came to the station on his own accord to talk about the incident” and “admitted damaging the patrol vehicle and breaking the patrol room window,” charging documents state.
The receiver will remain on scholarship, but will not be participating in team activities during his open-ended suspension.
After transferring to the Utes from the junior college ranks, Butler-Byrd began his FBS career as a cornerback. He began the transition to receiver during the 2015 season, then exited spring practice this year as the starter as a slot receiver for the Utes.
Butler-Byrd started five games last season as a corner/receiver (three at CB, two at WR), intercepting three passes and catching one pass for a 54-yard touchdown. He also returned eight kicks for 233 yards and a touchdown.