Suffice to say, Friday night was not a good night for the Notre Dame football program. Or Saturday morning, for that matter.
In two separate incidents overnight, six Notre Dame football players were arrested on various charges. In one, five players, senior safety Max Redfield, sophomore linebacker Te’von Coney, sophomore running back Dexter Williams, redshirt freshman cornerback Ashton White and freshman receiver Kevin Stepherson, were arrested about an hour from South Bend and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Additionally, Redfield, Stepherson and Williams were charged with one count each of possession of a handgun without a license.
Here’s the initial Indiana State Police report on the arrests of White, Redfield, Stepherson, Williams & Coney. pic.twitter.com/K7BPowXTm6
— Mike Vorel (@mikevorel) August 20, 2016
But wait, there’s more.
Senior cornerback Devin Butler was arrested early Saturday morning on charges of battery to law enforcement and resisting law enforcement. Those charges are felonies.
The incident, the details of which aren’t yet available, happened at a bar just off campus.
“Any student arrested on a felony charge also faces dismissal from the university,” an ND spokesperson said in a statement. “The university will determine if additional sanctions should apply to any or all of the students charged.”
Butler has played in 37 games his first three seasons with the Irish. He started two games in 2014 and the regular-season finale in 2015. He was projected as a starting corner exiting the spring before a foot injury in mid-June was expected to sideline him for up to four months.
The most noteworthy of the remaining arrested ones is Redfield (pictured). A two-year starter for the Irish, Redfield was fourth on the team in tackles last season.
The status of all six players for the opener against Texas Sept. 3 and beyond is still to be determined.