NOTRE DAME, Ind.--- Receiver Will Mahone has no chance of returning to Notre Dame while facing felony charges of assault on a police officer, intimidation of a public servant and vandalism, his attorney said Tuesday.
Attorney James Gentile said he hopes to get the felony charges against Mahone reduced to misdemeanors before a July 23 preliminary hearing.
"Notre Dame has informed him that as long as there are felonies pending, he is not welcome back," Gentile said. "He would like to return to Notre Dame. Whether or not he plays football, that's still up in the air."
University spokesman Dennis Brown said Tuesday that Mahone has not been enrolled since June 24 but said he couldn't comment further because of privacy laws.
Mahone was in court Monday evening for a pretrial hearing in Mahoning County Court in Ohio. Mahone has not yet entered a plea on the felony charges, but has pleaded innocent to misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, Gentile said.
Police in Austintown, Ohio, about 70 miles southeast of Cleveland, say that when they responded to reports of a fight on June 14 they found Mahone punching and head butting vehicles and trying to fight several people. Officers said the 20-year-old Mahone appeared highly intoxicated and didn't comply with orders to get on the ground. They said he yelled obscenities, threatened to kill the officers and struck one officer with his head.
Coach Brian Kelly had suspended Mahone indefinitely from all football-related activities on June 16.
Mahone, who started his career at Notre Dame as a running back, didn't play as a freshman and was a slot receiver in two games last season but didn't have a catch or carry.
Mahone was booked for disorderly conduct, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, intimidation of a public servant and vandalism of a government entity. Three of those charges are felonies.
Austintown Police say they arrived at the scene of a party where witnesses told them Mahone was head butting and punching vehicles. The police report says the officers approached a "highly intoxicated Mahone" and attempted to get him to calm down.
"F*** off white boy," Mahone replied, according to the police report obtained by WNDU.
Officers then took Mahone to the ground and after a bit of a struggle, were able to hand cuff him and place him under arrest.
"F*** you, you white piece of s***, take these cuffs off and I'll kill you, I'll f****** kill you," Mahone told police according to the report.
While handcuffed, officers say that Mahone "whipped his head back in an aggressive manor striking this officer on the left side of the forehead."
When finally placed in a police car, Mahone began to kick the window of the vehicle multiple times. He was tasered to bring him under control.
Officers then began to drive Mahone to Mahoning County Jail. While en route, Mahone declared "Bro when I get out, I got a Glock 9 for your a**." The police report indicates Mahone was referring to a Glock 9mm hand gun.