Six Notre Dame football players were arrested over night Friday into Saturday in two separate incidents.
An initial court hearing has been set Tuesday, August 30th at 8:30am for five players who were arrested in Fulton County late Friday night. Max Redfield, Ashton White, Te'Von Coney, Dexter Williams and Kevin Stepherson were pulled over around 10pm Friday in Fulton County for possession of marijuana. Redfield, Stepherson Jr. and Williams also face an additional charge for possession of a handgun without a license. No formal charges have been made yet, however, against the five players arrested in Fulton County.
On Sunday, Irish football coach Brian Kelly announced that Redfield, a starting senior safety, had been dismissed from the team while White, Coney, Williams (sophomores) and Stepherson (freshman) will face internal discipline from the team. Kelly also indefinitely suspended cornerback Devin Butler.
Butler was arrested in South Bend outside the Linebacker in a separate incident early Saturday morning. Prosecutors have not yet filed formal charges against Butler although they say they've found probable cause against him. An an initial hearing date won't be finalized until formal charges are presented.
South Bend police were called to the Linebacker at around midnight for reports of a fight between patrons and security. After police broke up the fight, they went outside and found a group of women fighting near the curb. When this happened, Devin Butler reportedly became very angry towards one of the women in the group.
According to court documents, Butler lunged at and shoved the woman. An officer grabbed Butler, pushed him away from the woman, and told him to stay back.
Butler reportedly cursed at the officers and tackled one of them to the ground, hitting him several times. Officers eventually detained Butler using a taser, and arrested him.
He reportedly apologized while being transported to jail, saying he'd been incredibly emotional and intoxicated.
Before that, five players--Max Redfield, Ashton White, Kevin Stepherson, Te'Von Coney and Dexter Williams--were arrested Friday night around 10pm in Fulton County and face a misdemeanor charge for possession of marijuana.
Redfield, Stepherson Jr. and Williams also face an additional charge for possession of a handgun without a license.
Notre Dame had their final practice of fall camp on Friday. The team is off for the rest of the weekend for the first time since camp started on August 7th.
A police post indicates that the five players were arrested on U.S. 31 in Fulton County allegedly going 73 miles per hour in a 60 miles per hour zone. The vehicle also had a blown out taillight. The police officer smelled the odor of marijuana emanating from the car. The trooper utilized his narcotics detecting police dog to conduct a free air sniff around the Ford. The dog indicated the presence of illegal narcotics inside the vehicle. During a subsequent search of the car, officers allegedly found marijuana and a loaded handgun. Reserve cornerback Ashton White, 19, was listed as the driver of the vehicle.
Redfield, 21, is a starting safety for the Irish. 19-year-old Dexter Wiliams is Notre Dame's 3rd string running back. 19-year-old Te'Von Coney is a backup linebacker. 19-year-old Ashton White is a reserve defensive back and 18-year-old Kevin Stepherson is a freshman wide receiver.
Butler, originally from Washington D.C. is a senior at Notre Dame and plays cornerback for the Fighting Irish.
Butler was expected to compete for a starting job at cornerback for 2016 but in June, he re-fractured the same foot he had repaired back in January when he was injured before the Fiesta Bowl. Butler had surgery again in mid-June and was expected to be out out 14-16 weeks, marking the middle of October as the earliest for a potential return.
Classes at Notre Dame begin next week. Notre Dame opens the season at Texas on Sunday September 4th.
The following is from Paul Browne, vice president for public affairs and communications at Notre Dame:
"Any student arrested on a felony charge also faces dismissal from the university. The university will determine if additional sanctions should apply to any or all of the students charged."