Notre Dame's Stepherson charged with possession of marijuana

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) Notre Dame wide receiver Kevin Stepherson is now facing a drug charge from a traffic stop that occurred one day before he was arrested for shoplifting at the University Park Mall.

The Marshall County Prosecutor's Office says Stepherson was pulled over for speeding last Thursday and is being charged with possession of marijuana, speeding, and no valid driver's license.

According to court documents, Stepherson was driving 80 miles per hour in a 60 mph zone.

The next day on Friday, Stepherson and teammate CJ Holmes were arrested. Stepherson was picked up for shoplifting a pair of sweatpants from Macy's at the University Park Mall in Mishawaka. The arrest report says Stepherson allegedly walked out of the store wearing a $59 pair of Nautica sweatpants he did not purchase. Holmes had a $79 North Face coat in a bag as he left the store.

The two were taken to the Macy's security office and released after being notified of their proxy arrest. As is procedure in these cases, they were not taken to jail or booked. The case has been sent to the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office, who will determine if charges will be filed.

Stepherson and Holmes were already suspended from all football related activities on Wednesday after news broke of their shoplifting arrests. Team spokesman Michael Bertsch says Irish coach Brian Kelly has no further comment on Stepherson at this time. Kelly is next scheduled to meet with the media next week in Orlando as the Irish prepare for the Citrus Bowl.

WNDU also reached out to the university side and received this response from university spokesman Dennis Brown: "Student disciplinary cases are handled privately, in accord with university policies and federal law."

Stepherson's initial court appearance for the Marshall County charges will be on Feb. 20, 2018.

It is the 3rd run-in with the law for Stepherson, who is already on probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana following an arrest in Fulton County in August of 2016 with four teammates.

As part of the probation, Stepherson was mandated to submit urine samples as well as avoid alcohol consumption and illicit drug use. He was also required to participate in the court's drug and alcohol program.

Despite the August arrest last year, Stepherson did not sit out a single game in 2016. He finished 2nd on the team in receiving.

While it was never acknowledged by Notre Dame, Stepherson was suspended for the first four games of 2017 for what sources tell NewsCenter 16 was a violation of team rules. He eventually returned to action and became one of Notre Dame's most reliable wide receivers, catching a team high five touchdowns during the most recent football season. Stepherson started three games, catching 19 total passes for 359 yards.

Holmes played in eight total games, rushing the ball eight times for 32 yards. He appeared mostly on special teams.



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