Saturday roundup: 6 Notre Dame players arrested

Rick Callahan
Associated Press

Max Redfield (10) and Devin Butler (12) of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish were arrested in separate incidents.

Indianapolis — Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler was jailed Saturday after a police officer said the player punched and slammed him to the ground outside a bar, and five teammates were arrested in a separate incident when a trooper found marijuana and a loaded handgun inside their car during a traffic stop.

Officers had to use a stun gun to subdue Butler in the altercation outside the Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, according to a probable cause affidavit.

South Bend police spokesman Lt. Joe Galea said that after officers broke up a fight inside the bar they saw two women fighting outside when Butler allegedly shoved one of the women. Butler was agitated and when officers told him to back away he allegedly pushed the officers and then attacked one of them.

The affidavit says Butler tackled an officer to the ground, punched him several times in the side and stomach and pulled off his duty belt.

“He shouted profanities at the officers and started swinging his fist,” Galea said of Butler.

The St. Joseph County prosecutor’s office said Butler faced possible charges of resisting law enforcement and battery to a police officer, both felonies. Butler was being held at the county jail on $10,000 surety bond.

But Prosecutor Kenneth P. Cotter said in a statement Saturday that he’s seeking court approval for additional time to investigate the case so that his office can “determine whether formal charges are appropriate.”

The officer Butler allegedly attacked was taken to a hospital for treatment for minor injuries, including a sore wrist, South Bend police spokesman Galea said.

According to the affidavit, Butler apologized while he was being taken to jail, “stating that he had been incredibly emotional and intoxicated.”

Devin Butler

Butler played in 12 games for Notre Dame last season, starting the regular-season finale against Stanford. He didn’t play in the Fiesta Bowl because of a broken foot. He also started twice as a sophomore in 2014. He had 11 tackles last season, seven coming on special teams. Irish coach Brian Kelly said in June that Butler would miss the beginning of the season with a broken left foot and could be out until October.

The five other players were arrested Friday night after Indiana State Police said a trooper stopped a car in Fulton County about 35 miles south of South Bend for speeding. The trooper detected the odor of marijuana and with the help of a drug-sniffing dog, he found the marijuana and handgun, police said.

The university confirmed that those arrested were: cornerback Ashton White, starting safety Max Redfield, wide receiver Kevin Stepherson Jr., linebacker Te’von Coney and Dexter Williams, who’s one of three running backs expected to play regularly for the Irish this season.

All five were released Saturday afternoon from the Fulton County Jail in Rochester, where they had been held on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge. Redfield, Stepherson and Williams face an additional misdemeanor charge of possession of an unlicensed handgun.

It was not immediately clear if any of the six players had attorneys who could comment on their behalf.

University spokesman Paul Browne said in a statement that “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,” his statement said.

Texas A&M player charged

Texas A&M football player Josh Walker was arrested on charges of assault causing injury to his girlfriend and interfering with an emergency request for assistance, police said.

Walker, 20, a junior linebacker from Gilmer in East Texas, was booked into the jail Friday night. He was held on $9,000 bond.

College Station Police Cpl. Matthew Alaniz said Walker pushed his girlfriend during an argument and she was hurt when she fell into a child’s rocking chair. When she tried to call 911, Walker taunted her and blocked her from calling, but didn’t realize when he grabbed a phone from her that the 911 operator already was on the line and could hear more arguing and struggling.

According to a probable cause statement, the dispatcher could hear the woman crying and telling someone to get off her.

Walker was cooperative when police showed up, Alaniz said. Police said the couple has a child who was not involved in the argument.

Walker immediately was suspended from the football team, the Texas A&M athletic department told the Houston Chronicle.

He started four games as a freshman in 2014 and started one game last season.

Extra points

Florida State suspended quarterback Malik Henry for a violation of team rules. Coach Jimbo Fisher announced Henry’s suspension following the first of two practices but refused to say exactly what it was for or how long it would last.

... Redshirt junior Max Browne will start at quarterback for Southern California.

... North Carolina reserve quarterback Caleb Henderson is transferring. He appeared in two games last year and threw one incompletion.