Six Notre Dame football players arrested in two overnight incidents

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Top row: Coney, Redfield, Stepherson. Bottom row: White, Williams, Butler (Photo courtesy of WSBT)

FULTON COUNTY, Ind. – Six Notre Dame football players were arrested in two separate incidents Friday night and early Saturday morning.

Five of the players were arrested following a traffic stop in Fulton County around 10 p.m. Friday.

The players involved include linebacker Te’Von Coney, safety Max Redfield, wide receiver Kevin Stepherson Jr., cornerback Ashton White and running back Dexter Williams.

A trooper pulled the men over on U.S. 31 for allegedly traveling 73 miles per hour in a 60 miles per hour zone. Police say the car, a 2007 Ford Focus, also had an “improper taillight.”

When the trooper began speaking with the driver, White, he allegedly smelled marijuana in the car. The trooper had his police dog conduct a free air sniff around the car and it indicated the presence of the drug. During a subsequent search of the car, officers say they found marijuana and a loaded handgun.

All five were arrested and taken to the Fulton County Jail, where they were charged with possession of marijuana. Redfield, Stepherson Jr., and Williams also face a charge for possession of a handgun without a license.

The men involved in this incident were not the only members of the Notre Dame team to be arrested overnight. The school’s student newspaper, The Observer, is reporting that senior cornerback Devin Butler was arrested in the area of the Linebacker Lounge near campus around 12:30 a.m. Saturday. He was then booked into the St. Joseph County Jail.

SBPD officers Luke Pickard and Aaron Knepper had just resolved a different altercation at the Linebacker when they noticed a commotion involving several women.  As the officers approached, Butler shoved one of the women. Officer Pickard grabbed the senior cornerback, ordering him to stay back.  But Butler swore at them, picked up Officer Knepper and tackled him to the ground. At one point, Knepper’s duty belt was ripped off.  A stun gun subdued Butler for a time, and other officers were able to pull the 6- foot, 200-pound player off Knepper.

The jail confirms to WSBT 22 that Butler was booked on preliminary charges of battery against a police officer and resisting law enforcement. Police say Butler picked up an officer and tackled him to the ground as the officer was trying to intervene in a fight between several women. Butler ripped off the officer’s duty belt during the fight, which led the officer to use his stun gun on Butler. The officer went to Memorial Hospital to be treated for injuries to his arm, neck, back, elbow and wrist.

Butler admitted to being drunk and emotional at the time, and a court set a $10,000 surety or $1,000 cash bond for him.

Notre Dame has released a statement regarding the arrests, saying the players could be dismissed from the university.

“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,” said Paul Browne, Notre Dame’s vice president for public affairs and communications.