Notre Dame has dismissed safety Max Redfield and indefinitely suspended cornerback Devin Butler from the football program. The discipline comes just one day after both players were arrested by local authorities.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team will be without two players at the start of the season — and possibly more.
Head coach Brian Kelly has dismissed Redfield and indefinitely suspended Butler from the football team after a series of arrests took place between late Friday night and early Saturday morning involving a number of Notre Dame players.
Redfield was riding in a vehicle that had been stopped by police. Accompanying him were Dexter Williams, Ashton White, Kevin Stepherson Jr. and Te’Von Coney — all players for the Irish.
Butler, a senior at Notre Dame, was arrested and charged with battery to law enforcement and resisting law enforcement, per Matt Fortuna of ESPN.com.
According to Fortuna, Butler was arrested just outside of a popular bar near the Notre Dame campus.
"After officers broke up a fight inside the Linebacker Lounge, they saw two women fighting outside when Butler allegedly shoved one of the women, according to the probable cause report. Butler was agitated, according to the report, and when officers told him to back away he allegedly pushed the officers and punched one of them.“He shouted profanities at the officers and started swinging his fist,” South Bend police spokesman Lt. Joe Galea said.The officer was taken to a hospital for treatment for minor injuries, including a sore wrist, Galea said."
With the season-opener against the Texas Longhorns just a couple of weeks away on Sep. 4, an Irish team that has high hopes of making the College Football Playoffs this year can do without any distractions outside of football.
Losing two senior players in the backfield is something that will definitely hurt the team, but it was clear-cut that the disciplinary actions had to be taken.
While the university has not yet released any information regarding any discipline against the other four football players that were with Redfield on Friday night, any sort of action taken by Kelly and the team is inevitable.
Let this be a statement for the rest of the Notre Dame team moving forward.
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