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Six Notre Dame Players Arrested

| by David Bonner
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Devin Butler, a cornerback on the Notre Dame football team, was jailed on Aug. 20 after allegedly punching and body-slamming a police officer outside a bar.

Five of Butler’s teammates were arrested during a separate traffic stop, when marijuana and a loaded handgun were found inside their car, reports The Associated Press.

The university confirmed that those arrested in the latter incident were cornerback Ashton White, starting safety Max Redfield, wide receiver Kevin Stepherson Jr., linebacker Te'von Coney and running back Dexter Williams.

All five were released thd same afternoon from the Fulton County Jail in Rochester, Indiana, where they had been held on misdemeanor possession charges of marijuana and an unlicensed handgun.

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According to an affidavit, the Butler incident occurred outside the Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, Indiana, where Notre Dame is located. The affidavit gives the details of the altercation, describing a scene in which Butler tackled the officer, punched him in the side and stomach, and even managed to pull off his belt.

"He shouted profanities at the officers and started swinging his fist," added South Bend police spokesman Lt. Joe Galea.

According to the St. Joseph County prosecutor's office, Butler faces possible charges of two felonies: resisting law enforcement and battery to a police officer. He is being held at the county jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

In a statement, Notre Dame spokesman Paul Browne said that "any student arrested on a felony charge also faces dismissal from the university,” adding that the school “will determine if additional sanctions should apply to any or all of the students charged.”

Butler played in 12 games for Notre Dame in the 2015-2016 season, and made 11 tackles. Redfield has been a starter at safety the past two seasons, notes ESPN. He was the Irish's fourth-leading tackler in the 2015-2016 season. Williams gained 81 yards on 21 carries in 2015 and was expected to get regular playing time in 2016.

Sources: AP via Fox News, ESPN / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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