The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are the latest team to suffer offseason troubles, as quarterback Tommy Rees and linebacker Carlo Calabrese were arrested early Thursday morning.
According to FOX News 28 in South Bend, Ind. and ESPN, Rees is being held without bond as he faces charges of resisting arrest, battery to a law enforcement officer, minor consumption and public intoxication.
Some charges are felonies, which is why Rees has yet to be released on bond. He is only 19 years old.
According to St. Joseph County Police Sgt. Bill Redman (via FOX News 28), Rees had to be pepper sprayed before arriving to the jail, and the young QB isn't positive what all happened late last night and early this morning.
Update: Finally there is a bit of good news in aftermath of the arrest.
As previously reported by Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune, all four charges have been reduced to misdemeanors.
While not having to deal with a felony is certainly a plus for Rees, the bigger news for Notre Dame fans is that now he won’t be subjected to the possibility of getting kicked out of school. According to the Notre Dame’s disciplinary code, “any student charged with a felony gives Notre Dame the right to take summary action and temporarily dismiss the student.”
So while his status as starting QB is certainly in jeopardy, he won’t be getting kicked out of school.
Update: Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune tweeted the latest news regarding the charges against Rees.
Prosecutors make it official: #NotreDame QB Tommy Rees charged only with four misdemeanors. Felony battery count reduced.— Brian Hamilton (@ChiTribHamilton) May 3, 2012
Update: Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune tweeted a confirmation of what exactly Rees did to the police officer.
Confirmed via South Bend police capt. Phil Trent that #NotreDame QB Tommy Rees lifted a knee into an officer during arrest.— Brian Hamilton (@ChiTribHamilton) May 3, 2012
Update: Brian Kelly has now commented on his players being arrested, and CollegeFootballTalk gives us his statement.
I am aware of last night’s incident involving two of our football players. I am of course very concerned given the nature of the allegations, but I am still gathering information. I’ll withhold judgment until I can collect all the facts and speak with both Carlo and Tommy.
Calabrese, on the other hand, was released on bond after being arrested for a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.
He did, however, allegedly shout a poor choice of words when this unfortunate incident went down. Mary Kate Malone of the South Bend Tribune tweeted what Calabrese said to an officer of the law.
At one point, Calabrese allegedly told officers, "my people will get you," according to SB police reports.— Mary Kate Malone (@MaloneMK) May 3, 2012
This is the last thing the Fighting Irish needed in their offseason, especially since one of the players arrested is in a heated quarterback battle.
Notre Dame fans weren't too fond of Rees before this incident, and there's no question this news only makes matters worse.
Rees had the most experience of the four quarterbacks competing for the starting job, but after this run-in with the law, it wouldn't be a surprise if Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly altered the standings of this intense QB race.
Needless to say, Kelly and his staff won't be too happy about this, and soon actions will be taken against Rees and Calabrese.
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