Notre Dame football coach determines punishments for players arrested

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

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The head football coach at the University of Notre Dame has announced the punishments for the six players arrested Friday night.

In a statement released Sunday, coach Brian Kelly said safety Max Redfield is being dismissed from the team and cornerback Devin Butler is being placed on indefinite suspension. The four other players will not be removed from the team, but they will be “subject to disciplinary measures internal to the football program.”

“The expectations we set for the members of our team are high, but they are especially so for the upperclassmen who are expected to provide leadership and a positive example to the other members of the team,” said Kelly. “Max and, at least at this stage in the review of his case, Devin, have failed in that regard and so have lost the privilege of continuing to be part of our team.”

Redfield is one of five players facing charges after police say they found marijuana and a loaded gun in their car during a traffic stop. He’s being charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a handgun without a license.

Butler was arrested in a separate incident when police say he picked up an officer and tackled him to the ground as the officer was trying to intervene in a fight between several women. He faces charges of battery against a police officer and resisting law enforcement.

Kelly said he met with all of the players involved in the two incidents before determining their punishments, which deepened his disappointment in the poor decisions that were made.

“Their conduct fell far short of what we expect from those who represent our football team and this great university,” said Kelly.

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