The details surrounding Notre Dame receiver Will Mahone’s arrest Sunday, June 15, may be alarming, but Mahone is just the most recent in a string of Irish football players arrested since 2010.
Mahone is charged with five counts — three of which are felonies — following an aggressive altercation with police late Saturday night and into Sunday morning.
Since 2010 there have been four other incidents involving the arrest of a Notre Dame player or multiple players. Three involved alcohol and one involved marijuana possession.
None of the players were convicted of anything more than a misdemeanor, and no players involved in these incidents were ever asked to leave the team.
March 3, 2012 — Quarterback Tommy Rees and linebacker Carlo Calabrese were arrested following an altercation with police during a house party on Notre Dame Avenue. Rees, who allegedly kneed a police officer after fleeing the party, plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges — minor consumption and resisting arrest. His two other misdemeanor charges, battery and a second count of resisting arrest, were dropped.
Calabrese was slapped with a misdemeanor intimidation charge following the incident after threatening officers during Rees’s arrest.
Rees and Calabrese were both suspended for the 2012 season opener in Dublin, Ireland, though both played substantially throughout the rest of the year.
March 20, 2011 — Wide receiver Michael Floyd was arrested by campus police on a misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
It was Floyd’s third alcohol-related incident since 2009, and he was suspended from the team indefinitely. Head coach Brian Kelly later re-instated Floyd to the team in August. Floyd was not suspended from any games that season.
June 19, 2010 — Quarterback Nate Montana — son of former Notre Dame and NFL star Joe Montana — and wide receivers Robby Toma and T.J. Jones were among 11 Notre Dame athletes arrested on misdemeanor charges of underage drinking at an off-campus party.
Linebacker Steve Filer, kicker Nick Tausch, cornerback Lo Wood and offensive linemen Chris Watt and Tate Nichols were the other football players arrested that night. The players were not suspended from game action.
May 11, 2010 — Tight end Mike Ragone was arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession after police found two bags of marijuana in a female passenger's purse.
Ragone did not miss any playing time for the charge.