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Mahone future in doubt after arrest in hometown

Jun 16, 2014, 2:20 PM EDT

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The first off-the-field incident of the summer happened over the weekend as reserve wide receiver Will Mahone was arrested early Sunday morning in his hometown. The Mahoning County Sheriff public records revealed five counts against Mahone, some of which are very serious.

Notre Dame released a comment on Monday, though Mahone’s status with the team is murky:

“The University is aware of this incident and is confident that it will be handled in a prompt and professional manner through the criminal justice system,” the statement said. “Internal discipline is handled privately, in accord with our own policies and federal law.”

According to Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune, officers arrived around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday night after being called to respond to a fight. From there, things don’t sound like they went too well.

According to the police report filed by the Austintown Police Department, officers arrived on the scene about 10:30 p.m., Saturday after being called to respond to a fight. Officers observed about 20 people in the street pointing to a driveway on the north side of Rita Avenue.

Some of them told police Mahone was highly intoxicated and head-butting and punching vehicles as well as trying to fight several people.

Police say an officer advised Mahone to calm down and get on the ground, to which Mahone responded with, “(Expletive), white boy.” Police say an officer then took Mahone to the ground, but he repeatedly resisted arrest.

Once Mahone finally was able to be handcuffed, police claim, he responded, “(Expletive), you white piece of (expletive). Takes these cuffs off and I’ll kill you. I’ll (expletive) kill you.”

As Mahone was being led to the cruiser, police allege, he began to scream and shout and tried to pull away. Mahone is further accused of whipping his head back in an aggressive manor, striking a police officer on his forehead.

None of these details sound particularly good for Mahone’s future in South Bend, though they should hardly be taken as gospel. It wasn’t too long ago that Tommy Rees and Carlo Calabrese were taken in by local police with some hairy charges that eventually shrunk down to misdemeanor charges and community service.

On the field, Mahone has yet to make an impact for the Irish after entering as a four-star recruit in 2012. He was buried on the depth chart after a redshirt season as the Irish’s sixth running back before shifting to the slot. Any progress he made at receiver was short-circuited by a high-ankle sprain last season and a broken foot this spring.


  1. 9irish - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Just for the record, that’s in northeast Ohio, around Youngstown. Pretty rough town. If all that is true, he’s done.

    • dickasman - Jun 16, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      So was Donald sterling right?

      • 1historian - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:09 AM

        Your unerring instinct for the MMP (Most Moronic Possible) comment is still with you, still in full bloom.

    • johngaltisspeaking - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:15 PM

      Look at it this way all the winning programs have criminals playing for them. At least we can look at this as a positive sign. Looks like we are getting closer to the likes of the SEC.

      • jhhjccbrock1 - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        your and idiot

      • onward2victory - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        Do you mean *you’re* *an* idiot? #ironic

  2. irishdodger - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    What Mahone said to these officers makes what Calabrese said to the cops tame by comparison. He should be gone if all this is true.

    • yllibnosredna - Jun 16, 2014 at 6:34 PM

      @irishdodger: Completely disagree with the assertion that his threat was any worse than Calabrese’s. See my reasoning below–20th comment [Then again, neither of us were present at either situation so we’re lacking context to accurately assess either threat]. IMO, I’d say it was strictly an empty-headed, drunken blunder that’s likely not made without the influence of John Barleycorn. Not saying it’s innocuous, but I’d be considerably more concerned about the alleged PHYSICAL assault.

  3. mtflsmitty - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    If there were multiple physical assaults…
    If he caused damage to several vehicles…
    If he directly threatened multiple police officers, and assaulted one with a head butt…
    …Then this situation seems to have little to no similarities to TR’s situation.

    Therefore, using this situation as a litmus test (as someone suggested yesterday) to measure how even-handed BK is when handling legal issues affecting star players, vs journeymen would be senseless.

    If much of this is over-blown, I hope the record gets set straight quickly.

  4. fnc111 - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Tommy one game. Mahone kicked off the team? Seems to make a lot of sense for basically the same crimes.

    • ibleedirish - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      Basically the same crimes? As usual, you’re perception of the available facts is dead wrong.

      • ibleedirish - Jun 16, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        *your. wow, talk about sloppy

    • dbldmr - Jun 16, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      Perhaps I’m mistaken, but I don’t remember TR threatening to use a Glock on the cop. Don’t think they had to put a spit mask on him or restrain him either. If the account is accurate then Mahone is in a bit deeper than TR was. That’s the thing about alcohol…it makes you smart.

    • mtflsmitty - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:33 PM

      I tell my middle school aged kids that anytime someone argues using the word “basically”, they should watch for the proceeding mis-characterization of the truth.

      “See kids. Case in point”.

    • dillonbigred - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      You continue to sink to more idiotic comments.

  5. fnc111 - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Cops always lie. Not all, but most are pure scum of the earth high school drop outs.

    • ibleedirish - Jun 16, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      High school drop out or no, they all do things in the line of duty that would have you pissing your jorts.

    • dillonbigred - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      You have to be joking, you can’t be this stupid!

      • 1historian - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:12 AM

        wanna bet?


  6. bernhtp - Jun 16, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    If Mahone were really resisting, I imagine it would have taken a bunch of cops to restrain him given the near superhuman strength a large running back has.

    • ibleedirish - Jun 16, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      Let’s agree to file that comment under “Wild A$$ Speculation”
      He was tasered in the frigging face. I think it may be safe to say he was resisting.

  7. nudeman - Jun 16, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    As far as threatening to kill a cop, if he had a cop or two pinned down and was aiming an assault rifle at them … that would be a real threat to kill and the officers likely wouldn’t be around to testify.

    But he had no weapons on him and was screaming that “threat” when he had already been subdued. That charge will get tossed.

    Not making excuses for the guy; just saying there’s a lot of runaway justice here and on other boards.

    Keep in mind, there is not a hint of any of this type of behavior previously from Mahone and so wouldn’t it be fair to conclude that this whole thing was alcohol/substance inspired? If not then he had some sort of psychotic break, which I doubt.

    Doesn’t make it right but my feeling is he ends up with rehab, community service, etc. I’d be fine with that and hope he gets his life back together and somehow makes it back to ND.

    • domer77blowsgoats - Jun 16, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      Are you a self proclaimed subject matter expert in absolutely everything?

      “That charge will get tossed” – complete BS

      So by that legal bravdo – on my commute home I’ll walk up to NYC CTU and say just one of those lines in QUOTES and cite Nude-law as support for no charges

      Will report back in the am…

      • nudeman - Jun 16, 2014 at 5:58 PM

        You ever post here without mentioning me? Or even something football related, God forbid?

      • NotreDan - Jun 16, 2014 at 7:56 PM

        There’s no question nude is a smart dude, very well spoken; AND he has the added bonus of not having beastiality in his handle. So while he may not be an “expert” in everything, at least he isn’t a douche-nozzle with a full diaper like duh-domer sheep sex pervert.

      • mtflsmitty - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:52 PM

        I have to say, this series of posts is really funny.

        A) The fact domer77 just cannot contain his frustration with Nude being Nude
        B) When Nude is exasperated and plays to victim card, vs playing the full-on belittling attack dog card
        C) The fact NotreDan is defending Nudeman’s good name by pointing to the inappropriateness of domer77’s screen name is awesome.

      • papadec - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:14 AM

        smitty – and you don’t have to pay for it. Better than most TV sit-coms.

      • 1historian - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:15 AM

        Nude, Dan, Smitty, Dec – we’ll get through these days, I promise you.

    • dickasman - Jun 16, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      Hey guys get a room. No anal sax on this board please!

      • idratherbeinsouthbend - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        That’s not a rule!

    • rjshan - Jun 16, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      Right on Mr. Nude. Let’s be more concerned about the “student” in student-athlete. The young man needs support at a critical time in his young life. Hopefully things can be worked out and he can return to school and continue on his “forty year” program.

      • NotreDan - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM


      • nudeman - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:38 PM


  8. danirish - Jun 16, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    I’ll admit it – When I saw who it was I was like “whew!” Then the guilt set in, my Mom’s ghost in Heaven threw a divine she at me and I felt bad.

    Sucks when people make stupid choices and things like this happens.

    I hope Mahone comes out of this a better person and can at least still finish his degree.

    • dickasman - Jun 16, 2014 at 6:19 PM

      Meh thank god we don’t need him. I think he was smoking that synthetic marijuana bath salt sht. That sht will make ya jump jump

  9. Stethoscope Nunchucks - Jun 16, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    If the area is as rough as some of you make it sound, I sincerely hopes he gets a second chance by the university. It’s hard for these kids to escape the environment that they are a product of, even when you take them somewhere like Notre Dame.

  10. yllibnosredna - Jun 16, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Sounds like he did a nice Rees-Calabrese 2012 combo with a bit more aggression. IMO, there’s not much difference in drunkenly yelling ” Take these cuffs off and I’ll f…ing kill you!” than cryptically stating with Mafia-like bravado “My people will get you.” In fact, I’d have been more concerned with the latter threat. Sorry but profanity doesn’t make the former offense any worse. The aggressive resistance is a different story. Sounds like he didn’t meekly go down without putting up quite a fight. I suppose time will tell how its severity compares to Rees’ gaffe in 2012.

    Oh well, I feel bad for the kid and really hope he can rebound from this, but from a utilitarian perspective, I couldn’t be less concerned as to how this will affect the fate of the 2014 season. If this is the worst news (in regards to player attrition) we have between now and September, I’ll be elated.

  11. idratherbeinsouthbend - Jun 16, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    ANBODY noticed that this is Mahone in Mahoning county? Is his dad the king or something?

  12. onward2victory - Jun 16, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Sometimes I watch COPS and Law & Order, so I’m virtually an expert on all things law and law enforcement related. Let me know if you guys have any questions regarding this Mahone situation.

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      what time is Mahone’s episode on?

    • johngaltisspeaking - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      Yes can you tell me does Mahone fit in to the SEC lifestyle more than the ND lifestyle ? BK is recruiting SEC KIDS. I love it

      • c4evr - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:20 PM

        BK’s just fortunate it was a guy buried in the depth chart. Although, you do have a point, A. Shrugged. ND has been missing that ‘edgy’ – outside of T’eo – presence for the past 2 decades. BK just has to find a way to bring it out on the field and not in somebody’s driveway at 11PM.

      • johngaltisspeaking - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM

        Yeah you can tell that he was not not important player like Floyd. That was quick termination from the team.

  13. papadec - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Hopefully, somewhere, sometime, down the line, someone will be able to help him work on whatever it was that caused the behavior BEFORE the police arrived on the scene.

    • c4evr - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:23 PM

      It’s called NOPTIS-itis. ‘NO Playing Time In Sight’

  14. knuterocknesghost - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    No one has mentioned the obvious about Mahone’s case as far as his being allowed to return to Notre Dame and attend classes.

    While everyone should be wishing the best for Mahone in terms of his learning from this experience, the key issue in terms of whether he will be allowed back on campus is an assessment of whether or not he constitutes a risk to the rest of the students, faculties, administrators, and visitors on the Notre Dame campus.

    The violent acts he is alleged to have committed make it very difficult for Notre Dame to ignore its responsibilities to its community, and you can imagine if the worst case happens, and he injures someone at Notre Dame if he’s allowed to come back to school, how the newspapers, bloggers, and plaintiffs’ attorneys will go on and on about Notre Dame favoring a football player in disregard of the fact that it is “known” that he is prone to become violent even if it only happens when he’s intoxicated. So one big problem for Mahone is that there is a bright light being directed at violence and the need for security on all American campuses these days, and that would be especially true for Notre Dame.

    The other problem for Mahone is that Notre Dame does not have the luxury of time to wait and see how Mahone’s case turns out, or to count on an anger management program or other therapy to help him control his emotions even if we want to believe that is eventually possible as a means to let him gain control over his emotions.

    At a minimum I expect that Notre Dame will suspend Mahone pending the outcome of his case, but if he pleads out rather than going to trial, I would think that is not the kind of outcome that would boost the confidence of Notre Dame administrators in judging the risk to the Notre Dame community where any misjudgment, however honestly made, will get blown up as another jock being given a slap on the wrist.

    It was reported that there were numerous witness at the scene who may back up the charges made by the police. These may testify officially as witnesses at his trial or unofficially as they might be quoted in the “press”. If in the next few weeks there are numerous published accounts by witnesses that back up the charges by police, Mahone’s chances for returning ND will be quite long. At any hearing before the Res Life Board, he should have an attorney present if his criminal case is still pending to avoid making any sort of admissions that would doom his defense. However, if he is forced to be largely silent for this reason, that may also lead to his suspension if not outright dismissal, and the guarantees of due process in criminal court proceedings will not apply to the Res Life Board. There is no crime of perjury for lying to the Res Life Board, but Mahone would have to be careful. If it turns out he did lie during his hearing at ND as shown by facts that come out in the course of his criminal case, I would think that would be grounds for his dismissal from Notre Dame as well. He’s in one tough spot and so is the University even if it wanted to be lenient.

    • nudeman - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:42 PM

      Honestly knute, you must think you’re hosting a 20/20 episode.
      Do less.

      • knuterocknesghost - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

        Agreed. Good comeback.

      • knuterocknesghost - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:08 PM

        Agreed Nude. Nice comeback.

      • ndgoldandblue - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:23 AM

        Yes, but who would provide the commentary? Hugh Downs or Barbara Walters? As for me, I imagine this would be a Walters segment.

      • nudeman - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        You can’t go full Barbara Walters without knowing the nuances of the manner of speech
        So for now it’ll have to be Hugh

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:23 PM

      Knute’s post is proof that you CAN filibuster the message boards

      • nudeman - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:46 AM

        Knute/getsome’s post is proof that I’m not the biggest clown here

      • palinurus10 - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:49 AM

        @nude. No, it’s not.

    • palinurus10 - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:48 AM

      Yeah, Knute, don’t go and try to post thoughtfully around here. Not only will it be beyond a lot of guys’ understanding, but you will open yourself up to clever comments from guys who can’t just ignore comments they don’t want to read but need to ridicule.

      On the substance, I essentially agree with you. I can’t see ND taking him back. The racial nature of the alleged comments is probably the killer, unless there was a racial component to the arrest, in which case they might excuse it. I still doubt it, though.

  15. NotreDan - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    You must be a republican; its the ONLY way you can blather on with such self aggrandizing drivel for like, 700 words.

    • joeblk10 - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      Long winded or not you officially win moronic post of the day with that one. Leave politics on other boards please.

  16. yaketyyacc - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:44 AM

    young people, alcohol and police have always made bad ingredients. the concoction usually results in a drink that no one wanted, liked or sought. and for the drinker, the difficulty to remember, and for the police, whose job is hard enough, the difficulty to be tolerant and understanding. let’s fast forward to the following morning. the arresting police officer faces a sober young person, the arrestee. they have no problem. “Look Kid, I know that you are better then last night. lay off too much booze, and I’ll forget the charges.” Thanks!

  17. oldndgrad - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Interesting that no one mentioned the racial slurs here. If Mahone was white spouting the n word we’d all be up in arms. Putting everything in perspective, there’s no place for this kind of bigoted, combative person at ND.

    • c4evr - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      Now it becomes quite clear why the NFL puts so much emphasis on the pre-draft interview process…

    • jerseyshorendfan1 - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      First sensible comment I’ve read about this whole mess. Mahone, if it’s all true, you really screwed the pooch on this one. Start looking for a new school.

      • sjb198 - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:34 PM

        yes indeed jersey. we must remember that he is one of our own until he is no longer one of our own. time will tell.

  18. rpbags - Jun 17, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Such a shame and such a waste of a chance that most people who are football players will never have. I just find it sad that these kind of things still happen and it just makes me wonder how hard is it really to just be a good kid and do what you need to do on and off the field. I realize that they are young and full of get up and go but this is a bad situation for ND and Mahone. I hope he learns from his mistake and will become a productive person in this world. Just hope that ND does not start to turn in to the SEC schools!!! As always just my opinion!

    • johngaltisspeaking - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      The bottom like the tough players are the kids that come out of the hood. Kids with nothing and kids who only want to make it in Football for the big pay day. These kids lay it out on the line and could careless about breaking a neck or arm or leg. That is what college football has become and its only going to get worse. There is so much money around the sport thats its impossible for the NCAA to control it all. If the NFL doesn’t step in and demand action the entire sport is going to go south fast. But it was pretty obvious watching Notre Dame play Alabama that there were two different teams on the field that day. Notre Dame just isn’t in the same league as they brute force football teams.

      • johngaltisspeaking - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        Well another turn of events to show nobody in the history of CFB has recruited as well as Alabama. Barnett has just committed to Bama. LOL This is unreal for Alabama. If Nick Saban stays at Alabama for the next ten years he will put Alabama in the History books with at least 8 National Titles. And of course our fan base will still be grasping on the HOPE campaign hoping that our 3 star players pan out. Alabama could very well be the most historic program in CFB.

      • ndgoldandblue - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:49 AM

        To quote Brad Pitt, “It’s an unfair game.” If the Irish ever win another national championship, it won’t be because of their advantages. It’ll be in spite of their disadvantages. Just look at some of the wonderlic scores of the studs coming out of the SEC. A lot of the best college football players aren’t great students.
        And whether it’s the weather, the city, or the academic standards, Notre Dame is trying to succeed playing behind the eight ball. And I don’t want to hear about the TV deal being an advantage over the rest of college football. In 2014, nearly every FBS fanbase can watch their team play every Saturday.

  19. bernhtp - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Few fully recover from a Mel Gibson moment. Mahone’s appears worse than most, and Notre Dame doesn’t have a history of extreme tolerance for such. At best, he is suspended for a very long time, and is almost certainly gone if the felony charges stick.

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