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Mahone sentenced to 10 days in jail

Jul 24, 2014, 3:54 PM EDT

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Wide receiver Will Mahone, whose future at Notre Dame is still uncertain, was sentenced to 10 days in Mahoning County jail on Wednesday stemming from an arrest in June. Mahone has been indefinitely suspended from the football team by Brian Kelly and is not enrolled at the university.

Mahone pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, assault and aggravated menacing, with felony charges wiped off of his record.

The Youngstown Vindicator has more on the plea struck by Mahone and his attorney, and the leniency shown to him by the court.

Judge David A. D’Apolito of Mahoning County Area Court told Mahone, “I’m giving you much less of a sentence that I think is probably appropriate, but I’m going to do it anyway.”

The sentencing came after a presentation by Ken Cardinal, an assistant county prosecutor, comments from Mahone’s lawyer, James Gentile, and four people who spoke about Mahone’s character.

“I just feel terrible about [the incident], every day,” Mahone said. “I just can’t say enough of how sorry I am.”

What this does for Mahone’s future — at Notre Dame or any other program — is still uncertain. But the dismissal of felony charges, a huge sticking point for any student-athlete, is significant.

Mahone’s status with the university will need to be addressed by the school first, with a hearing likely in the books. His role on the Irish football team, where he’s yet to make an impact and has been buried on the depth chart for three seasons, also seems in jeopardy as well.

The arrest took place in Mahone’s hometown, where he starred as a multi-sport athlete in high school. The community rallied around Mahone, with many people in court supporting him and his character, as Mahone immediately sought forgiveness for his actions rather than fight to prove his innocence.

At this point, I’d be shocked if we ever see Mahone in a Notre Dame uniform. But the timing of the sentencing, freeing Mahone from jail  by the end of August and forced to only serve a year on probation, should allow him to head to another program, perhaps as early as this fall.

Wherever he resurfaces, hopefully Mahone learns from the incident, proves the judge in the case right to give him a second chance, and finishes his degree and resurrects his playing career.


  1. onward2victory - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Major SEC talent/behavior.

  2. bernhtp - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    This may theoretically stop his dismissal/expulsion, but that has nothing to do with his football scholarship and team status. Thus it is only theoretical since he’s not in a position to pay $60K+ year as a non-athlete student. I agree with Keith that it is unlikely for Kelly to take him back.

    I hope Will takes the lesson to heart and uses it in a fresh start elsewhere.

    • nudeman - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:12 PM

      You’re probably right but I for one would like to see him make it back to ND, regain his scholarship and graduate. Would be a great story of redemption

      Having said that, it’s pretty clear he was having trouble rising up the depth chart and from a football standpoint it might be best if he went somewhere like Miami of O.

      • bernhtp - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        Maybe he is given an unconditional release, though getting this in return for a felony arrest (pled down to 4 misdemeanors) likely is a precedent no one wants to set.

      • don74 - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:51 PM

        I read in the south bend trib that he is undergoing alcohol rehab. If he was trying to move up the depth chart with an alcohol issue he was swimming upstream with at least one hand tied behind his back.

        Hope the kid gets pointed in the right direction and if that includes ND so much the better. If not, best of luck.

      • ibleedirish - Jul 26, 2014 at 9:12 AM

        Isn’t rehab pretty standard in these cases as part of the punishment? I mean I remember in high school, kids getting flagged for a minor in possession and having to go to AA meetings. Not that it wouldn’t be beneficial in this case, but I also don’t think it means he’s an alcholic per se.

    • bernhtp - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:38 PM

      Notre Dame is good with mental health issues, including substance abuse, but would generally want to see evidence of long-term recovery before readmission. Alcoholism recovery is never easy nor instantaneous. After all, acknowledging the problem is just the first step.

  3. johngaltisspeaking - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    College Football is becoming what can we do to limit the arrests because there is no way to stop it when you are recruiting within a certain demographic. This is the reality and its supported by FACTS. Texas just tossed two kids out of the program today for trying to pull a gangbang a DP to be exact. These two kids will see between 2 and 20 years. Texas A&M has had something like 8 arrests this year alone. No school is exempt from this rule not even ND. The best thing that the NCAA could do is pass a rule that if you are arrested while playing college sports you are out end of story. Shembo, Floyd, Mahone your all out of here.

    • johngaltisspeaking - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      Oh yeah forgot – the man that started the Jerry Springer format right in a little studio in Anaheim California.

    • nudeman - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      If you are “arrested” you’re out. That seems fair. Except … it isn’t.
      What about the false arrests that take place? Not saying Mahone was falsely arrested (he most certainly wasn’t) or those 2 TX guys, but it does happen.

      And btw, Shembo … do you even know the story there? Was never arrested.

      On the other hand, #11 was.

      • johngaltisspeaking - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:06 PM

        Seriously is that hard not to get arrested.

      • johngaltisspeaking - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:07 PM

        My question to all of you is do you know the story. Your answer is no.

      • onward2victory - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:26 PM

        Nude I don’t think Ishaq Williams has ever been in trouble?? Or do you mean,,, Ohhhh you mean THAT #11!

      • bernhtp - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:01 AM

        To answer the question, it’s pretty easy to get arrested these days. I was arrested a years ago for speeding on an empty road by a cop who escalated it to reckless driving. He clearly thought my car was too nice and I was having too much fun. Upon review of the cruiser video, the prosecutor backed it down to simple speeding and then a dismissal after a deferred adjudication, but it was obviously a hassle.

        There must be over a hundred ND students arrested each year, mostly for MIP. More generally, the Land of the Free has far more people incarcerated than any other country. So, one would think that getting arrested by itself is significant, but it isn’t.

      • nudeman - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:15 AM

        Bern, 95% of law enforcement officials are decent and hard working and do the right thing. But there is the 5% Clown Factor, like all other professions, that do crap like you described. They resent someone for having a nice car and/or making more money than they do; or they have an inner grudge against blacks, women, men or some other class. Or they’re just sh**heads in general.

        Anyway … whatever.

        It would be a great story if Will made it back to ND. It’s probably 50/50 at best, but it would be a great story and I bet the ND brotherhood would gladly welcome him back.

    • tedlinko - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      Right, because nobody deserves a chance at redemption. One strike and you’re out. This is exactly the spirit we should be promoting….especially at a Catholic university.

    • jerseyshorendfan1 - Jul 25, 2014 at 12:16 AM

      Jg……you forgot one little thing. It’s called the U.S. Constitution and it provides for a presumption of innocence when one is arrested, even a college football player.

      • idratherbeinsouthbend - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:31 PM

        can I give this statement multiple thumbs up please

  4. irishlad19 - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Nudeman, you said it better than I.
    John Galt, Shembo wasn’t legally cited for anything; his transgression was trying to make out with a young woman who said “No” and he complied, but she was emotionally unstable and subsequently committed suicide. No reason to say otherwise unless you have a Hater agenda.

    • johngaltisspeaking - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      Sorry but there was money paid by notre Dame to the family. Something is fishy

      • papadec - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:24 PM

        And you know that how? And how much?

      • irishlad19 - Jul 25, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        Since I’ve not seen that reported elsewhere I assume you have some documentation to back up that statement?

  5. rocket1988 - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    show yourself to the door and don’t come back. We don’t care about Texas or A$M. And you cant get your facts right. Nowadays these players all have targets on thier backs. We’ve seen Academic All Americans get MIPs at ND. I think we’ve seen the last of Mahone. #11 couldn’t outrun a cab driver. But he did score a rushing TD against the Skunkbears!

  6. johngaltisfelching - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    You mean the BACK door??? Hmmmm???

  7. ajw21 - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    So if we use John’s idea then many players are gone, Bye Winston and many others, MIP and other things are much different then other transgressions such as assault, burglary, etc so John your idea is beyond ridiculous.
    Bern: As a recovering alcoholic how long term are we talking? 1 year, 2 years, and as an recovering alcoholic, it only takes one night of bad decisions to be back where you started.
    I hope Mahone gets his life back and I don’t see him back at ND but best of luck to him.
    Go Irish!

    • johngaltisspeaking - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      yes that is correct if players are arrested for anything they are out.. End of story ! Imagine if they had a law that if you get caught for drinking and driving mandatory 1 year in prison no if and or buts.. I bet the casualty rate of drinking accidents would plummet. But no life isnt as important as big business… aka Lobbyists. At some point the NFL and college athletics are gonna have to grow a pair and do the right thing because the way its going neither will be around in ten years. Get the criminal activity out of sports !

    • bernhtp - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:54 PM

      ajw: The longer sober, the greater chance that the sobriety will stick. I have a family member with addiction issues and it’s a tough one. I know several other people that went from rehab to rehab for years before they developed the combination of resoluteness, tools, support and maturity to finally win their battle.

      I don’t know if the university has an official policy, but did hear of a case where they told the student to reapply after a year.

      I really hope that Mahone takes this extremely seriously. Notre Dame and even a future in football should not be his focus given his far more important fight against addiction.

  8. fnc111 - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Shane Skov is a smart guy who got arrested a couple of years ago. 1-AA football would be the better football division every season if the ncaa bought into Johnny Gall’s garbage plan.

    Youngstown, OH — QB Jameis Winston threw the game winning touchdown pass to Will Mahone as Youngstown State beat Kendall Sanders and Sam Houston State 42-41.

  9. johngaltisspeaking - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Hello Hello anyone out there

  10. irishlad19 - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    We’re trying to ignore you, John

    • papadec - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      It seems the more we ignore him, the more absurd he gets. He really seems invested in getting the “class clown” title.

      • irishlad19 - Jul 25, 2014 at 5:23 PM

        Agreed; more and more he sounds like a young adolescent trying to disrespect his elders.

  11. irishlad19 - Jul 25, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    The above was with reference to Galt’s assertion that ND paid the family of the young lady that was involved with Shembo.

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