FORT WAYNE – Will Mahone was suspended indefinitely from Notre Dame’s football team Monday after a weekend arrest that left the junior facing three felony and two misdemeanor charges.
Coach Brian Kelly made the announcement after the junior receiver appeared in court in his hometown of Austintown, Ohio.
Mahone, 20, was charged with assault of a police officer, intimidation of a public servant/party official, vandalism of a government entity, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, according to Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department documents. The first three charges are felonies and the last two are misdemeanors.
A court spokeswoman said Mahone entered not guilty pleas on the misdemeanor charges, but the court didn’t accept an initial plea on the felony charges. Judge David D’Apolito set bond for Mahone at $75,000 and scheduled a pretrial hearing for July 11. Mahone remained in the Mahoning County Jail on Monday afternoon.
Mahone’s lawyer, James Gentile, declined to comment to The Associated Press.
Internal discipline is handled privately, in accord with our own policies and federal law, university spokesman Dennis Brown wrote in an email.
According to the Austintown police report, officers went to the 4500 block of Rita Ave about 10:30 p.m. Saturday after two calls reporting a large fight in the area. When officers arrived, there were about 20 people pointing to a driveway on the north side of the road, and an officer was told that the 5-foot-11, 214-pound Mahone was head butting and punching vehicles as well as trying to fight people.
The report said Mahone was highly intoxicated and was being restrained by a male trying to calm him down.
An officer told Mahone to calm down and get on the ground, to which Mahone responded: (Expletive) white boy.
Police said the officer took Mahone to the ground as he continued to resist arrest, the report said. When Mahone was handcuffed and told he was under arrest, he said, (Expletive), you white piece of (expletive). Take these cuffs off and I’ll kill you, I’ll (expletive) kill you.
Mahone began to scream and shout and tried to pull away when police tried to escort him to the patrol car. At one point, Mahone whipped his head back, striking an officer in the forehead, according to the report. Mahone was taken to the ground again, and when he tried to kick the officers, police used a stun gun on him. When Mahone was being taken to the patrol car again, the report said, he shouted, take these cuffs off and I will kill all of you.
When in the car, Mahone kicked the right window about three or four times and had to be stunned again, the report said. Mahone also spit on the windows and seats of the patrol car, while officers were interviewing witnesses, and a spit net was applied over Mahone’s head.
When Mahone was told he was being transported to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital to have a cut on his left eye examined, a cut the report said he had before the officers’ arrival, he responded, Good, get me out of these cuffs and I’ll kill you and all them (expletive) there.
Because of Mahone’s behavior, officers were told to bring him to the Mahoning County Justice Center to be looked at by medical staff. According to the report, Mahone told an officer, Bro when I get out I got a Glock for your ass, referring to a Glock 9 mm hand gun, the report said.
After the justice center’s medical staff attended to him, Mahone was taken to St. Elizabeth’s for observation. Mahone continued to scream profanities at officers and hospital staff before being taken back to the justice center for incarceration, according to the report.
Mahone, who moved from running back to slot receiver in the spring, has been limited at Notre Dame because of injuries. A high ankle sprain last season pushed him down the running back depth chart. His only appearances were in games against Purdue and Michigan State after he didn’t play as a freshman.
Mahone had surgery to repair a fractured right foot in March and was limited in spring practice. Kelly told reporters last week that Mahone had begun participating in summer workouts.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.