A wide receiver at the University of Notre Dame was arrested after punching two campus police officers who tried to help him get back to his dorm after he was found unresponsive in an Uber ride, police said.
Javon McKinley, 20, was arrested early Sunday after punching two campus police officers — including a female lieutenant — in a “rude, insolent or angry manner” as they tried to assist him back to his room after he passed out in the back seat of the vehicle just before 4 a.m., according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by the Indianapolis Star.
After a “series of [sternum] rubs to regain consciousness,” McKinley started walking back to his dorm before he stopped and changed directions, walking away from the building. The cops then became concerned that the 6-2, 215-pound wideout, who was unsteady on his feet and had alcohol on his breath, was “trying to wander off onto campus in his condition,” according to the affidavit.
McKinley then punched both officers as they tried to restrain him. He was ultimately taken into custody with assistance from Notre Dame firefighters and remained in the St. Joseph County Jail until Monday. He was released on $250 bond after being charged with three misdemeanors, including two counts of battery and illegal consumption of alcohol, the newspaper reports.
After arriving at Notre Dame as “one of the most prolific wide receivers in the nation,” according to his team bio, McKinley played in six games as a freshman. He then missed the entire 2017 season after breaking his fibula during practice. In 2018, he played in four games but didn’t have any catches.
“The incident is being handled by the criminal justice system,” Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown told the Indianapolis Star. “As for internal discipline, we do not publicly discuss specific cases and impose sanctions as warranted.”
Gregg Doyel, a sports columnist for the Indianapolis Star, tweeted late Monday that he’d be “stunned” if McKinley plays another down for the Irish, citing the “ugly details” of McKinley’s arrest.
McKinley, a junior originally from Corona, California, is expected back in court Tuesday to be arraigned, WSBT reports.