Senior cornerback Devin Butler was arrested early Saturday morning outside the Linebacker Lounge and potentially faces two felony counts – resisting law enforcement and battery to a police officer – that could end his Notre Dame career.
In a statement, Notre Dame Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications Paul Browne said, "Any student arrested on a felony charge also faces dismissal from the university. The university will determine if additional sanctions should apply to any or all of the students charged."
On Saturday afternoon court documents were released stating that Butler had not yet been formally charged with either Level 6 felony charge and that the state requested until Wednesday at the latest to determine if formal charges would be filed. Court documents also paint a picture of the incident's origins outside the Linebacker Lounge.
The state alleges Butler shoved a woman outside the bar in an attempt to break up a fight between the woman and another female. Officers ordered Butler to stay away from the conflict after intervening. Instead, Butler began cursing at the officers, who then chose to physically detain Butler, who then began to physically struggle with the cops, knocking one to the ground. The state alleges Butler struck one of the officers multiple times and continued to swear at them. Butler was eventually tasered before being arrested and taken to St. Joseph County Jail.
Butler had bonded out of jail by Saturday afternoon.
The Observer, Notre Dame’s student newspaper, was the first to report the incident.
Butler, from Washington, D.C., did not participate with the football team during the first two weeks of pre-season drills after breaking his foot this summer. It was the same foot he broke during preparation for the Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State.
Butler has played 37 games for the Irish, starting three. He totaled 39 tackles and eight passes defensed in his first three years in the program.