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Notre Dame WR Will Mahone suspended after arrest

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Notre Dame has suspended junior wide receiver Will Mahone indefinitely after an incident Saturday night that resulted in his arrest on five charges, including three felony charges.

According to documents provided to the Tribune on Monday by police in Mahone’s hometown of Austintown Township, Ohio, a “highly intoxicated” Mahone was head-butting and punching vehicles, head-butted a police officer and had to be subdued with a taser.

Notre Dame announced Monday evening that coach Brian Kelly has suspended Mahone indefinitely from all football-related activities.

Mahone, an injury-plagued reserve who played in two games last season, faces felony charges of assault of a police officer, intimidation of a public servant/party official and vandalism of a government entity, as well as misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and public intoxication.

According to police documents, police were called to a scene where they discovered Mahone head-butting and punching cars and attempting to fight several individuals. The first officer who arrived tried to calm Mahone, but Mahone resisted, the documents said.

Other officers arrived, and while trying to pull away from police, Mahone whipped his head back and connected with an officer’s forehead, the documents said.

The officers stunned Mahone to the ground and placed him in a squad car. Once in the car, Mahone continued to yell at police and began kicking the windows of the car, prompting police to stun him again, according to the documents.

As officers were speaking to witnesses, Mahone began to spit on the windows and seats of the car, so police put a spit net over Mahone’s head, the documents said.

Officers eventually transported Mahone to a hospital to treat a cut on his left eye, while Mahone continued to scream profanities at police and hospital staff, according to the documents.

Mahone has never been able to earn significant playing time at Notre Dame, in part because of a string of injuries. The latest came in March, when he had surgery to repair a fractured right foot.

chine@tribune.com

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