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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Police Blotter

Notre Dame WR Javon McKinley arrested for resisting law enforcement

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Notre Dame wide receiver Javon McKinley was arrested early Sunday morning for some sort of incident in which he allegedly resisted law enforcement.

According to public records obtained by IrishSportsDaily.com, McKinley was charged with resisting law enforcement and battery. Details surrounding the incident are unclear, but the resisting law enforcement charge is defined as a person who “knowingly or intentionally flees from a law enforcement officer after the officer has, by visible or audible means, including operation of the law enforcement officer’s siren or emergency lights, identified himself or herself and ordered the person to stop.”

A spokesperson from Notre Dame said the school is aware of the situation and waiting for the legal process to play out.

“The incident is being handled by the criminal justice system. As for internal discipline, we do not publicly discuss specific cases, and impose sanctions as warranted.”

McKinley, a junior, has played sparingly since suffering a broken leg during his freshman season in 2016. He appeared in just three games for the Irish in 2018.

Louisiana-Monroe player, girlfriend arrested for domestic abuse

A Louisiana-Monroe football player and his girlfriend were arrested on domestic abuse charges following an altercation early Sunday morning.

Adam Hunsucker of the Monroe News Star reports that Kerry Starks, a defensive end who played in 20 total games between his freshman and sophomore seasons, is accused of grabbing 26-year-old Abriona Kirt by the throat with both hands and attempting to drag her out of a nightclub in Monroe. He also punched out the rear windshield of her car, causing an estimated $400 in damage.

Kirt was also arrested after police say she pepper sprayed Starks in the back of the head after he had been placed in handcuffs. The report states that both Starks and Kirt appeared to be intoxicated. The couple has been together for more than a year and has a 15-month-old son together.

Starks was arrested for domestic abuse battery and simple criminal damage to property and Kirt faces one charge of domestic abuse battery. A spokesperson for ULM said the school is “aware of the serious nature of the charges and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.”

Starks recorded four sacks and 10 tackles for loss this past season for the Warhawks.

Saints’ David Onyemata issued citation for illegal marijuana possession

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New Orleans Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata has been issued a citation for illegal marijuana possession after a search warrant was served on his Elmwood apartment in late January.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that a Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigator received tip “that a quantity of marijuana products” would be in an apartment located at the 5300 block of Citrus Boulevard, which turned out to be Onyemata’s home.

Police considered the tip credible, so a search warrant was issued and served via raid on January 29. During the search, police located marijuana, cannabis oil, marijuana edibles and hemp powder, which they determined was for personal use, but is still against Louisiana law.

Onyemata, a fourth-round pick of the Saints in the 2016 NFL Draft, appeared in 16 games last season, recording 35 tackles, 4.5 sacks and one forced fumble. He is entering the final year of his rookie deal in 2019.

While the league does have a drug policy, they have been a bit looser in terms of discipline when it comes to marijuana. A positive test still nets a four-game suspension, but possession may be deemed a lesser issue.

Neither the Saints nor the NFL have released a statement on the raid or Onyemata’s citation.

Vince Young reportedly arrested for DWI in Texas

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Vince Young was arrested in Texas on Monday for alleged drunk driving, marking the second time in three years he’s been arrested for DWI.

Police say Young’s vehicle was in a left turn lane with the hazards on when he was approached to be helped.

“The deputy noticed slurred speech and a strong smell of alcoholic beverage,” the Fort Bend County sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Young apparently failed every field sobriety test.

Young was also arrested in Jan. 2016 for driving while intoxicated and pleaded no contest. The former Longhorns star quarterback was the No. 3 overall draft pick by the Titans in 2006. He has not played in the NFL since 2011.

Adrien Broner wanted again for failing to appear in court

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Adrien Broner’s legal woes continue to mount as he simply can’t bring himself to show up for his scheduled court dates.

A judge in Broward County, Florida issued another warrant for Broner’s arrest on Wednesday, according to TMZ, as the boxer failed to show for a court date stemming from a speeding incident in Dec. 2017.

This is the third time Broner has failed to report to court stemming from that incident. He was spotted at a Lakers game in Los Angeles on Wednesday night instead.

Broner was accused of speeding while driving without a license, registration, or proof of insurance. He most recently failed to appear in court at the end of December. He’s had other legal problems as well, and has lost decisively in a boxing match to Manny Pacquiao since that last arrest.

Sergey Kovalev accused of punching woman, charged with felony assault

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Sergey Kovalev has a big fight upcoming against Eleider Alvarez on Feb. 2, but the former light heavyweight champion is dealing with some serious legal trouble in the meantime.

Kovalev has been charged with felony assault in Big Bear, Calif., after he was accused of punching a woman in the face back in June. TMZ reports that the woman told police she rejected Kovalev’s advances at a party, and the boxer and a friend followed her back to her cabin later that night and attacked her. She reportedly suffered a broken nose, concussion and displaced disk in her neck.

Kovalev was arrested a short time after the incident and charged with assault by means of force likely to cause great bodily injury. He pleaded not guilty and is due back in court in March, which would be after his fight against Alvarez.

The Feb. 2 fight between Kovalev and Alvarez will be a rematch of their bout back in August, when Kovalev was surprisingly knocked out and lost his title belt.

Ex-NFL player beats up man who allegedly peeped in daughter’s window

Former NFL defensive back Tony Beckham was involved in an incident on Monday morning that resulted in a man being treated for a broken face and then arrested.

According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office probable cause affidavit obtained by ABC Local 10 News, 48-year-old Geoffrey Cassidy was arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious exhibition after Beckham says he caught the man masturbating while looking through Beckham’s 15-year-old daughter’s window. Beckham beat Cassidy up before police arrived and arrested the alleged peeper.

Beckham said he caught Cassidy crouched outside the girl’s bedroom window with his hand in his pants, and Cassidy ran away after Beckham yelled at him. Beckham then chased him down and tackled him to the ground, and a neighbor who heard the commotion called 911. Beckham’s daughter said she had just gotten out of the shower and was getting dressed when Cassidy was looking through her window.

Cassidy was treated for fractures in his face at a local hospital. He denied looking through the window of the home and said he was only in the neighborhood because his car overheated. He was being held on $1,500 bond as of Wednesday and could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Beckham was drafted in the fourth round by the Tennessee Titans back in 2002. He spent four seasons with the Titans and one with the Detroit Lions.