Tommy Rees, the quarterback for the University of Notre Dame pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges that stem from an incident following a party off campus. Police reportedly had to use pepper spray to calm the quarterback down.
Rees will be 20 next week and was charged with one count of illegally consuming alcohol as a minor, two counts of resisting arrest and one count of battery. Police in South Bend Indiana said Rees kneed one of their officers in the chest when he ran from the party and was caught by police in the early morning hours of May 3.
His appearance in court was brief. He sat in the front row for a number of minutes before he was summoned by his attorney to appear in front of Judge Brian Steinke. Rees was speechless the entire time. He met with his attorney George Horn briefly in a room adjacent to the court and then the two left without speaking to anyone.
Rees is free on bond of $250 and must return to court in July. Carlo Calabrese, a Fighting Irish linebacker did not make an appearance in court before the judge as was scheduled on Monday. An assistant prosecutor said that at times, the courts allow defendant’s attorneys to appear for them in court. He said he was not aware why Calabrese would not appear in court.
Rees is from Illinois and one of four players vying for the starting quarterback job for the Fighting Irish. Last season he started 12 of the teams 13 games and the Irish finished the season with an 8-5 record. Calabrese is from New Jersey and last season was a back up at linebacker who played in all that team’s games after being a starter in 2010 as a sophomore.