Tommy Rees pleaded not guilty earlier today in a court appearance from the May 3rd incident. Rees and his attorney did not speak to reporters after.
Rees, who will turn 20 next week, is charged with one count of battery, two counts of resisting law enforcement and one count of illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor.
South Bend police say Rees kneed a police officer in the chest after he ran from the party early May 3 after officers arrived. Ckearly, the charges could have been a lot worse.
Rees, free on $250 bond, is going back to court on July 17.
Linebacker Carlo Calabrese did not appear Thursday. Assistant prosecutor Andrew White spoke saying sometimes defendants are allowed to have their attorneys appear in their place. He said he did not know why Calabrese didn’t appear, but they will move on from it.
Calabrese didn’t enter a plea, and will be back to court on June 17th.
Brian Hardin, Notre Dame’s director of football media relations, said football coach Brian Kelly has no comment on Thursday’s court appearance. Kelly said he would withhold judgment until he could collect all the facts.