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Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024
The Observer

Irish wide receiver Javon McKinley charged with battery

Notre Dame junior wide receiver Javon McKinley was charged with three misdemeanors, including two counts of battery, due to reportedly punching two Notre Dame Security Police officers this weekend, Irish Sports Daily reported.

McKinley, a 20-year-old from Corona, California, was arrested early Sunday by campus police. The 6-foot-2, 219-pound wideout was returning to campus in an Uber when the driver reported McKinley was unresponsive in the back of the vehicle. Notre Dame personnel soon arrived on the scene and attempted to wake him up and get him into his dorm. Officer Adis Ibrekic and Lieutenant Laurie Steffen eventually were able to rouse McKinley and began to help him inside, but McKinley reportedly tensed up, became uncooperative and started to use physical force, eventually going so far as to punch both officers. McKinley was eventually restrained and taken to the St. Joseph County Jail.

Javon McKinley chases down a punt against Ball State in Notre Dame Stadium this fall.
Javon McKinley chases down a punt against Ball State in Notre Dame Stadium this fall.

On Monday, McKinley was charged with two class-A misdemeanor counts of battery resulting in bodily injury and one class-C misdemeanor count of illegal consumption of alcohol. McKinley was released from jail Monday and has a court date scheduled for Feb. 28.

After playing in six games his freshman year, McKinley missed the entire 2017 season with an injury before seeing the field for four games during the 2018 campaign. The Centennial High School product arrived to campus as the No. 59-ranked player in the nation and No. 11-ranked wide receiver according to