Notre Dame WR Javon McKinley suspended indefinitely from all football-related activities
SOUTH BEND — Unless Notre Dame wide receiver Javon McKinley’s next court hearing regarding his Feb. 10 arrest is moved up from its scheduled date of April 15, which is highly unlikely, the senior-to-be will miss the entirety of spring practice — at the very least.
Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly confirmed on Friday that McKinley has been suspended indefinitely from all football activities since the two met shortly after the arrest and will continue to be suspended until the case runs its course in both the legal system and through the university’s Office of Community Standards.
The 20-year-old senior-to-be from Corona, Calif., is charged with two Class A misdemeanor counts of battery resulting in bodily injury and one Class C misdemeanor count of illegal consumption of alcohol after reportedly punching two Notre Dame police officers.
His first court appearance was Thursday in St. Joseph County Traffic and Misdemeanor Court, at which time the April 15 court date was set by the judge. The Irish conclude spring practice two days earlier, with the April 13 Blue-Gold Game at Notre Dame Stadium.
McKinley, as the No. 59 player overall per Rivals.com (and No. 11 receiver) in the 2016 recruiting cycle, is the highest-ranked wide receiver recruit of the Brian Kelly Era.
That has not translated into significant playing time, though injuries have played a part in that.
In his first three seasons at ND, including a sophomore year in which he redshirted (2017), McKinley has seen action in 10 games and is looking for his first career reception.
Missing spring puts him further behind younger receivers vying for spots in ND’s wide receiver rotation.