Notre Dame WR Javon McKinley could get charges dismissed

South Bend Tribune Report
ND Insider

SOUTH BEND — Criminal charges against Notre Dame wide receiver Javon McKinley may be dismissed under an agreement filed in court Monday.

Under the pretrial diversion agreement, St. Joseph County prosecutors would dismiss the case after a year if McKinley completes the terms of the plan. He was charged in February with illegal consumption of alcohol and two counts of battery, all misdemeanors, after he allegedly hit campus police officers who were trying to help him to his dorm.

The conditions for McKinley include 40 hours of community service, a substance and alcohol abuse evaluation and possible treatment, paying court fees and not committing any crimes for the one-year period. The agreement noted he was eligible for pretrial diversion because he sought out and apologized to the police officers.

According to court documents, the officers were trying to help McKinley to his dorm on the morning of Feb. 10 because he had been drinking and was unresponsive in the back of a vehicle from the Uber ridesharing service.

The 6-foot-2, 219-pound senior from Corona, Calif., has played in 10 games during three seasons with the Irish. He had one catch for 13 yards in Saturday’s Blue-Gold spring game.

McKinley was granted conditional reinstatement to the team after his arrest, but his future at Notre Dame is uncertain. Coach Brian Kelly said Saturday the team will “re-evaluate his status” after the spring.

McKinley’s agreement with prosecutors also required him to give up his right to have a trial within one year, and the case would be brought up for prosecution again if he fails to complete the terms.