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Notre Dame Football: New Criminal Charges Against Kevin Stepherson

Stepherson, who is on probation, is charged again with marijuana possession during a Thursday traffic stop.

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Kevin Stepherson was charged Thursday in Marshall County for possession of marijuana, speeding and driving without a license, WNDU reported first today.

These charges are separate from Stepherson’s arrest Friday for allegedly shoplifting in the University Park Mall, which WNDU reported first on Tuesday.

Citing court documents, WNDU says the Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver was allegedly driving 80 miles per hour in a 60 mile per hour speed zone.

Stepherson and freshman running back C.J. Holmes were suspended indefinitely after being arrested on the shoplifting charge.

This is Stepherson’s third known brush with the law since coming to Notre Dame. He was arrested along with four teammates — Max Redfield, Tevon Coney, Dexter Williams and Ashton White — during an August 2016 traffic stop. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession marijuana and is currently on probation.

Stepherson also sat out the first four games of this season for an undisclosed matter that was handled internally.

It’s terribly sad. A young man is given the gift of a free education and a chance to pursue what I can only guess is his dream to play someday in the NFL. If these new charges prove accurate, marijuana is clearly this teenager’s undoing.

I cannot see any way in which Stepherson remains with the program, unless these charges are unfounded.

We wish Kevin the best of luck in the next chapter of his life, which I have a sinking feeling will not be in South Bend, Ind.