Rees pleads guilty, apologizes for May arrest

Rees pleads guilty, apologizes for May arrest
July 23, 2012, 9:53 pm
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Per multiple reports out of South Bend, Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees has pleaded guilty to resisting law enforcement and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor, both misdemeanors, stemming from an incident in May. Prosecutors dropped charges of misdemeanor battery and a second charge of resisting law enforcement.
The incident occurred May 3, in which Rees attempted to flee police breaking an off-campus party and reportedly kneed an officer trying to chase him down. Reportedly, the then-19-year-old Rees had a BAC over the legal limit.
"I apologize to my family, friends, the Notre Dame community, Fighting Irish fans and the South Bend Police Department for my actions this spring," Rees said in a statement released Monday afternoon. "I made a poor decision and I accept full responsibility.
"I learned a valuable lesson and witnessed first-hand that actions have consequences. This experience will make me a better person and I will focus on being a positive role model and citizen. To those who supported me during this difficult time, I offer my sincerest thanks. To the people I disappointed, I am dedicated to winning back your trust and confidence."
The Chicago Tribune's Brian Hamilton reports Rees' plea agreement entails a 30-day suspended sentence, 50 hours community service and 11 months probation. Additionally, Rees will have to write a letter of apology to the officers involved in the incident, and he'll have to pay a fine for restitution, the amount will be determined at a hearing in August.
Notre Dame has yet to take any disciplinary action regarding Rees, and any further penalties will be levied by Notre Dame's Office of Residence Life or coach Brian Kelly.
How this impacts Rees' standing in Notre Dame's four-player quarterback battle won't be known until preseason practice begins in early August. Rees, a junior and the eldest member of the group, will compete with sophomores Andrew Hendrix and Everett Golson as well as true freshman Gunner Kiel for Notre Dame's No. 1 quarterback job leading up to the team's season opener Sept. 1 in Dublin, Ireland against Navy.
Rees completed 65.5 percent of his passes in 2011, throwing for 2,871 yards and 20 touchdowns. Turnovers plagued Rees -- and the entire Notre Dame offense -- with the then-sophomore quarterback throwing 14 interceptions.