Running back has been a devalued position for some organizations based on changes in the game. But that was not the reason Ka’Deem Carey fell to the Bears in the fourth round of the 2014 draft.
And it wasn’t lack of production. Carey had finished 10th in voting for last year’s Heisman Trophy, was the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2013 and had more than 2,000 all-purpose yards in each of his last two seasons at Arizona. But what he did on the field was not the problem.
Carey was charged with disorderly conduct and misdemeanor assault in a December 2012 incident in which his pregnant girlfriend alleged that he pushed her and slammed her fingers in a door, according to a report in the Arizona Daily Star. She had him served with a protection order, which contained a statement that Carey had been searching for a lighter with which to smoke an illegal substance.
The no-contact order dropped in April 2013, and the assault and disorderly conduct charges were dropped in June 2013.
The Arizona Daily Wildcat reported that Carey was escorted out of the building by event staff and police at an Arizona-UCLA basketball game in January.
“Off the field, that’s something I can’t control, but it’s something I can learn from and improve and grow as a young man,” Carey said. “It could definitely hurt me (in the draft). Who knows? I wasn’t in the GM’s office to see what they were going through, but I’m just happy I landed where I’m at and it happened for a reason and I’m just blessed to be a Bear.”
Carey was pressed on what about his off-field behavior he “can’t control.”
“I mean, because it’s in the past,” he said. “It’s something you just have to learn from and go through it. You don’t go through it, you won’t learn from the experience, and allowing me to come in and grow as a young man and put it behind you and don’t make the same mistakes. I feel like we’ll be OK. I’m given a second chance with the Chicago Bears, and I’m excited.”