Carlo Calabrese, a former Verona High School football player who is now a linebacker for Notre Dame, has been charged with one count of misdemeanor intimidation as the result of an off-campus incident in early May. Calabrese was initially arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct. Intimidation is a Class A misdemeanor under Indiana law and carries a maximum penalty of up to 1 year in jail.
The May 3 incident at an off-campus party also involved Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees, who faces four misdemeanor charges. According to court documents obtained by the Chicago Tribune, Calabrese exchanged words with Sgt. Dorian Finley, a South Bend officer who was among those who responded to break up the party:
“Prosecutors said Calabrese asked Finley ‘if he knew a particular officer,’ then ‘stated that he knows people,’ then ‘asked if Officer Finley was a Notre Dame football fan.’
The charging documents state Finley responded that it was ‘irrelevant,’ to which Calabrese allegedly responded ‘that it was relevant and that Officer Finley did not like Notre Dame football by how he (Finley) was acting toward him and his teammates.’
Once Rees was taken away by police, prosecutors said, Calabrese told Finley ‘My people will get you.’ Prosecutors said Finley asked Calabrese if he was threatening him, to which Calabrese allegedly repeated ‘My people will get you.’
Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly expressed concern over the incident after it happened. A spokesman for the athletic department says the university does not disclose whether it is conducting disciplinary hearings or what the outcome of those hearings is.