It’s been a breakout year for sophomore running back Ka’Deem Carey of the Arizona Wildcats. He fueled the Cats’ offense in Rich Rodriguez‘s first year in Tucson by leading the nation in rushing, averaging 148.38 yards per game in 2012 and becoming one of the best running backs in the country. However, Carey’s year didn’t close out on a positive note and he’ll have to spend some time in a courtroom following some kind of incident, though details are still sparse and vague.
According to reports, Carey had a protection order issued against him following an incident before Christmas. The order was issued to the Arizona running back after allegedly being involved in an incident on Dec. 23, though he was not arrested at any point for this or any other incident.
Then, according to the Tucson Citizen, Carey filed a harassment injunction of his known the same day against Dana Rambow, who is the mother of Carey’s former girlfriend, Missy Rambow. He also filed an order of protection against Missy Rambow, though it’s unclear which filings happened first.
The football program and the school are aware of the happenings with Carey and issued statements on the matter. From Rich Rodriguez:
“I’ve spoken with Ka’Deem and am aware of the case. We take these matters very seriously and will support the authorities however we can. Once more specific information is available, we will act accordingly.”
And from athletic director Greg Byrne:
The university and department of athletics are fully aware of the situation. This is now a matter for the local authorities and we will fully cooperate and assist them as needed. At this point we will have no further comment.”
At face value, it appears to be a case of he-said, she-said conflict that has escalated into involvement by police and courts. Whether or not this will lead to any serious charges or just a flurry of court filings because of emotions remains to be seen. More details should come available this week as the two parties start their court proceedings.
Either way, it’s an unfortunate way for Carey’s breakout 2012 season to end. Hopefully, all parties will find resolution to this issue quickly and life can get back to normal for everyone involved.