TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizona junior running back Ka’Deem Carey is out for Friday night’s season opener against Northern Arizona “per team policy.” School officials made the announcement about 70 minutes before the game.
The suspension did not come as a major surprise, as Carey, a consensus All-American and the nation’s leading rusher last season, was involved in multiple off-the-field incidents over the offseason.
First, he was charged with misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct stemming from late December incident with his pregnant ex-girlfriend (charges were dropped this summer). A couple of months later, he was dismissed from an Arizona men’s basketball game in a seat dispute, first arguing with a McKale Center personnel before playing the “do you know who I am” card while being escorted out.
Still, Arizona had not announced before Friday whether there would be any discipline for Carey, who set school records with 1,929 rushing yards and 23 rushing touchdowns last season.