UA running back Ka'Deem Carey faces domestic violence charges

Ka'Deem Carey

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Running back Ka'Deem Carey #25 of the Arizona Wildcats rushes the football against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the college football game at Arizona Stadium on Nov. 23, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz.


by Jennifer Thomas

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 8 at 11:41 AM

TUCSON, Ariz. -- University of Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey is facing domestic violence charges.   

Carey had an order of protection issued against him for a Dec. 23 incident.

According to Tucson police, Carey was trying to get into his pregnant ex-girlfriend's house to get a lighter to smoke drugs. She wouldn't let him inside so he allegedly pushed the woman down and then slammed the door on her hand.

In response, Carey tried to get a restraining order against the 23-year-old ex-girlfriend and her mother, but that request was denied.

Carey will be officially charged in court at a hearing this week.

His head coach, Rich Rodriguez, issued a statement saying, "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."

Arizona Athletic Director Greg Byrne issued the following statement: "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."

Carey was the rushing leader this season.