The college football world started noticing Ka'Deem Carey for the first time in early November when he bulldozed over a REALLY bad Colorado defense to set University of Arizona and Pac-12 conference single-game rushing records, en route to leading the nation in rushing and getting some early buzz for the 2013 season's Heisman race.
And with that increased spotlight, of course, comes additional scrutiny into each and every piece of one's existence, whether it involves a helmet and cleats or not.
Carey is finding this out the past week as all of Tucson is becoming aware of what appears to be a bad breakup with a 23-year-old woman that, according to police reports and court records, is carrying his child and has gotten an order of protection against the 20-year-old Canyon del Oro High School graduate.
The sophomore running back is expected to appear in Tucson City Court later this week on some form of domestic violence charges stemming from a Dec. 23 incident at a home northeast of the UA campus.
Police reports indicate Carey got into a tussle with the ex-girlfriend that evening, allegedly over his desire to bum a lighter so he could smoke something that's probably not NCAA-sanctioned. The situation got physical, and when police arrived Carey was gone, but he later returned and had marks on him (as did the woman) indicating something happened between them.
UA athletic officials are keeping quiet on the situation, not surprisingly, letting it run its course through the courts before commenting or taking any action.