The Tucson city prosecutor's office announced today it was dropping domestic violence charges against University of Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey. With less than a month before Carey was set to go to trial, the move seems incredibly curious.
The press release provided by the city, explaining why the charges were dropped, only made things appear a bit murkier. The release said a key witness was “unavailable” and that, even if they were available, “there is no substantial likelihood that a judge would convict Mr. Carey.”
Translation: without someone actually saying Ka'Deem did what he's being charged with, how are we to expect to win?
The release said no re-filing of the charges will happen, though that didn't stop Greene from still getting in a veiled dig in against Carey, noting that “on occasion, there is simply not enough evidence to proceed to trial against the accused despite the best efforts of the police and the prosecution.”
For those not familiar with Carey's case, in December he was accused of shoving his ex-girlfriend to the ground and later slamming her hand in a door during an altercation at her house. The two supposedly had an argument over a lighter that Carey allegedly wanted to use to smoke an illegal substance, though Farhang said Carey has never failed a drug test administered by UA athletic officials.
A few weeks later Carey, a junior-to-be from Canyon del Oro High School who led the nation in rushing in 2012 and was expected to be a Heisman Trophy candidate this fall, got into further hot water when he apparently pulled the 'don't you know who I am card' on a McKale Center employee who approached him during a UA basketball game because he was sitting on the back of a seat and was in the arena without a ticket.
With the criminal charges behind him, hopefully Carey can focus on keeping his NFL draft stock still stays strong. He's currently considered the top running back available in the 2014 draft if he were to go pro after this season, and with the UA breaking in a new starting quarterback he's expected to remain a primary focus in the Wildcats' offense.
He'll also probably be kept at arms length from the mainstream media for the foreseeable future, starting with the Pac-12 Conference's Media Day next month. UA currently is scheduled to bring wide receiver Terrence Miller and linebacker Jake Fischer to the event, along with head coach Rich Rodriguez.