Arizona Wildcats All-American running back Ka’Deem Carey was ejected from Thursday’s UA-UCLA basketball game at McKale Center following a verbal argument with a police officer, according to a UA Police Department report obtained by the Star.
It’s the third legal incident for Carey, who led the nation in rushing this past season and was named a first-team All-American., in a span of five weeks.
Carey was also cited for driving with expired registration and failure to produce insurance on Jan. 22 in Casa Grande.
In December, Carey, a Canyon del Oro High School graduate, was involved in a domestic violence incident with his pregnant ex-girlfriend and was later charged with misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct. He faces a Feb. 28 pretrial date at Tucson City Court.
According to a UA PD report, Carey’s latest incident happened Thursday when he attended the Wildcats basketball game with his cousin. According to the report, event staff asked both men to leave the ZonaZoo seating area four times because they were double-seated and sitting on the backs of chairs, reports stated.
A UAPD officer then asked Carey and his cousin to move, and asked the men what the problem was, reports stated.
Carey told the officer that they were sitting there because they couldn’t find their seats, according to the report. The officer then asked both for their tickets and, according to the police report, Carey responded, “Don’t you know who I am? I am an All American.”
The officer asked the men to go outside the arena and talk further about the incident, according to the police report. When they got outside, Carey told him he actually did not have a ticket to the game.
Carey then got close to the officer, who asked him to “back off,” according to the UAPD report. When Carey failed to do so, the officer told him in a louder voice and Carey then took several steps back.
After a wants/warrants check came back negative on Carey and his cousin, the officer returned their identifications and told them they would have to leave the game, according to the police report.
Both apologized and left the area.
Reached today, UAPD spokesman Juan Alvarez declined comment and referred inquires to the Dean of Students office, where a code of conduct report was completed on Carey.