Arizona Wildcats All-America running back Ka'Deem Carey was ejected from Thursday's UA-UCLA basketball game at McKale Center following an argument with a police officer, according to a UA Police Department report obtained by the Star.
It's the third off-field incident for Carey, 20, in the last five weeks. The Canyon del Oro High School graduate was cited for driving with expired registration and failure to produce insurance Jan. 22 in Casa Grande.
In December, Tucson police said Carey was involved in an alleged domestic violence incident with his pregnant ex-girlfriend and was later charged with misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct. He pleaded not guilty and faces a Feb. 28 pretrial date at Tucson City Court.
Carey's latest incident happened Thursday when he attended the nationally televised basketball game with his cousin.
According to the UA Police Department report, event staff asked both men to leave the Zona Zoo student section four times because they were double-seated and sitting on the backs of chairs, reports stated.
When they didn't move, a UAPD officer was called. Carey told the officer that he and his cousin were sitting there because they couldn't find their seats, according to the report.
When the officer asked both for their tickets, Carey responded with an expletive and said, "Don't you know who I am? I am an All- American," the report stated.
The officer then 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 did not actually 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 arena.
Reached Tuesday, 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.