Max Redfield is pissing away a promising future by continuing to use illegal drugs. It’s time for some tough love – a mentor who will focus the 21-year-old on what is truly important and what is not.
A Fulton County judge today rejected a plea agreement made on Redfield’s behalf after the prosecution revealed the former Irish safety had failed a drug screening. Redfield had pleaded guilty Nov. 10 to misdemeanor gun and marijuana possession charges.
Redfield will be re-sentenced in January. It’s unclear, at this point, whether he’ll be subject to additional screenings or enhanced penalties for failing this test.
Redfield marks his 8,000th day on this earth today but is sadly best remembered at this point for what happened during his last 120 days. Redfield and four teammates – Te’von Coney, Kevin Stepherson and Ashton White, Dexter Williams – were stopped by police Aug. 22 for a broken taillight and speeding. During a subsequent search, police found Redfield’s handgun and a stash of marijuana.
Redfield was 12 credits from graduating from the University of Notre Dame in just 3 1/2 years with a philosophy degree and minors in both business economics and Mandarin Chinese. Redfield, who was sent home from the Fiesta Bowl for repeated curfew violations, was dismissed immediately from the football team. He was later separated from the university.
Clearly, the former five-star prep All-American does not have an influential person in his life that can convince him that his use of drugs has robbed him of everything he’s worked so hard to achieve: a Notre Dame degree, a college football career and a possible NFL future. I don’t know who is out there that Max trusts. But Max needs a family member, someone from his hometown of Mission Viejo or from the Mendoza College of Business or from the university to start riding his butt. He needs some tough love to refocus his energy and regain his priorities.
He’s already squandered his football career. Hopefully, someone will get through to him before a promising career goes up in smoke.