Former Notre Dame QB Drunk And In Cuffs? No!

Another day, another former Notre Dame quarterback arrested for drunkenly brawling with police at a Triple-A baseball game. I don’t know how you spent your Saturday, but Blair Kiel spent his at an Indianapolis Indians game. Hilarity ensued.

Blair Kiel

It was a relaxing evening, except for the part where he got drunk, wrestled with his girlfriend, fought a security guard and took several swings at police before being arrested.

Kiel was the starting quarterback for four seasons for the Fighting Irish in the early 1980s, only one of seven true freshmen to do so. He then played sparingly in the NFL for the Buccaneers and Colts. He’s now a real estate consultant in the Indianapolis area (PDF).


The 47-year-old Kiel, of Fishers, faces preliminary charges of domestic battery, public intoxication and resisting law enforcement in the incident at an Indianapolis Indians game late Saturday. A report from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said the incident began with reports that Christy Rundle, 40, Noblesville, was in a restroom at the ballpark, crying and afraid to come out. Police found Kiel standing outside the restroom waiting for her and her child.

Police said witnesses reported that Kiel had grabbed the woman’s arm and he appeared intoxicated, smelling of alcoholic beverages, and with bloodshot and glassy eyes.

Police said Kiel shoved an off-duty Indianapolis police officer who was working security at the game and told Kiel again to leave the park. Police said Kiel then fought with police, hitting an officer several times until police and stadium security could get him handcuffed.

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Fun fact: The Indianapolis Indians feature outfielder Jose Tabata, whose wife, Amalia — who is 23 years his senior — was arrested for abducting a baby this past March.