New details are beginning to surface about the "team policies" Maryland offensive lineman Justin Lewis broke that led to his dismissal from the team earlier this week. Lewis turned himself in to authorities Tuesday in response to a second-degree assault charge levied against him by a manager at a bar in College Park.
According to Alain Parcain, the manager at RJ Bentley's, Lewis punched him in the face for "looking at his girl."
In a statement of charges filed with the District Court in Prince George's County, Parcain said he "was assaulted by the defendant, leading to facial trauma, emergency room and dental work. Defendant told witnesses I was 'looking at his girl.'
Parcain said in the statement that he was not working at the time of the incident, which he said occurred at about 2:30 in the morning on June 26.
Parcain stated: "I did not know the defendant. He came up to me inside the bar, made his accusation and struck me in the face with his fist. This led to two teeth being knocked loose and several lacerations inside my mouth. I required a root canal to repair the tooth."
Parcain also wrote: "I was not looking at other females at the time. Football teammates pointed out that the defendant's 'girl' was not even at the bar..."
Lewis, who was a redshirt junior, started 12 of 13 games last season, but missed spring football because of offseason knee surgery. Lewis was supposed to be a key component at right guard for an offensive line that was returning everyone except center Paul Pinegar.
Maryland has seen its share of defections and dismissals since coach Randy Edsall took over the program. The Terps opened the 2010 season with 37 scholarship sophomores and juniors, but just 24 remain as the 2011 season approaches.
- Justin Lewis