The Detroit Lions have been plagued by questions of character in their locker room for years now. The team has tried to clean things up better, and it has to feel better about releasing Ronnell Lewis when it did.
Lewis, 22, who was cut by the Lions last week, was arrested early Monday morning on suspicion of DUI in his home state of Oklahoma. According to the report, Lewis was stopped after a police officer witnessed his truck cross the center line at 1:54 a.m. on Labor Day, and the arresting officer smelled alcohol and saw beer inside the truck.
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This is not Lewis' first run-in with the law. He was arrested on three misdemeanor counts at a bar back in Norman, Okla., where Lewis went to college at the University of Oklahoma. That was the ninth arrest among Lions players, with a few accounting for multiple arrests, in the previous two seasons.
A fourth-round pick in 2012, Lewis played eight games (mostly on special teams) in his rookie season and was cut last week. He was deemed a poor fit in the team's 4-3 defense, although perhaps character concerns played into the decision. Lewis has not signed with another NFL team and remains a free agent.
Lewis' recent legal concerns could slow his job search just a bit.