The Detroit Lions' off-field issues continue as second-year defensive end Ronnell Lewis was arrested on three misdemeanor charges following an altercation outside a bar early Saturday morning in Norman, Oklahoma, reports Jake Trotter of ESPN Sooner Nation.
According to Anwar Richardson of MLive.com, the police report alleges that Lewis "punched a guy in the face" in front of police and needed to be tased...twice. Lewis has been charged with disturbing the peace, public intoxication and interfering with official procedure.
"We are aware of the incident involving Ronnell Lewis. We are in the process of gathering more information and have no further comment at this time," the Lions announced in a statement, per Richardson.
Lewis played his college ball at the University of Oklahoma and was selected in the fourth-round of the 2012 NFL draft. As the No. 125 overall pick in the draft, Lewis signed a four-year contract worth $2.497 million, including a $397,088 signing bonus. The 6-foot-2, 253-pound Lewis played in just eight games as a rookie, recording two tackles on special teams, his primary role during his rookie season.
According to official playing-time documents, Lewis played just one snap on defense for the Lions during the 2012 season. With the Lions releasing Kyle Vanden Bosch for salary cap purposes, and allowing Cliff Avril to depart via free agency, Lewis is currently one of only three defensive ends on the Lions' roster, which might make it difficult for the organization to send a message that their rash of arrests will no longer be tolerated.
At the 2013 scouting combine, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew implied that further off-field issues will have consequences.
“We’ve addressed that. I think that’s been thoroughly addressed in the locker room, with individual players," Mayhew said when asked if the players received a special message after last offseason's arrests. "I’ve sat down with individual players. Obviously a lot of the guys that you’re talking about aren’t with us anymore and that’s kind of what the message is, I guess."
The message doesn't appear to be getting through.
Last month, safety Amari Spievey was arrested in Middletown, Connecticut following a dispute with his live-in girlfriend. Spievey was charged with class C felony third-degree assault, class A misdemeanor risk of injury to a child and class C misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
Several Lions were arrested during the 2012 offseason, including 2011 first-round defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who was arrested for marijuana possession in April and received a DUI in in May. 2011 second-round running back Mikel Leshoure, who received a two-game suspension for his pair of marijuana-related arrests. 2011 seventh-round offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath got the ball rolling with a marijuana-related arrest last January and was released before training camp.
The Lions also dealt with Aaron Berry, who was arrested for assault and then a DUI during a three-day span in July. The Lions released Berry, who is currently with the New York Jets. Detroit also made an example of Titus Young, a 2011 second-round pick who punched teammate Louis Delmas in the face during the offseason workout program and was suspended for disciplinary reasons after intentionally lining up offsides during a loss to the Green Bay Packers. The Lions waived Young this offseason and, after a brief stint with the St. Louis Rams, he remains a free agent.