It hasn’t been a great stretch for the Dallas Cowboys in terms of their players staying out of headlines for non-football matters.
Earlier this week, there was the matter of running back Ezekiel Elliott, who was allegedly involved in a nightclub altercation, though Elliott won’t be facing legal trouble over it after police have been unable to find the victim and witnesses aren’t talking. Earlier this month, linebacker Damien Wilson was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, and in May, defensive back Nolan Carroll was arrested for DWI after the “Welcome to Dallas” party thrown in his honor.
Next week, Cowboys rookie Jourdan Lewis, a third-round pick out of Michigan, will stand trial for one count of misdemeanor domestic violence stemming from a March arrest near the school’s Ann Arbor campus.
Lewis allegedly grabbed a woman, who was then his girlfriend, by the neck after a late-night altercation and held her down on the floor for roughly three seconds and then left the apartment they shared.
Lewis denies making any contact with the woman as he tried to leave. Police said they saw no visible injuries on the woman when they arrived.
After a pre-trial hearing on Thursday, Lewis and his attorney, John Shea, said they intend to fight the charge.
“Some cases have to be tried,” Shea said. “This is one of them.”
The trial, at Ann Arbor’s 15th district court, will begin Monday with jury selection and opening statements. Shea is hoping the trial will be over by the end of the day Tuesday.
Cowboys players head to Oxnard, California, for training camp this weekend, but Lewis said, “I have no idea yet” when he’ll be joining his teammates. He had been at the team’s facility earlier this week before returning to Michigan for the pre-trial appearance.
After being drafted by Dallas, Lewis told reporters he is “completely innocent” and believes “I will be exonerated from everything.”
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