For nearly a year, the possibility of criminal charges has been looming over Bears guard Lance Louis arising from an alleged incident that occurred while he was still a member of the San Diego State University football team.
Now, Louis has been charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly beating up teammate Nick Sandford, who still plays for the Aztecs. Louis faced possible felony charges, but the lesser charges ultimately were filed.
Sandford suffered a concussion, broken eardrum, and fractured cheekbone as a result of the incident.
Louis is due to be arraigned on October 23. He faces up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine.
Since the incident occurred before Louis entered the NFL, he possibly will not be subject to discipline under the Personal Conduct Policy. The league, as we recall it, has applied different approaches to this issue in the past. So, Aiello, save us a spot in your e-mailbox.