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Video emerges of Lewand arrest

On Saturday, Lions president Tom Lewand was arrested on DUI charges. 

On Monday, video of the incident emerged. has the footage.

The 1:50 clip shows police immediately reacting to the smell of alcohol on Lewand, Lewand repeatedly denying that he had consumed any alcohol, Lewand being patted down, Lewand stumbling through the initial portion of a basic field sobriety test, Lewand debating whether to submit to breath testing, Lewand opting to do so, after authorities explained to him that, if he hasn’t been drinking, the result will be “all zeros,” and Lewand ultimately being handcuffed.

At one point, the police seem to be exasperated by Lewand’s inability to decide on whether to provide a breath sample, giving him the My Cousin Vinny-style admonition that the next words out of his mouth should be “yes” or “no.”

The video doesn’t change the fundamental nature of the prior reports, but the availability of images of the Lions president lying to police and otherwise engaging in conduct that we never expect to see from someone who runs an NFL franchise makes it even more important that the league office apply to Lewand the same standard that would apply to a player who has engaged in identical conduct.

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  1. lionskeet says: Jun 29, 2010 11:00 AM

    “I’ll blow…I’ll blow…I’ll blow.”
    Ahhh…I think you already did “blow,” last year when the Lions went 2-14.
    Maybe the Fords should dish out more money for these guys to be able to afford a limo or a taxi. Hell, I’d pick him up for free and drive him just so I could give him a piece of my mind on season ticket prices.
    I should have got my money back after watching them lose all 8 home games in 2008 and paying $8 for Bud Light. Not to mention $30 for probably the worst tailgating experience in the NFL.

  2. Deacon Blues says: Jun 29, 2010 11:01 AM

    I thought that was a Lincoln commercial………
    I still wish he had blown a 0.16

  3. Opie says: Jun 29, 2010 11:02 AM

    Love the cops jamming to 80’s music just prior = priceless!
    Looks like he didn’t/wasn’t able to blow and that’s why they arrested him. He kept saying, “I’ll blow” at the end.
    Here’s what I want to know, how was that video made available so quickly AND, more importantly, to the press? I don’t believe you can obtain that via the open records act, but I could be wrong…

  4. Meldog says: Jun 29, 2010 11:12 AM

    The guy wasn’t beligerant. Let him go. Who cares if he lied to the cops. If you have a chance to get out of a DUI, tell them you havn’t been drinking.

  5. megatron81 says: Jun 29, 2010 11:15 AM

    Patience my friend. It’s all going to pay off starting this season. So buy your season tickets and get ready to enjoy a journey that you couldn’t script better than what is on the forefront. It will be epic.

  6. stiller43 says: Jun 29, 2010 11:16 AM

    You ALWAYS tell the cops the truth!
    They’ll screw ya if you lie to them.

  7. ADogDC says: Jun 29, 2010 11:16 AM

    If you know you are over the limit, you will get arrested regardless. So, the best thing to do is DON’T BLOW if you know you will blow over the legal limit. Then, you force the cop to show up and testify in court. If he doesn’t show, you get off.

  8. detroitordie says: Jun 29, 2010 11:17 AM

    For starters,
    I gaurentee there are plenty of CEOs who drink and act like dumbasses but on Monday go to work and are great at their job.
    I hate reporters at the moment because the Lions do not need to lose him at this particular moment.
    The guy was at a Charity event, how many CEOs in this world have zero corporate social responsibility, atleast he was doing something positive before this happened.
    He spent 16 years working his way up through the organization; for this reason, I do not think you get rid of him. Im pretty confident this is a turning point for Tom to straighten up whatever he has going on and prove to be a positive example and show how to learn from your mistakes. Unlike other employees of the NFL… Superbowl QB Ben, Mike Vick.
    Last bit, this may not be anything as severe, but the Titans owner flipped off the world last year. That is an owner worth like 500 mil to a 1 bil;
    I dont care what position anyone is in, alcohol changes the persons state of mind and consistently people do dumb things (i.e. the ugly girl the next morning) Tom derseves a punishment but should not be let go from the Lions. SUH needs to get signed within a month so take your time commish.

  9. bgdabengal says: Jun 29, 2010 11:19 AM

    if i had his job i’d drink alot too.. come on.. he works for the lions, drinking and driving is a good idea!!
    Joking of course.

  10. odds75to1 says: Jun 29, 2010 11:39 AM

    He was in way northern lower michigan where their biggest event is tip-up-town…he could have easily said “i’m the president of the Detroit Lions – we were at a charity golf event” at the beginning, snapped a few photos, listened to the cops’ opinions, promised a few tickets, and got off.

  11. PurpleNGold says: Jun 29, 2010 11:40 AM

    As his arrest transpired, was he attempting to bribe the officers?

  12. Flipadelphia says: Jun 29, 2010 11:43 AM

    He’s got money so he should get out of it right?
    That is how it works right?

  13. BlondBlueDevils says: Jun 29, 2010 11:44 AM

    Meldog says:
    June 29, 2010 11:12 AM
    The guy wasn’t beligerant. Let him go. Who cares if he lied to the cops. If you have a chance to get out of a DUI, tell them you havn’t been drinking.
    Were you so understanding when Vick did the same with the Commissioner?
    That’s what I thought.
    HA HA HA

  14. ZombieRevolution says: Jun 29, 2010 12:01 PM

    ProFootballTabloid strikes again.
    Keep dragging the man through the mud, like some souless demon. At some point PFT will make news for the wrong reason (like the Terry Bradshaw episode) and hopefully some webscribe with hammer that story to death like PFT has this on.

  15. kitchn says: Jun 29, 2010 12:31 PM

    Florio, doyou think before you type? you really need to get your facts straight or STFU. seriously. The reason the officers seem to be exasperated (i’m surprised you know that word) is because they had asked him several times over countless minutes if he would submit to a breathalyzer test.
    It also wasn’t my cousin vinny style…if you had cared to do your research on Michigan law you would know that for court purposes that is all that can be used when displaying this as evidence.
    So please do some research before you spout off at the mouth.
    And to ADogDC, if he didn’t blow he would of been arrested on the spot(Michigan Law) lost his license for a year and would of had to have gotten a blood sample taken from him when he arrived at the jail.

  16. purpleguy says: Jun 29, 2010 1:16 PM

    If that had been Ted Thompson coming home from a charity event in WI, he would have readily offered to blow.

  17. kct says: Jun 29, 2010 1:27 PM

    If you owned the lions, you’d drink too.

  18. soberjoe says: Jun 29, 2010 8:27 PM

    I’m pretty sure he does not own the Lions. You must be the only person who doesn’t know about William Clay Ford – most terrible owner in sports.
    Of course, any other owner would have offered Matt Millen an EXTENSION…. one of the all-time worst decisions

  19. LAW says: Jun 30, 2010 11:01 AM

    kitchn says:
    June 29, 2010 12:31 PM
    And to ADogDC, if he didn’t blow he would of been arrested on the spot(Michigan Law) lost his license for a year and would of had to have gotten a blood sample taken from him when he arrived at the jail.
    Not true, failure to submit to a PBT is only a fine. You are confusing the PBT with the DataMaster.

  20. Patrick says: Jun 30, 2010 12:21 PM

    He should step down or be demoted and be replaced with a 24/7 football person(Condi Rice would be an upgrade!)…Maybe this helps in rooting out some of the problems in Motown…or maybe not…GoLions!

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