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Tom Lewand pleads guilty, gets probation

Detroit Lions President Tom Lewand, who was arrested for DUI on June 25, has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of operating while visibly impaired.

The Detroit News reports that Lewand was placed on probation for six months and fined $532. He will be placed in an outpatient recovery program and is not permitted to drink alcohol while on probation. Lewand has acknowledged that he is in “active recovery.”

At his hearing today, Lewand told the judge he had “several” vodka drinks before he was arrested. He initially lied to police and said he hadn’t had a drink in a year and a half.

Lewand’s blood-alcohol level was 0.21, far above the legal limit of 0.08.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will now decide on any discipline for Lewand under the league’s personal conduct policy. There’s already talk that players will be watching Goodell’s decision carefully, and expecting Goodell to deal with Lewand at least as harshly as Goodell deals with players who drive drunk.

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21 Responses to “Tom Lewand pleads guilty, gets probation”
  1. robert ethen says: Jul 9, 2010 2:36 PM

    I know the feeling, when you need a drink badly it seems like the last one was years ago.

  2. AllThat says: Jul 9, 2010 2:42 PM

    Several vodka drinks will always make you tell the police you haven’t had a drink in a year and a half.
    DOH!!!
    What the hell is Goodell going to do. Suspend or fine him? 99% of the people out there didn’t even know who he was when his name was mentioned.
    Gimme a break. the Lion’s should do something not Goodell

  3. Uncle Leo says: Jul 9, 2010 2:50 PM

    Goodell should sentence him to be President of the Lions.

  4. klungemonger says: Jul 9, 2010 2:52 PM

    Give him a 4-game suspension, that will teach him.

  5. GRpatriot says: Jul 9, 2010 3:01 PM

    I hope he gets suspended, otherwise the NFLPA will have a legit gripe about league discipline!
    Drop the Hammer on this guy, he’s a team president!

  6. PurpleNGold says: Jul 9, 2010 3:06 PM

    how can he go down with his ship if he’s suspended?

  7. Meldog says: Jul 9, 2010 3:11 PM

    How do you suspend a team president? Make him watch the games from home instead of his luxury box? If he delegates his responsibilities during the probation, he’ll basically just have a nice long vacation with no consequences for the team.

  8. megatron81 says: Jul 9, 2010 3:23 PM

    As harshly as he deals with players? You gotta be kidding me. If that’s the case then he’ll be put in the 15 minute time out chair. What happened to Leonard Little when he killed a person while driving drunk? He was back playing in no time and then got another DWI! These a-hole players want Lewand to be disiplined fairly yet the regular laws of society don’t apply to them. What happens to the everyday citizen that kills someone driving drunk?
    Long story short, the players union should shut their mouths and so should 99% of america’s unions, especially the teachers union (some of the most pathetic humans on the planet).

  9. PurpleNGold says: Jul 9, 2010 3:29 PM

    As president of the kittens, he has suffered enough, but the team should be held accountable and some penalty should be assessed. Bring back Millen!

  10. StupidRednecks says: Jul 9, 2010 3:32 PM

    Ban this ghetto thug!
    He lied to the cops.

  11. jibfest says: Jul 9, 2010 3:33 PM

    He is the president of the Lions and lives in Michigan, cut the man a break.

  12. StupidRednecks says: Jul 9, 2010 3:35 PM

    This is damaging the shield.
    Goodell do your job or you will have even less credibility than you had before.
    Don’t pull another Tom Cable.
    Ban this thug from the league.
    I think he was the shooter at Vick’s party.
    ha :)

  13. Cmoney20 says: Jul 9, 2010 3:47 PM

    Again not one zinger…..because he is white. Just reporting the news. How it should be.

  14. AlanSaysYo says: Jul 9, 2010 4:14 PM

    He’s lucky he didn’t pull a Donte Stallworth and kill someone. I suggest a suspension, league-mandated rehab program, and psychological testing.
    If Goodell is going to do that stuff to the players, he better be ready to do it to front office personnel. Seriously.

  15. mama tried says: Jul 9, 2010 4:33 PM

    “# Uncle Leo says: July 9, 2010 2:50 PM
    Goodell should sentence him to be President of the Lions.

    Good one Unc!!!

  16. headrush4you says: Jul 9, 2010 4:55 PM

    robert ethen says:
    July 9, 2010 2:36 PM
    I know the feeling, when you need a drink badly it seems like the last one was years ago.
    ————-
    Damn. You need help too man?

  17. Buck Stallion says: Jul 9, 2010 5:30 PM

    Well said AllThat!
    Detroit should have fired him right away.

  18. Thingamajig says: Jul 9, 2010 5:42 PM

    So just how does this recovery system work? If your in “active recovery” you’re allowed a few drinks but then I guess there must be an “inactive recovery ” where your not allowed to drink? I’ll bet studies by Grey Goose show “active recovery” works alot better than an “inactive recovery”.

  19. Fish751 says: Jul 9, 2010 7:00 PM

    I don’t drink anymore… I don’t drink any less either.

  20. numberfour says: Jul 9, 2010 7:37 PM

    his lips have been friction welded to wcf’s arse forever.
    even millen didnt have that kind of hold on the employment situation.

  21. Tinbender says: Jul 9, 2010 11:27 PM

    I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy
    But neither while driving !

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