Lions president anticipates suspensions for troubled players

AP

Lions team president Tom Lewand said he expected suspensions from the league for three players involved in alcohol or drug-related charges this offseason.

The Lions have had quite the offseason, with defensive tackle Nick Fairley arrested on separate charges of marijuana possession and driving under the influence of alcohol, running back Mikel Leshoure twice cited for possession of marijuana and offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath arrested for possession of marijuana.

“(S)uspensions are certainly something that could be a possibility and I would say are likely if you look at similar types of incidences on other teams,” Lewand said during an appearance on WXYT-FM, via the Detroit Free Press. “But typically what the commissioner likes to do is see it play out in the legal process, see the matter is adjudicated because we can’t lose sight of the fact, and I’m not making excuses for anybody, trust me, but the reason the commissioner lets the legal process play out is because of the time-honored tradition of innocent until proven guilty.”

The owner’s already chimed in, and Lewand has already discussed the situation with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, so he probably has a decent idea what’s in store.

“Obviously there’s tremendous disappointment in any negative interaction with law enforcement,” Lewand said. “We’ve expressed that several times. There has to be accountability, there will be accountability; there has been already and there will be more obviously as the commissioner reviews all the cases and hopefully it’s all to the end that these guys learn their lessons.”

Of course, there’s a level of accountability the Lions have to bear in this one too. There were red flags during the pre-draft evaluations of Fairley and Leshoure in particular, but the Lions chose to ignore them in favor of drafting talented players.

8 responses to “Lions president anticipates suspensions for troubled players

  1. Seems like Martin Mayhew has been suspended, cause he has been quiet since the players he selected started acting like pot smoking Charles Rodgers fans

  2. Whatever punishment the league hands down it is probably deserved. The real story moving forward is whether these guys get the message and understand whats at stake for them. The Lions front office took a chance on them despite the “red flags” because of their talent. It would be a shame to see all that talent and promise go to waste … we have seen it too many times.

  3. “Obviously there’s tremendous disappointment in any negative interaction with law enforcement,” Lewand said. “We’ve expressed that several times. There has to be accountability, there will be accountability; there has been already and there will be more obviously as the commissioner reviews all the cases and hopefully it’s all to the end that these guys learn their lessons.”

    —-Yeah, because the real problem was the interaction with law enforcement… not the fact that law enforcement was required to enforce the law being broken by a punk…

  4. joyjoy69 says: Jun 12, 2012 11:22 PM

    —-Yeah, because the real problem was the interaction with law enforcement… not the fact that law enforcement was required to enforce the law being broken by a punk…
    —————————-

    Obviously you are lacking in reading comprehension skills.

  5. These players are just mirroring the City of Detroit culture and playing it out. I’m just surprised there hasn’t been a shooting. Tough to stay clean when you’re immersed in a cesspool.

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