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Dion Lewis arrested on felony charge

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Adrian Peterson wasn’t the only NFL running back arrested over the weekend.

According to Bryan Fitzgerald of the Albany Times-Union, Eagles running back Dion Lewis and his older brother were arrested early Saturday after allegedly banging on the locked doors to a hotel lobby and eventually pulling a fire alarm.

Lewis is charged with a felony count of falsely reporting a fire.  He also faces misdemeanor reckless endangerment charges.

Lewis was a guest at the Hampton Inn in Albany, where the doors to the lobby are locked at midnight and only a guest key can secure admission.  Both men reportedly were intoxicated at the time.

Dion Lewis was released following his arraignment.  His brother, 35-year-old Lamar Lewis, is being held without bail.

Before arguing that the police are overreacting by filing a felony charge, consider the context.  They pulled a fire alarm at a hotel.  (Allegedly.)  After midnight, when plenty of the guests are, you know, asleep.

Lewis, a fifth-round pick in 2011 from Pitt, appeared in 15 games last season, rushing for 102 yards on 23 carries.  With Ronnie Brown gone, Lewis is expected to be the top backup to another former Pitt Panther, LeSean McCoy.

Reached for comment by the Times-Union on Monday, Dion Lewis hung up the phone.

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39 Responses to “Dion Lewis arrested on felony charge”
  1. mjkelly77 says: Jul 9, 2012 11:05 AM

    Ah, the offseason!!! Assaults, drunk and disorderly, reckless speeding, drugs, … pulling fire alarms???

    Boys will be boys.

  2. schmokes says: Jul 9, 2012 11:05 AM

    The lions have already contacted the eagles to inquire about a potential trade.

  3. foul83 says: Jul 9, 2012 11:06 AM

    Becoming tiring. STOP COMMITING CRIMES! You’re in the NFL.

  4. Patriot42 says: Jul 9, 2012 11:08 AM

    Wouldn’t it be easier to post those players that haven’t been arrested.

  5. joetoronto says: Jul 9, 2012 11:11 AM

    Dee Smith explained the situation in a way only union members can understand.

    He said that “in fairness to the players, it was a 2 day weekend, hence the two charges.”

  6. njsteelersfan says: Jul 9, 2012 11:12 AM

    Where all of the Eagle fans that been talking _ _ _ _ about all the other team !!!! Thats all needs to be said

  7. buffalobills2012 says: Jul 9, 2012 11:14 AM

    not to mention the fire dept that had to gear up, gas up and go to the local…please punish to the max. Such a sense of entitlement.

  8. pooflingingmonkey says: Jul 9, 2012 11:15 AM

    Additional charges may be added later, as it was disclosed that Lewis had also engaged in the classic “banana in the tailpipe” trick.

  9. FinFan68 says: Jul 9, 2012 11:16 AM

    yet another turd that deserves to be flushed

  10. jamesmbell says: Jul 9, 2012 11:29 AM

    And before you start arguing in defense of the police Florio, lets allow due process to, you know, process.
    Loser. BFD, I’m sure everyone got back to sleep at the Hampton Inn in Albany, NY.

  11. lowender75 says: Jul 9, 2012 11:32 AM

    Eagles fan here; I can now thank Dion Lewis for now allowing BOTH Bryce Brown and Chris Polk to make the 53 man roster.

  12. purpleguy says: Jul 9, 2012 11:37 AM

    What, is this guy in 9th grade?

  13. realitypolice says: Jul 9, 2012 11:40 AM

    NFL stars livin’ large at the Hampton Inn.

    In Albany.

  14. tooz72 says: Jul 9, 2012 11:44 AM

    shocker..thought he was a good dude

  15. lks311 says: Jul 9, 2012 11:47 AM

    schmokes says:Jul 9, 2012 11:05 AM

    The lions have already contacted the eagles to inquire about a potential trade.
    —————————————–
    I’m up for funny as much as the next guy, but your comment is lacking creativity, rather lame and only appeals to the folks that have not seen this crack in the other 20 iterations it has taken over the past two weeks.

  16. saint4life says: Jul 9, 2012 11:49 AM

    Before all these guys want to claim the NFL is causing all these brain injuries maybe they should consider all the stupid things they did before or during their playing days. All the illegal drugs, enhancements, supplements and alcohol they take play a part in it too?

  17. andrewproughcfe says: Jul 9, 2012 11:50 AM

    “Before arguing that the police are overreacting by filing a felony charge, consider the context. They pulled a fire alarm at a hotel. (Allegedly.) After midnight, when plenty of the guests are, you know, asleep.”

    – It’s not a felony to wake people up in the middle of the night. It’s a felony to divert emergency services from doing their job.

    If another house or building burned down because the fire trucks were racing to a non-fire at the Hampton Inn – well, you get the picture.

  18. jmhalko says: Jul 9, 2012 11:53 AM

    Sounds like we have a new offseason game in the making. Anyone want to join my Fantasy Felony league? Played over the offseason, points will be awarded for number of felonies, bonus points for degree, and of course, getting points for avoiding conviction.

  19. brucebossnj says: Jul 9, 2012 11:55 AM

    Enough already! What’s happening to the NFL? Yearning for the old days. There’s no wonder attendance is down. If the NFL keeps importing this trash, eventually it will become a landfill! We’re almost there!

  20. distracted9 says: Jul 9, 2012 12:04 PM

    I think this kid has SOME tallent but I don’t think he has the potential of either Polk or Brown though.. Shady, Brown and Polk COULD be another three headed monster, I hope this makes the front office decision easy.

  21. granadafan says: Jul 9, 2012 12:24 PM

    Lewis should just hire Roger Clemens’ and Adrian Petersen’s high priced scum lawyer. That’ll get him off the charges.

  22. agelardi says: Jul 9, 2012 12:36 PM

    Too old for that kind of foolishness. I hope they get the maximum penalty if proven guilty.

    At least, it cause a major inconvenience. At most, it could have resulted in death.

  23. mhalt99 says: Jul 9, 2012 12:45 PM

    A thousand hours of community service, to be served in Albany, outside, only in February over the next few years and a fine to cover the costs to the local PD/FD should do the trick.

    Doesn’t seem like that bad of a kid, just a really dumb move. Hope the judge is fair and gives the kid a chance to make amends and move on (after he pays his fine and freezes his behind off as stated above)

  24. rueagle says: Jul 9, 2012 12:51 PM

    A lot goes into a fire alarm. Firefighters need to respond, gear up and go lights & sirens at high rates of speed which is a risk (Though it’s doubtful they would go high rates of speed to an alarm call). Most are volunteers and were inconvenienced; although that is part of the job. Still, considering all that…a felony for pulling a fire alarm? Seems a bit harsh.

  25. clu1perceiver says: Jul 9, 2012 12:56 PM

    Roger Goodell will be forced to clone himself to handle the cascade of personal conduct cases generated by some of his more invincibly clueless charges.

  26. fdugrad says: Jul 9, 2012 1:04 PM

    We had a false alarm the last week of the year in the public school where I am a teacher….one of the PRE-SCHOOLERS pulled the shiny red emergency sign!!!!

  27. mjkelly77 says: Jul 9, 2012 1:09 PM

    andrewproughcfe says:Jul 9, 2012 11:50 AM

    “Before arguing that the police are overreacting by filing a felony charge, consider the context. They pulled a fire alarm at a hotel. (Allegedly.) After midnight, when plenty of the guests are, you know, asleep.”

    – It’s not a felony to wake people up in the middle of the night. It’s a felony to divert emergency services from doing their job.

    If another house or building burned down because the fire trucks were racing to a non-fire at the Hampton Inn – well, you get the picture.
    _________________

    Had a tragic traffic accident occured with the responding fire fighters, these two a$$ wipes could be tried for murder.

  28. inallsincerity says: Jul 9, 2012 1:12 PM

    At least he didn’t pull a ‘firearm’ but a ‘fire alarm’ at his age is just as bad…HA!

  29. jlanepa says: Jul 9, 2012 1:23 PM

    Funny that he was released and his brother is being held without bail

  30. thcnote says: Jul 9, 2012 1:26 PM

    And everybody wonders why Goodell treats these men like they are 10 year old kids.

  31. canuckinamerica says: Jul 9, 2012 1:28 PM

    Can’t wait for headlines in December that continue this theme. With one exception….”and by the way, the season started a while ago”. Absolute morons. Basket weaving courses obviously have a positive impact on these athletes.

  32. fringetastic says: Jul 9, 2012 1:32 PM

    Great reporting… doesn’t even include the state. There are 28 states with a town or city named ‘Albany’. Had to go to the front page of the newspaper site and tell from the context clue of ‘SPAC’ (I used to live in the area) to know it was Albany New York.

  33. effedinLA says: Jul 9, 2012 1:34 PM

    lks311 says:
    Jul 9, 2012 11:47 AM
    schmokes says:Jul 9, 2012 11:05 AM

    The lions have already contacted the eagles to inquire about a potential trade.
    —————————————–
    I’m up for funny as much as the next guy, but your comment is lacking creativity, rather lame and only appeals to the folks that have not seen this crack in the other 20 iterations it has taken over the past two weeks.
    ———————————
    It’s still funny if you’re not a Lion’s fan. Then again, as a Lion fan you are probably disappointed that they didn’t just know how to break-in like you would expect.

  34. kingjoe1 says: Jul 9, 2012 1:43 PM

    “Dion Lewis was released following his arraignment. His brother, 35-year-old Lamar Lewis, is being held without bail.”

    WHy is Lamar being held without bail? You can’t leave us hanging like this …

  35. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 9, 2012 2:46 PM

    Dion pulled the fire alarm, but when they get home, who do you think is going to be in the most trouble? The older brother, I bet.

  36. dexter191 says: Jul 9, 2012 3:19 PM

    I like this kid. Unfortunately he’s going to have to be the example.

    The Eagles are in no place as an organization right now to deal with undisciplined personnel.

    Dion Lewis will have to be cut to send the perfect message to the rest of the Eagles.

  37. mancave001 says: Jul 9, 2012 3:36 PM

    I read it three times before I realized it said “fire alarm” instead of “firearm.”

    I must say though…I’m surprised pulling a fire alarm is a felony. I mean, really? A felony?

  38. truth129 says: Jul 20, 2012 9:30 PM

    I created a username bc I’m sick of reading all the racist people talk about Dion Lewis and black athletes as if there are no exceptions to the stereotype.

    I’ve known Dion since middle school. In a high school full of punks and gangbangers, Dion always had his head on straight, and made the right decisions ON HIS OWN that would lead down a path to the NFL. He stayed away from drugs, drinking, and punks (in an environment full of them). Instead of everyone judging him because of one stupid mistake he made while drinking (which we’ve all done), take a second and think about how dedicated he IS to get out of a tough situation and make it to the NFL. Not to mention hes 5’8/9, weighed 155 lbs as a sophmore in high school n could bench 300+lbs. The kid is clearly talented but more importantly he is a good person. Not a punk. Personable and friendly to everyone.

    I’m not downplaying his actions. All I am saying is that this one mistake should not define him and discredit all the great decisions he has made in his life.

  39. FinFan68 says: Jul 21, 2012 2:35 PM

    @truth129,
    1st, stereotypes are wrong but many exist for a reason. If the similarities/trends in behavior were not there (or believed to be there by like-minded bigots), the stereotype wouldn’t be either. While racists tend to include ALL people in their bigoted opinions most people understand that the individual’s actions reflect on themselves and not their entire race.
    2nd. I just read all the comments on this page again and there were ZERO that could be considered “racist” by a rational person. Many called his behavior dumb, juvenile or stupid but nobody mentioned his race. It’s great that you have personal experience to back up your opinion of his character. As for the rest of us, we can only form an opinion based on the actions that we are aware of. “Good” people usually do not commit felonies but I hope he may be the exception to that general rule. Please take off the racial victimization glasses because in this case it simply isn’t there.

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