No team has more experience than the Lions in releasing statements about players who were arrested, so it’s no surprise that the Lions’ PR staff was quick in pulling out the boilerplate after defensive end Ronnell Lewis was arrested.
“We are aware of the incident involving Ronnell Lewis. We are in the process of gathering more information and have no further comment at this time,” the team’s statement said.
Anwar S. Richardson of MLive.com has some details on the arrest, including that it started when bouncers at a bar asked a police officer’s help in breaking up a fight between Lewis and a man named Herve Sivuilu. The fight was stopped briefly, but when the two men were brought outside, Lewis pushed Sivuilu to the ground. The cop told Lewis to step away from Sivuilu, but Lewis began to punch Sivuilu.
The officer then pulled out his Taser. As Lewis continued to hit Sivuilu, the officer tased him. Lewis still didn’t stop, so the officer tased him again. It was only after the second time that Lewis finally fell down.
According to the arrest report, Lewis smelled like alcohol, he had “red watery blood shot eyes”, and his speech was slow and thick. He was booked for disturbing the peace, public intoxication and interference with the official process.