Taylor Lewan faces misdemeanor assault charges

AP

Former Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, a likely first-round draft pick, is facing three misdemeanor charges in connection with an incident in Ann Arbor hours after the Ohio State-Michigan game.

The Ann Arbor News reports that Lewan will be charged with one count of aggravated assault and two counts of assault or assault and battery.

At 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 1, about eight hours after Michigan lost to Ohio State, two Buckeyes fans reported that they were assaulted in Ann Arbor. No one was arrested at the time, but three weeks later police confirmed that they were investigating whether Lewan had a role in the incident. Lewan denied that he assaulted anyone.

“I wasn’t in any fight of any kind,” he said. “I was actually breaking something up and some guy said that I slugged him. But that’s not who I am off the field, that’s not the kind of person I am. I might seem that way because of the way I play football, but that’s not who I am as a person.”

Last year, Lewan surprised many draft observers by deciding to eschew the draft and return for his senior season at Michigan. At the time, Lewan was viewed as one of the top prospects for the 2013 draft, and potentially even the No. 1 overall pick. His stock seemed to slip a bit during the 2013 season, and today’s news will do nothing to improve Lewan’s draft prospects.

38 responses to “Taylor Lewan faces misdemeanor assault charges

  1. This guy is a total douche bag. Before its said and done, this guy will make Richie Incognito look like Mahatma Gandhi.

    Teams should avoid drafting this scumbag at all costs.

  2. This incident is old news. Misdemeanor and someone is just looking for a little pay day. Won’t affect his draft status at all. Besides, I’d want some nastiness in an offensive tackle.

  3. This could be a classic example of pay me or I won’t drop the charges. Problem is Lewan should have never stepped into such a situation even to break up a fight.

  4. Lewan is a complete scumbag. In addition to this he’s also been accused of intimidating a rape victim into not testifying against one of his former teammates. He’s also one of the dirtiest players I’ve even seen at the college level. So to sum it all up he’s a fairly typical wolverine.

  5. I like some aggression in my offensive linemen. Good to know he isn’t just another fat kid looking for a payday so he can blow up to 500 lbs.

  6. funny its coming about before the draft. there is nothing to the story other than a ohio st fan trying to get one over on there arch enemy

  7. Does this guy realize how many millions of $$$ he is costing himself?

    Talent wise he is top 10 pick. Now he’ll probably slide several spots.

  8. Ok, “Spartyownsu” we get that you are a Michigan State fan and want to bad-mouth the Wolverines. You read a couple of articles and all of the sudden “you know this guy personally” right?

    GO BLUE!

  9. Minor incident, had it been the night before the big game and he was arrested and forced to miss the game because he is sitting in jail, then the Vikings are very interested.

  10. I dont care where he goes in the draft, and I dont personally care about him either, I just hope the Lions dont get suckered into taking him…

  11. The trolls are saying that Baltimore is interested because he has legal issues…but I hope they’re right, despite these charges, which seem like much ado about nothing.

    If Lewan somehow makes it to #17, I hope he IS the pick for the Ravens. With Monroe entrenched at LT, Lewan would give Baltimore the bookends they missed on with Michael Oher.

  12. Had heard in another story somewhere that he may be a dirty player? Aggravated Assault is the real eye-opener here. Ag Assault is a felony, not a misdemeanor, and is generally not filed unless there is/was a substantial injury done to someone, or there was a weapon of some sort involved.
    In this particular case, the weapon may be considered the ‘personal weapons’ (hands, fists, feet, etc.) of a very large college lineman.
    At this point, it sounds like he might have done a lot more than just ‘break up’ an altercation of some sort; however, he is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in our legal system. We shall see…
    In any event, not the sort of publicity Lewan wants or needs preparing for the draft, though.

  13. This definitely could be the Ravens first round draft pick. And dont be surprised if their second round pick is Center Travis Swanson (If he doesnt get over drafted because of lewan falling). I certainly hope that happens, The Ravens O-Line will immediately become a top 10 o line. Ray Rice and Joe can get back to work. WINNING

  14. He’s actually right. That’s not who he is off the field. Off the field, he threatens to rape women if they report that a teammate raped her. Fact. At least he goes after men on the field, although it’s usually after getting his ass handed to him for three quarters.

  15. Belichick probably wants him to slide in the draft in order to select him. I can see Bill paying some kid off to make up this BS too.

  16. Anyone in an NFL front office already knew about this issue months ago. Google the guy, he’s not an angel, look the rape case against their kicker. Dude has a few screws loose.

  17. SORRY GUYS, LEWEN IS A STUD AND CAN HANDLE HIS BUSINESS AND I WOULD BE VERY SURPRISED TO SEE HIM DROP OUT THE TOP TWELVE.NY GIANTS NEEDS THIS GUY AND TOM WOULD BE A PEREFECT COACH.HOW MANY PLAYERS DO YOU SEE TOM COACH GET IN TROUBLE.WELCOME TO NEW NEW YORK TOYLOR LEWEN.WE WOULD LOVE TO TO HAVE YOU.

  18. This year’s draft is better than last year’s in a couple respects at least – no one failed the drug tests at the combine and it took until weeks after for any of them to get arrested.

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