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Taylor Lewan faces misdemeanor assault charges

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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.

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38 Responses to “Taylor Lewan faces misdemeanor assault charges”
  1. sparty0n says: Mar 20, 2014 2:02 PM

    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. sbchampsagain says: Mar 20, 2014 2:04 PM

    Great news!
    I see him falling, falling, to Ozzie and the Ravens in the second round!

  3. kd75 says: Mar 20, 2014 2:04 PM

    That’s just the nasty streak teams want in their left tackles…

  4. opinevain says: Mar 20, 2014 2:05 PM

    He’ll be fine

  5. kingfish2013 says: Mar 20, 2014 2:06 PM

    Bleed Scarlet n Gray.

  6. squinn21 says: Mar 20, 2014 2:07 PM

    Fall to 19 please!!!

  7. scmems07 says: Mar 20, 2014 2:08 PM

    guy probably made up the story about lewan to cash in. nothing new.

  8. annapterp says: Mar 20, 2014 2:09 PM

    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.

  9. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 20, 2014 2:10 PM

    Bet the ravens are excited because he has police blotter credits.

  10. youtubeingravenvids says: Mar 20, 2014 2:11 PM

    “some guy said that I slugged him” anyone who says the word “slugged” has beat up quite a few people in their lifetime.

  11. puppybowler says: Mar 20, 2014 2:11 PM

    Good thing it’s not Clowney or people would be killing him

  12. lennymoorerules says: Mar 20, 2014 2:15 PM

    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.

  13. spartyownsyou says: Mar 20, 2014 2:15 PM

    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.

  14. beavertonsteve says: Mar 20, 2014 2:24 PM

    This news is endorsed by NFL teams in the bottom half of the first round.

  15. kingpel says: Mar 20, 2014 2:24 PM

    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.

  16. nyfootballgiants says: Mar 20, 2014 2:24 PM

    And this is why he will not be drafted by the Giants.

    At this rate, he will be All Pro in the California Penal League….

  17. Scott Skipper says: Mar 20, 2014 2:26 PM

    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

  18. glastron1 says: Mar 20, 2014 2:27 PM

    GO BLUE!!!!!!

  19. jimmybrock says: Mar 20, 2014 2:29 PM

    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.

  20. NoobTubeTV says: Mar 20, 2014 2:33 PM

    The next Richie Incognito.

  21. motown81 says: Mar 20, 2014 2:37 PM

    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!

  22. whatjusthapped says: Mar 20, 2014 2:38 PM

    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.

  23. jay0134 says: Mar 20, 2014 2:38 PM

    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…

  24. willbrownimaging says: Mar 20, 2014 2:42 PM

    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.

  25. steelerdeathstar says: Mar 20, 2014 2:47 PM

    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.

  26. thebirdsareback says: Mar 20, 2014 2:52 PM

    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

  27. sportsbastard says: Mar 20, 2014 3:03 PM

    They were tOSU fans, so they probably deserved it.

  28. chiadam says: Mar 20, 2014 3:07 PM

    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.

  29. 33vikes says: Mar 20, 2014 3:10 PM

    if I were a GM, this would cause him to rise on my board. This dude can play, which is all that matters.

  30. stevent92 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:52 PM

    Lifetime ban

  31. EJ says: Mar 20, 2014 3:56 PM

    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.

  32. lionsdraftguy says: Mar 20, 2014 4:12 PM

    Hes a loser from a university of losers.

    Go Green!!

  33. calhounlambeau says: Mar 20, 2014 4:26 PM

    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.

  34. idonttipipaybills says: Mar 20, 2014 4:29 PM

    Those 2 Nebraska cornhuskers could have filed assault charges the way they are getting man handled

  35. billco6192013 says: Mar 20, 2014 5:03 PM

    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.

  36. brownsmakemecrazy says: Mar 20, 2014 6:34 PM

    If the report is true, Ohio State fan deserved it

  37. Ferdinand says: Mar 20, 2014 7:21 PM

    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.

  38. loftonbomb80 says: Mar 20, 2014 10:08 PM

    He’ll fall to 21

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