Taylor Lewan assault trial set for October

AP

If tackle Taylor Lewan was waiting to find out whether he’d be standing trial on charges stemming from an alleged assault on Ohio State fans before signing his rookie deal with the Titans, the former Michigan Wolverine is free to go ahead and put pen to paper.

Judge Elizabeth Pollard Hines ruled in Ann Arbor on Thursday that Lewan will stand trial on aggravated assault and assault and battery charges on Thursday, October 28. Jury selection is scheduled for the previous day and Lewan’s trial is not expected to be an extended one. Lewan’s attorney John Shea also said that a settlement is possible before the trial date, but he doesn’t seem to be expecting one.

“Who knows what the future holds, but [a trial] is what we’re assuming,” Shea said, via MLive.com.

The trial date falls during the Titans’ bye week, so Lewan will not have to miss any work with the team in order to attend the court proceedings. Lewan is one of the few remaining 2014 draftees without a signed contract, although there’s no real reason why it shouldn’t be taken care of before camp gets underway.

Lewan is charged with striking two Buckeye fans outside the Brown Jug restaurant in Ann Arbor, although he and his attorney say he was just breaking up a fight.

23 responses to “Taylor Lewan assault trial set for October

  1. It would be nice if they had installed cameras there so we could take a look at the replay and see just what happened. Or maybe the altercation doesn’t even take place on account of the participants knowing that there are cameras there to keep a record of everything as it happened.

  2. I like a nice healthy mean streak in my LT. But ya gotta keep it on the field buddy, no punching idiot fans, no matter how much they may deserve it.

  3. I’m afraid that punching an opposing fan isn’t nearly the worst thing this guy’s done.

    – Titans Fan

  4. Why do I get the feeling this guy is the next Ritchie Incognito? The Titans had better be keeping a real eye on him. He’s talented, but seems to attract trouble.

  5. Maybe Tennessee should sign Incognito, so that Lewan can have a good sociopath role model as a mentor. He’s already off to a great start.
    They look and act so similar only their mothers can tell them apart or maybe Richie was cloned.

  6. It almost was a non-issue. The Ann Arbor police whitewashed the incident at first. The investigation was considered as closed and stated a lack of witnesses as well as an unidentified assailant. There are a lot of problems with the initial report. When it leaked to the media about ten days later the media contacted the police department and they opened the case back up. There were enough incidents about the original report of this fiasco to raise concerns about the Ann Arbor police department. The one part of the story I did like was how other Michigan fans intervened before things got really bad. I don’t care who you cheer for but when things turn physical it has gone too far. That’s when you get stuff like the Giants fan who was brutally assaulted at Dodger stadium and suffered life-changing injuries.

    Don’t remember, this is the same Lewan who admitted twisting other players’ facemasks in the game against Michigan State last fall. I don’t think much of this guy. As someone else said previously, he could be Richie Incognito 2.0.

  7. Another day, another football player, another assault charge. Sadly this is becoming the norm. Soon we won’t blink or raise an eyebrow when hearing of a football player being involved in some sort of off-field physical altercation.

  8. Please knowing Ohio State fans they definitely deserved the beat down they got. They are the most obnoxious myopic group of people in the world.

    Good for you Lewan. You are not guilty. Hope the judge gives you a high five

  9. Conflicting reports locally state that Lewan was merely breaking up a fight and someone happened to get hurt, and others stating that Lewan was the one fighting with OSU fans when they got hurt.

    Are there really many bars without security cameras these days? I find that hard to believe. If there is tape, it’s probably being kept under lock and key as evidence for trial and not allowed to leak.

    My guess is that we will know a LOT more after the trial, and until then we are just going to be left guessing.

  10. rascalmanny says:
    Jul 17, 2014 7:19 PM

    I would NEVER draft any player that had red flags like this.

    I don’t care HOW good the player is. Ultimately it’s never worth it.
    ———————————————————-
    Cris Carter

  11. There is a video tape of the incident. Lewan says he was breaking up a fight but several witnesses pointed Lewan out as the one throwing the punches. It apparently all started because these guys were arguing with Lewan’s brother.

  12. I watched the combine coverage when the OTs were working out. If you looked strictly at the package of size, length, speed and agility, Lewan was clearly the best of the bunch. Yet two teams drafted OTs who weren’t him. I have to think stuff like this is a big reason for that.

  13. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 17, 2014 7:06 PM

    Please knowing Ohio State fans they definitely deserved the beat down they got. They are the most obnoxious myopic group of people in the world.

    Good for you Lewan. You are not guilty. Hope the judge gives you a high five
    —————————————————–

    good to see that the anonymous internet mentality is hard at work.

  14. Not very smart for Buckeye fans to be hanging out near the Brown Jug in Ann Arbor (the main college street with bars that cater to Michigan students) That’s like the Klu Klux Klan holding a rally South Central L.A. It probably isn’t gonna end well….

  15. rascalmanny says:
    Jul 17, 2014 7:19 PM

    I would NEVER draft any player that had red flags like this.

    I don’t care HOW good the player is. Ultimately it’s never worth it.
    ————-

    Randy Moss says hello.

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