Many observers are calling for action to be taken against Lions president Tom Lewand following his Saturday arrest for suspicion of drunk driving. If Lewand is to be disciplined, however, it won’t be coming from his employer.
On Sunday, owner William Clay Ford Sr. gave Lewand a strong vote of confidence.
“Tom made a very serious mistake and he appropriately owned up to that mistake,” he said of Lewand, whom Ford tabbed along with G.M. Martin Mayhew to replace Matt Millen under two years ago. “As he continues to seek professional assistance for this problem, the Lions will support and help him in any way possible.
“I continue to have full confidence that Tom will positively lead our organization as he has since assuming his current role of team president. He has all my support.”
Clearly, Lewand is not in danger of losing his job. It’s now incumbent upon the league office to investigate the matter as it would any player. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello has confirmed that Lewand is subject to the Personal Conduct Policy.