Lions dust off the usual post-arrest statement

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 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.

56 responses to “Lions dust off the usual post-arrest statement

  1. In related news, the Detroit Lions organization is working with the Mayor and Detroit City Council to provide funding for a new detention facility…

  2. He’s punching a guy on the ground in front of a cop and he’s not charged with assault and battery?!

  3. I used to laugh at these stories… But it’s just gotten sad these young men are blessed with a great opportunity. But they squander it and take what could be a turn for the opposite. These young guys need to be guided and given training and proper role models. Sometimes what these kids really need is a dose of reality, they go to these big schools where mistakes and misbehavior are covered up and excused. Someone needs to slap the S##t out of these guys and make them realize how lucky they are!!!

  4. This is when NFLers go nuts.

    They get their swerve on now until training camp starts.

    Hide your children.

  5. I hope this Herve is a little bigger than the only other known Herve to walk the planet – da plane, da plane guy…

  6. Yes, as I am a Lion fan I am personally responsible for all misdeeds of all personnel (past and future) of the Detroit Lions. This therefore makes me inferior to all of you who root for different teams.

    The intelligence and maturity levels to be found in these comments never cease to amaze.

  7. Lionsgonewild says:
    Apr 23, 2013 8:04 PM

    YOUNG and DUMB and full of………..


    Your a disgusting human being.

  8. Hey, GenXJay-
    What part of the Packers do you not respect?

    The winning records, the courteous fans at home games, or the general domination of your team for the last X years?

  9. As someone who closed my share of bars back in the day, and even got into a couple barroom brawls, I can’t judge too harshly on that part of it…However, there should be a point where your foggy brain wakes up and says ‘Okay, maybe I should stop now.’ Like when the nice officer tells you that maybe you should stop now.

  10. I really hate to sound like a broken record BUT how quick this site posted this story and a mug shot. And yet it took a more than 36 hours to post the al Michael’s story….and w/o his mug shot. And how quickly it was moved off the front page.

  11. Where is that Det troll who posts on every Niner article with some stupid comment about class?

    *crickets* Pot meet kettle.

    To the real Lions fans it’s a shame that this is the kind of stuff that makes headlines cause you have a heck of a lot of talent on that roster. Hopefully your GM can strengthen this team through the draft. Not a fan of the Lions but Stafford to Johnson is a formidable weapon and pretty awesome thing to watch.

    Go Niners.

  12. It doesn’t take a lot to guess this kid has a serious alcohol problem. If he has any sense at all he’ll seek help, fast.

  13. don’t get the negative reaction. the guy is 25 with a bunch of money on vacation and gets too drunk and fight somebody. like nobody on this site has ever done that. they pay these guys to be brutal violent and punishing on the field so why are we all surprised they are really like that? maybe if we stop treating them like role models we wont be disappointed when they falter

  14. @braceyourselffor12…… The slapnutz you’re referring to are “mjkelley and lionsdraftguy”. Both are always conspicuous by their absence in articles like this, but quick to rant in articles for other teams, namely SF. They are ignorant trolls like that ‘skins fan chump.

  15. tink65 says:
    Apr 23, 2013 8:16 PM
    I really hate to sound like a broken record BUT how quick this site posted this story and a mug shot. And yet it took a more than 36 hours to post the al Michael’s story….and w/o his mug shot. And how quickly it was moved off the front page.

    Kind of like the story reporting all the steroids found in the room of the Eagles assistant strength coach at training camp last summer. One small article then nothing.

  16. Lionsdraftguy! What are you going to do with all these “Classless” players? Let me guess… they *must* have learned it from David Akers!!!!

  17. Offensive Line #1
    Defensive Line #2
    Defensive Line #3
    Defensive Back #4
    Receiver #5
    Linebacker #6
    Kicker #7
    Defensive Line #7

    Plus I can see at least 2 undrafted free agents making the team this year.

    Spievey and Lewis need to get CUT, KICKED TO THE CURB, RELEASED.

    If Stafford can get is new contract done before the draft is done, that will free up some $$$$ for others that will get cut after the draft.

    Go Lions!!!!!!!

  18. If that dummy can earn $500,000 a year and not be able to stay out of trouble, I can call him whatever I want….

  19. There seems to be a bit of a misconception related to the number of arrests by Lions players that the average uneducated NFL fan does not comprehend. It may result from a biased media, a skewed perspective, or just utter lack of knowledge on one’s own part.

    Case in point, the following is a breakdown of the number of arrests by team in the NFC North alone, from 2001 to 2011:
    Vikings – 34
    Bears – 19
    Packers – 13
    Lions – 7

    If these numbers are not recent enough to make the point, the Vikings have had 10 arrests since the beginning of 2011 to present and the Lions have had 7.

    Try to take an objective look at things before you start spewing out your uneducated opinions.

    “Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance is the death of knowledge.”

  20. zeeman911 says: Apr 23, 2013 8:58 PM

    “What packer raped a child???”

    Mark Chmura had ‘inappropriate sexual contact’ in his hot tub with a teenage girl.

  21. As long as he performs on the field, I don’t care. These are neanderthals getting paid ridiculous money to play a game that entertains me, nothing more, nothing less.

  22. While we’re talking about criminals in the NFL, lets not leave the Dallas cowboys out of it with a staggering 52 players on the team with a criminal record. 500 total criminal records in the NFL. At least the cowboys are ahead in some type of %. Almost like it’s Dallas criteria to play for the team.

  23. thegreatgabbert says:

    It seems you have something in common with Lewis …. apparently neither one of you know when it’s time to stop.

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