Ronnell Lewis only played one defensive snap with the Detroit Lions all season last year. In just one night in his former college town of Norman, Oklahoma, Lewis was tasered more than that.
No sabermetritians are going to be able to find that stat anywhere but here, that’s for sure.
Lewis, a former star Sooner, was Tasered twice and arrested on three misdemeanor charges (disturbing the police, public intoxication and interference with an official process) following his role in a bar fight this past Saturday. Lewis reportedly punched another man, Herve Sivuilu, while he was already on the ground.
After being selected in the fourth round a year ago, Lewis is expected to be a cog in the Lions’ drive towards the playoffs. This is obviously not going to make him any friends in the front office.
“We are aware of the incident involving Ronnell Lewis,” the Lions said in a statement, via USA Today. “We are in the process of gathering more information and have no further comment at this time.”
Following the release of Kyle Vanden Bosch and the free-agent departure of Cliff Avril, Lewis was expected to see an expanded role in the Lions defense in 2013.
We know he’s got the fight in him (pun intended, people) and now he should have had all the energy he needs to make a move up the depth chart after the cops gave him the shock treatment — too harsh?
What would be even more harsh would be if the Lions let him go after this arrest, which is not out of the realm of possibility.