Lewan’s legal troubles won’t be settled until after the draft

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The Giants are among the teams in the market for an OT this draft season and Michigan’s Taylor Lewan matches up with that need very nicely. One problem, however. Lewan is facing assault charges stemming from an alleged altercation with two Ohio State fans last December. He was not arrested and has maintained his innocence throughout the process.

Lewan was supposed to be arraigned last Tuesday in Ann Arbor, but those proceedings have been delayed until after the NFL Draft. Lewan will not know his fate until May 19th, more than a week after the draft has concluded.

The details of the case are sketchy and most of the information in the case has not been made public. Lewan has denied assaulting anyone, but with the case still pending, his draft stock as a top-15 pick is in jeopardy.

From Kyle Feldscher of The Ann Arbor News:

All of the charges that will be brought against Lewan are misdemeanors. In Michigan, assault and battery is a misdemeanor punishable by 93 days in jail or a fine of up to $500.

Aggravated assault is a more serious crime, defined as a charge against “a person who assaults an individual without a weapon and inflicts serious or aggravated injury upon that individual without intending to commit murder or to inflict great bodily harm less than murder.” That charge is punishable by one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

Will this keep teams – including the Giants – from drafting Lewan? Time will tell, but keep in mind, the Giants drafted RB Ahmad Bradshaw in 2007 with the knowledge that he had to fulfill an obligation to serve out a jail sentence in Virginia.

It’s likely Lewan will get to plead this down or even be exonerated. But, again, teams may stay away just as a precaution. 




25 comments
mcfly
mcfly

He is a young guy, why act surprised when he acts like a kid? Going to an NFL team is when he needs to mature, this is his job now.

Also, when it comes to pass protectors and pass rushers, I want big aggressive maulers who play with a mean streak. It's just about learning too turn it off when you leave the sidelines.

jwill
jwill

Draft him. K.I.S.S. Overplaying character is how the Giants missed out on Burflict and a lot of other good players who weren't 'Giant-type guys.'

Mark Movel
Mark Movel

Draft him...most of all of this is media generated b.s,

Jeff Comerford
Jeff Comerford

1. Bradshaw was charged with stealing an XBox.

2. Bradshaw was drafted in the 7th round 


vs


1. Lewan is being charged with physically beating someone

2. Lewan is also alleged to have threatened to rape a woman (who claimed that Lewan's roommate raped her) if she didn't drop her allegations

3. Lewan is considered to be a first round talent.


Big difference between the two.  I would be mightily surprised if the Giants were to take a chance on someone with sociopathic tendencies like this. 

JamesWS
JamesWS

I work as a prosecutor. I would be shocked if Lewan got anything more than 12 months reporting probation (and that's if he was any random Joe defendant). Granted, I don't practice in Michigan.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

Giants drafted Bradshaw in the 7th Rd. That's a HUGE difference than the 12th overall pk. So that fact doesn't shed much light with Lewan. Though I don't think they'll even have a decision to make as he'll unfortunately be gone by then along with most if not all the other top players fans have been hoping for.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@jwill What has Burflict done in the NFL...Totally overrated player and the Giants were wise to pass on him.

Matthew Cohen
Matthew Cohen

@jwill Yeah and Aaron Hernandez.  Imagine what our passing game would be like if he were a Giant.

jwill
jwill

@Jeff Comerford wow, didnt know about that second point. That is sociopathic if thats all true. Gotta agree with you on this one.

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

@JamesWS  

the Whole KEY here is:

Lewan was not Arrested at the Scene...

the Police Took BOTH Sides, info,

and everyone went HOME....

The POLICE REPORT was Made,

the D.A. has Charged Lewan, on 2 weak Charges....

The KEY Now is,

are there DAMAGES ???

was the man injured ???

can they Prove Lewan caused the Damage ???

... Most Late Night, College Campus, Parking Lot Altercations just FADE away,

add Booze, into the Mix,

and the Finger Pointing gets Messy for the COURTs....

NOBODY HURT, No Damages,

it's going away......

jwill
jwill

@Brian Webster Only 11 players can be drafted before the Giants. There will be plenty of good players left. Also, great players are inevitable to fall, since teams inevitably reach.

Billy Suede
Billy Suede

You mean besides leading his team in tackles his rookie year and being a pro bowler and second team all pro in 2013, his second year in the league?

Yeah. He's done nothing in the pros....

cole3244
cole3244

@Skookaloop @JamesWSwell you have flip flopped three times on this but you can say you were correct no matter how this turns out since you have taken both sides.

Billy Suede
Billy Suede

You said he's done nothing in the nfl. I just noted what he's done in his first two years in the league as he enters his third. He's done nothing that would warrant a red flag since being in the league.

Admit you were wrong on Burfict and move on, dude. Use another example to bolster your case against taking guys with guys with character flaws.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Billy Suede I could care less what he did as a rookie. Give him time and he'll show his true color and be another Aldon Smith. Giants do not need players with severe character issues.

jwill
jwill

@Michael Stewart @Matthew Cohen@jwill My point in bringing up Burflict (and yes, I probably bring him up too much) is to say that the Giants should do their due diligence and check out the entire story, the ins and outs. Burflict basically had a nervouse breakdown in fromt of the world. He was a kid. He didnt rob, rape, curse, drink, drug or anything else of report. He had no known gang connections. He had a clean record, but was obviously dealing with issues outside of the realm of football. Emphasis on the word "Obvious."

If it's true that lewan has done these things, and that they are part of a pattern of sociopathic behavior, then I understand the Giants passing. If there is a pattern of off-field incidents, particularly those that feature victims, they should pass. But if not, dont pass on Lewan because he's not a 'giant-type guy.' Do your homework and look at the whole issue.


As for Hernandez, I believe he checked out and was drafted pretty much where a non-blocking TE should be drafted who is a pure receiver and lacks blocking skills. The Patriots, I believe, knew about some of his gang issues, but took the risk. (Correct me if I'm wrong here.)

JamesWS
JamesWS

Have you read the criminal complaint? Are you aware of the facts of the case?

Jeff Comerford
Jeff Comerford

@Skookaloop @jwill @Jeff Comerford  Didn't say he was convicted.  I do know that when someone has a series of incidents that follow him - there is usually a reason for it.  I could overlook the fight, if there was some credible story on his part.  But I also know that not all issues come to light, and for this person to have 2 very serious public allegations against him is enough to look for someone else.


And innocent until proven guilty exists only in criminal courts - not in the court of public opinion.  He may not have been convicted (yet), but it by no means establishes that he is innocent either.