Thursday, March 20, 2014
Taylor Lewan charged in fight
By Brian Bennett
Former Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan has been charged with one count of aggravated assault and two counts of assault or assault and battery stemming from an incident that occurred the night after last season's Ohio State game.
From ESPN.com's news story:
"According to the Ann Arbor News, which had earlier reported the charges, Lewan was being investigated for his role in an incident taking place on the 1200 block of South University Avenue around 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 1, following Ohio State's win over Michigan.
The News reported that two Ohio State fans said they were assaulted in the incident.
At the NFL combine last month, Lewan denied being in any sort of altercation.
"I went over the Ohio State incident once before. I wasn't in any fight of any kind," Lewan said. "I was actually breaking something up and some guy said that I slugged him, but that's not who I am off the field, that's not the kind of person I am.
"It might seem that way because of the way I play football, but that's not the way I am as a person."
The charges were filed with the district court Wednesday. The Ann Arbor News reported Lewan was the only person charged in the incident. If found guilty, Lewan could face up to 93 days in jail or a fine of up to $500."
It remains to be seen whether this hurts Lewan's stock in the upcoming NFL draft. And it's yet another stain for Michigan this offseason, which now also includes a suspension for starting offensive lineman Graham Glasgow.
The 2014 season can't start soon enough for the Wolverines.