Eagles RB Dion Lewis arrested
According to the Albany Times Union, which reported Lewis' arrest earlier Monday, police said Lewis and his brother were locked out of a Hampton Inn, and after attempts to re-enter the hotel failed, the two began banging on the locked sliding glass door in the lobby. The brothers then pulled the alarm, police told the paper.
The second-year running back and his brother were both intoxicated at the time of the incident, the paper said.
Lewis, an Albany native, was a guest at the hotel at the time of the incident, police told the Times Union. The hotel's manager told the paper that the door is locked after midnight to anyone without a key.
According to the Times Union, police charged both men with falsely reporting a fire, a felony, and misdemeanor reckless endangerment. Dion Lewis was released after an arraignment in city court, while his brother, Lamar Lewis, was being held without bail.
Dion Lewis issued a statement Monday apologizing for the arrest.
"It was never my intention to cause any public alarm or damage any property. I am sorry for any embarrassment and inconvenience that my actions have caused," Lewis said. "I am committed to continuing to conduct myself in conformance with the high moral, ethical and professional standards that I have my entire life and of which so many others rightly expect of me. Because the matter is still in the hands of the court system, I cannot comment any further."
The Eagles said in a separate statement they were aware of the incident and had spoken to Lewis about it. The club declined further comment, citing the pending legal case.
According to the Times Union, Lewis was scheduled to speak at the Troy Boys & Girls Club about "the value of working to the best of their abilities both on and off the playing field." The club's director, Sharon Smith, said the event could be rescheduled for later this year.
"He was supposed to talk about things like how to make better choices," Smith told the paper. "I think it's certainly a teachable moment."
The Eagles drafted Lewis in the fifth round last year out of the University of Pittsburgh. Lewis carried 23 times for 102 yards and one touchdown in 2012. The 5-foot-8, 195-pound back also returned 31 kicks for 669 yards in his rookie year.
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