The Philadelphia Eagles have thankfully not been plagued with the rash of player arrests that have afflicted some teams, like the Detroit Lions this off season. But that streak has come to an end.
Running back Dion Lewis was arrested over the weekend in Albany, New York with his older brother for pulling trying to gain entry into the hotel’s lobby and eventually pulling the fire alarm.
Lewis has been charged with a felony count of falsely reporting a fire and also faces misdemeanor reckless endangerment charges.
ProFootballTalk details the situation as follows:
Lewis was a guest at the Hampton Inn in Albany, where the doors to the lobby are locked at midnight and only a guest key can secure admission. Both men reportedly were intoxicated at the time.
Dion Lewis was released following his arraignment. His brother, 35-year-old Lamar Lewis, is being held without bail.
This incident has occurred two weeks before training camp, when Lewis is expected to play an important role in potentially lightening LeSean McCoy’s burden this season entering his second year with the Birds.
There has been no comment from the Eagles at this stage.
UPDATE: Lewis issued the following statement today via the Eagles
I want to apologize to my family, the Albany community, the Eagles organization and fans, and to the NFL for my involvement in an incident this past weekend. 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. 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.