Philadelphia Eagles’ running back Dion Lewis was arrested along with his brother Lamar early Sunday morning for allegedly pulling a fire alarm in Albany, New York.
To outdo all the former outrageous ideas by other Philadelphia Eagles players, Dion and Lamar stood outside the Hampton Inn around 4:40 a.m. allegedly banging on the doors, then pulled the fire alarm.
Police said Dion was intoxicated. Both men were charged with falsely reporting an incident, a felony, and reckless endangerment of property, a misdemeanor. Dion was released following his arraignment, but Lamar is still held in custody.
Drafted in the fifth around of 2011 from Pittsburgh, Dion has produced in his limited role with 102 rushing yards on 23 carries and a touchdown. He’ll be competing against rookie Chris Polk to back up LeSean McCoy. Also, Dion will have to compete for a spot returning kickoffs.
Dion’s court date has been set for Wednesday, July 11 at Albany City Court.
The team released this statement after the arrest:
“We are aware of the incident involving Dion Lewis over the weekend in Albany and have since spoken to Dion and his representatives about it They have a good understanding of the serious nature of this matter and understand the embarrassment it caused to not only himself, but the entire organization.”
Dion later released an apology through the team:
“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,” Lewis said. “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.”
This couldn’t have come at a worse time for Dion with training camps underway, not that there is a good moment to pull a fire alarm.
Hopefully, the Eagles will extend to him some grace. He is still a young man at 21-years-old, but I’m sure Andy will have a few extra laps for him to run in practice.