Jourdan Lewis is facing misdemeanor assault charges after allegedly choking and dragging his girlfriend around 1 a.m. Lewis, who was an All-American cornerback at Michigan last season, was expecting to be drafted early next month in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Now, with a pretrial hearing only two-weeks prior to draft day, his name might be called later than he originally anticipated.
The source of the argument that led to the eventual assault was over the lights that were being left on in the apartment where Lewis and his girlfriend live. After Lewis through two pillows and a blanket in his girlfriends face, he went into the bedroom where he started punching the wall from the inside.
His girlfriend pursued him to make sure that he wasn’t causing any damage. She later said that Lewis stepped on her hair and was choking her while she was on the ground, though she couldn’t remember how she got there.
Police called Lewis on his phone and located him just south of the Michigan offices.
Lewis painted a different picture when he spoke to police. He claims that he was in the closet when his girlfriend forced the door open and struck him in the face. He said her constant pestering about wanting an apology prompted him to attempt to leave the apartment, when she grabbed him by the leg to try to keep him from going. When asked if he grabbed her around the neck, Lewis said he only grabbed her while attempting to get her off of him and was never trying to assault her.
The pretrial hearing is scheduled for April 12th. Lewis was already a borderline second-round pick, if he is found guilty, or gives coaches or general managers enough reason to be tagged with the “character problems” moniker, he could see himself begin to plummet.
Fortunately his girlfriend sustained no injuries during the heated exchange.