As if NFL Fans needed another reason to look ahead to Training Camps opening across the league, Eagles Running Back Dion Lewis gave fans the latest example of why it appears to be time for players to return to the structure of team activities.
Lewis, who figures to be in a Training Camp battle for the Eagles backup running back job, was arrested and charged with a felony and two misdemeanor charges this weekend in Albany, NY.
Early on Saturday morning, 4a.m. to be exact, Lewis and his brother, Lamar Lewis, banged on the lobby doors and pulled the fire alarm of the Hampton Inn that they were staying at in Albany, N.Y., as a result, the pair were charged with a felony count of falsely reporting a fire and two reckless endangerment misdemeanor charges, Taking It To The House has learned.
Per the Albany Police Report, the pair were intoxicated and banged on the doors to the Hampton in with great force, trying to rock them and eventually break them from their hinges. When their attempts to break back into the hotel failed, they pulled the fire alarm outside the lobby.
After his arrest, Lewis was released from jail following his arraignment.
The 21 year old Lewis issued a statement Monday afternoon apologizing for his actions.
'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.'
The Eagles also issued a statement regarding the incident.
'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. Because it is a pending legal matter, we will have no further comment at this point.'
Lewis finished his rookie season in 2011 with 102 rushing yards, 1 touchdown and 1 reception for -3 yards
The Eagles report to Training Camp at Lehigh University on July 25th.
Matt Lombardo is the Lead Writer for Taking It To The House, online at www.takingit2thehouse.com and is a Producer for 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia. Follow Matt on Twitter @MattLombardo975 or email him at MDLombardo@yahoo.com