Taylor Lewan, NFL Draft Prospect, Facing Multiple Misdemeanor ChargesBy: Tobias Roth - March 21, 2014
One of the top NFL draft prospects, Taylor Lewan, has been charged with multiple misdemeanors. He is a graduate from the University of Michigan, and a previous encounter has finally caught up with him, just months before the draft.
Taylor Lewan was involved in a fight that took place on December 1, following their big game against their rivals, Ohio State. While it is not likely, some are even placing him as one of the top prospects in the draft, and deserving of a No.1 overall pick.
Weeks after the incident, he was interviewed, and said “I wasn’t in any fight. I didn’t hit anybody. I was really just trying to help out a situation and break up something. I can’t really go into any more details than that.” He assured everyone that the truth would come out, and that it would all work out in the end.
Taylor Lewan was allegedly involved in the incident, which occurred on South University Avenue near central campus following their loss. At the time, he was one of several people interviewed by police after an Ohio State fan said he was assaulted outside a downtown Ann Arbor restaurant.
He is the only one who has been charged with assault following the fight. According to the report, he could be facing one charge of aggravated assault, and two charges of assault and battery. Lewan is scheduled to appear at an arraignment at 9 a.m. on April 8th, in Ann Arbor’s 15th District Court.
In Michigan, assault and battery is a misdemeanor punishable by 93 days in jail or a fine of up to $500. However, aggravated assault is much worse, and if that stands, he could face one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
Lewan started 48 games at left tackle in his Michigan career, a team that has had success in recent years. He was also named the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2012 and 2013. However, after being charged with multiple three misdemeanors, his draft status could be ruined.
Taylor Lewan was a two-time All American, and is considered one of the top three offensive tackles in the draft. If he is charged with aggravated assault, he will not be eligible for the draft. Did this incident ruin his career?
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