With the 2017 NFL Draft less than 6 weeks away in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, defensive backs have become the topic of conversation but not for the usual reasons. While cornerbacks and the safety position are always in demand and a dire need of an NFL franchise, this year the positions have seem to be cursed with injury and legal drama. The chaos started when Washington Defensive Back Sidney Jones hurt himself in his Pro Day. This lead to discussions of whether or not players should risk working out for NFL Executives before receiving their first big contract.
Today, the position took another hit and this one is far closer to home when it was announced that Michigan Defensive Back Jourdan Lewis will be facing a violence charge. The accusation, whether or true or false will have lasting ramifications on Lewis and his future.
Lewis was slated to be a first round pick in the upcoming draft. After a stellar career at the University of Michigan, he displayed excellent skills at the NFL Combine and has been on the wish list of many NFL teams until early this morning. At 1 am, Ann Arbor, Michigan police went to Lewis’s residence for a domestic violence call. When the police arrived, they were not initially able to determine who was the responsible party at the scene. A subsequent investigationled to a misdemeanor assault charge against the star athlete.
Whether or not Lewis is guilty of the charge is up for debate. There are rumors that his girlfriend was upset with him and to extract revenge she wanted to hurt his draft prospects. There are other rumors that the charges are valid and Lewis crossed the line. Sadly, for Lewis, whether he is guilty or not NFL teams are likely to be weary of investing a high draft pick and millions of dollars with this charge looming. In the wake of Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, Josh Brown and many other players that have been accused and/or convicted of such charges, teams may not want to give Lewis a second chance before his first play on the field.
There is no question that he can get the job done on the field but there is debate on how he behaves off of it. While domestic violence is certainly unacceptable, one would hope that the facts are presented before a conviction in the court of public opinion is made.
Bill Amadeo is a partner at the law firm McManus PLLC in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In addition to his duties at the firm, he also owns and operates BAT Tutoring in Lansing, Michigan. Bill is currently working for “We Love Dexter” on a number of different aspects. He can be reached at: Amadeo@McManuspllc.com.