Amari Spievey’s arrest on three charges after a fight with his girlfriend over child support this week is the first legal trouble this off-season for a Detroit Lions player.
It will be coach Jim Schwartz’s first test regarding off-field behavior since he cut cornerback Aaron Berry last July after his second arrest which was the team’s seventh off-season arrest. Berry’s first was a drunk driving charge, his second was three charges of simple assault.
Spievey was charged with third-degree assault, risk of injury to a child and disorderly conduct at the home he shares with his girlfriend in Middletown, Conn. His girlfriend was also charged.
It will be interesting to see how the team handles this situation. Spievey and his girlfriend have hearings scheduled on April 11. Off-season workouts begin April 15.
The Lions issued this statement on Wednesday: "We are aware of the reports involving Amari Spievey. We are in the process of gathering more information and will have no further comment at this time.”
Not so sure domestic issues can be weighed the same as drunk driving or marijuana possession. Although all display incredibly poor judgment.
Spievey, who missed 11 games of the 2012 season with a concussion, agreed to a one-year contract $630,000 with the Detroit Lions two weeks ago.
He’s expected to compete for a backup role for 2013. Free safety Louis Delmas will return after signing a two-year deal. Also the Lions signed free agent safety Glover Quin, formerly of the Houston Texans.