Ronnell Lewis, the Detroit Lions defensive end, was Tazered twice to get him under control in a bar fight in Norman, Okla., early on Saturday according to the Norman Police Department report.
Lewis was arrested on misdemeanor accounts of disturbing the peace, public intoxication and interference with official process.
The police were requested by bouncers at Logans because of a fight involving Lewis and Herve Sivuliu.
Police commanded Lewis to stop and get on the ground. He then swung and connected with Sivuliu with his right fist. The police officer used the Tazer and continued to give commands.
Lewis didn’t stop, so he used the Tazer again. That time he went to the ground. The report says Lewis had the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath and person. His speech was also slurred and thick.
The Lions released this statement: “We are aware of the incident involving Ronnell Lewis. We are in the process of gathering more information and have no further comment at this time.”
Lewis, whose nickname is The Hammer, was a fourth-round draft pick by the Lions out of Oklahoma a year ago. He played in eight games for the Lions last season on special teams. He had two tackles. He was inactive as a coach’s decision for the final seven games.
Because the Lions are short at defensive end, Lewis was expected to possibly see more playing time at the position in the upcoming season.
Lewis is the second of the Lions to be arrested this offseason.
Safety Amari Spievey was arrested in a domestic dispute on March 27. Since then he’s been given the chance to enter a family violence education program. If he completes it, his charges will be dropped.
The Lions became a butt of jokes when they had several offseason arrests in 2012 including two a piece for Nick Fairley and Mikel Leshoure. Cornerback Aaron Berry was cut after his second arrest before the start of training camp last summer.
(Paula Pasche covers the Lions. Follow her on Twitter @PaulaPasche. Read her Lions Lowdown blog at oplions.blogspot.com.)