Authorities in New York say Philadelphia Eagles back-up running back Dion Lewis was arrested over the weekend following a unruly attempt to enter a locked hotel.
According to CBS News, the 21-year-old athlete and his 35-year-old brother Lamar were allegedly intoxicated and locked out of their hotel in Albany, N.Y., when they reportedly began slamming on the hotel’s glass doors “with such force as to rock them and nearly break them from their hinges.”
Apparently unable to attract anyone’s attention, the duo then decided to pull the hotel’s fire alarm in an attempt to re-enter the building.
The two brothers were charged with falsely reporting a fire (a felony) and reckless endangerment (misdemeanor). Lewis was released after his arraignment. His brother was being held at Albany County jail without bail.
On Monday, Lewis released the following statement addressing his arrest:
“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,” Lewis said. “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.”
Lewis, a fifth-round pick out of Pittsburgh in 2011, was the Eagles primary kickoff returner last season and recorded a career-high 58 rushing yards with his first career touchdown in the Eagles’ season finale against Washington.
For the season, he played in 15 games and finished with 102 yards and 1 TD.
Dion Lewis wasn’t the only NFL running back arrested over the weekend. As we reported earlier, Vikings star Adrian Peterson was also detained by police for failing to a leave a Houston nightclub after closing time.