Dion Lewis: Philadelphia Eagles Running Back Arrested for Pulling Fire Alarm

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 11:  Dion Lewis #27 of the Philadelphia Eagles in action against the Baltimore Ravens during their pre season game on August 11, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJuly 9, 2012

Continuing the trend of athletes doing stupid things, Philadelphia Eagles running back Dion Lewis was reportedly arrested early Saturday morning in Albany, NY, for allegedly assaulting a hotel lobby's glass doors and pulling a fire alarm.

According to local police, via Bryan Fitzgerald of the Times Union, Lewis and his brother were locked out of a Hampton Inn at around 4 a.m. ET on Saturday and proceeded to strike the sliding glass door of the hotel. 

Lewis, who according to police was intoxicated, bashed the doors "with such force as to rock them and nearly break them from their hinges," per the police report.

When Lewis and his brother couldn't get in, they proceeded to pull the fire alarm outside the hotel. They were charged with felony for falsely reporting a fire and misdemeanor reckless endangerment.

Lewis, 21, was selected in the fifth round by the Eagles in the 2011 NFL draft. The former Pittsburgh standout primarily served as a backup running back and kick returner in his first season with Philadelphia in 2011-12, recording 102 rushing yards on 23 carries (4.4 yards per carry) and racking up 669 return yards on 31 attempts.

Lewis issued a statement Monday morning, via

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. 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.

Lewis, an Albany native, starred at Albany Academy before playing for Pittsburgh. He accrued 2,860 rushing yards and 30 rushing touchdowns in his two seasons with the Panthers.

Given the Eagles' tumultuous campaign last season, this certainly can't help matters in Philadelphia.


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