The Nebraska Cornhuskers thought they had struck it rich after Colorado offensive lineman Alex Lewis announced that he would transfer to Lincoln. They thought they added even more depth to an already stout front five. But they may have just inherited a world of trouble.
According to the Lincoln Journal-Star’s Brian Christopherson, Lewis and Colorado quarterback Jordan Webb may be charged with second-degree assault following their arrests last weekend in Boulder.
Multiple witnesses claim to have seen Lewis push a much smaller man into a brick wall late at night before throwing him to the ground and punching him repeatedly. The victim was unable to recall the altercation when questioned by police.
Of course, these are just accusations at this point. The trial is forthcoming, and it is anyone’s guess whether he will be convicted of a felony.
Despite the haziness surrounding Lewis’s legal status, one thing is for certain: There is no place for Alex Lewis in the Nebraska football program.
It is no secret that the Big Red has endured its fair share of off-field problems over the years. Lawrence Phillips, Richie Incognito and who can forget that pesky dog that Ndamukong Suh had to swerve to miss at 2 a.m. in downtown Lincoln? Certainly the Huskers are unfortunately well accustomed to sketchy player behavior off the field.
But this is one source of drama and distraction that Nebraska can do without.
Still in the courtship period, this should be the time for Lewis to prove his worth to the Nebraska coaching staff, not raise red flags. After all, despite announcing his intentions, he had yet to officially transfer to the university and join his new team. He was still making his first impression, and what an impression it was.
And now Bo Pelini and his staff must wonder whether this is what they are signing up for.
Even though Lewis’s lawyer insists this is an anomaly amidst his client’s otherwise model behavior, how is Nebraska supposed to react to this sort of behavior arising from a prospective player, nevertheless an Alex Lewis who is settled into his new home in Lincoln?
The Huskers quite clearly have enough pressing issues on the field. The last thing they need is off-field distractions. So no matter what Lewis has done for the Buffaloes on the field, it is about time for Pelini to tell the hopeful transfer, “Thanks but no thanks, we have seen quite enough of your antics already.”