Attorney: Ex-Colorado player Alex Lewis not wearing Nebraska gear at time of assault
[dropcap]C[/dropcap]olorado quarterback Jordan Webb and Alex Lewis, a Buffs starting offensive lineman who last week announced that he was transferring to Nebraska, appeared at a hearing at the Boulder County Jail on Wednesday where Webb was charged with one count of second-degree assault, while Lewis was charged with one count of second-degree assault and two misdemeanor counts of harassment.
Boulder police arrested Lewis and Webb early Saturday morning after witnesses said they were involved in an altercation that left a cadet from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs unconscious.
On Monday, Lewis’ attorney Donald Brenner told reporters that Lewis was wearing Nebraska gear at the time of the incident and that may have led to his client being “accosted.” Brenner corrected that statement Wednesday.
“I made a misstatement,” Brenner said. “He wasn’t dressed in Nebraska gear. I don’t know where I got that from, but I got called out on it.”
Brenner maintained his claim that his client “was not the aggressor” in the assault.
Lewis had planned to begin classes at Nebraska this summer, but Nebraska coaches have not commented on the situation and it remains to be seen if his arrest affects his standing with the Cornhuskers. Asked if his client’s scholarship was in jeopardy, Brenner said that is uncertain at this point.
“I don’t know. I’m not the Nebraska coach,” he said. “Talking to the Nebraska people, they’re waiting to see what the outcome will be.”
Judge David Archuleta granted a request to allow Lewis to travel to Arizona with his mother before his next hearing in the case, according to the Boulder Daily Camera.
Webb and his attorney, Lou Rubino, left the jail’s courtroom without speaking to the media.
According to a police report, witnesses said that Lewis pushed 22-year-old Lee Bussey’s head into a brick wall repeatedly, before both Lewis and Webb threw him to the ground and began punching him. Lewis then grabbed Bussey around the throat and throw him into a parking kiosk, knocking him unconscious.
Lewis told officers that Bussey threw the first punch and missed, and Lewis simply shoved him out of the way. Bussey then threw a second punch and missed, and Lewis shoved him away away.
Police placed Webb in a holding cell to control his behavior and he was unable to provide a statement at the time of arrest.
Lewis is listed on the Colorado roster at 6-foot-6, 285 pounds. According to the police report, Bussey is 5-11, 185.
Webb was the Buffaloes starting quarterback the majority of last season, and was No. 1 on the depth chart this spring until he tore his ACL on April 9.
He recently underwent surgery, and the initial rehab process was going well. CU coach Mike MacIntyre was optimistic that Webb could return sometime in September.
MacIntyre released a statement on Monday that said Webb’s involvement in the case “is still being investigated.”
Lewis, a rising junior, started all 12 games last season at left guard and was CU’s top returning offensive lineman. He was expected to start at left tackle this season, but announced last week that he decided to transfer to Nebraska, where his father, Bill Lewis, was an All-American lineman in the 1980s.
Webb and Lewis are scheduled to appear for preliminary hearings June 3 at the Boulder County Justice Center.
Both men are free on $10,000 bond.
Below is video of Lewis and Webb making their court appearance and Brenner’s statement to the media courtesy of the Daily Camera: