Report: Colorado's Webb and Lewis knocked man unconscious in fight
[dropcap]C[/dropcap]olorado quarterback Jordan Webb and former Buffs offensive lineman Alex Lewis were arrested Saturday on suspicion of second degree assault, and Lewis was charged with two additional of harassment.
At the time, the only thing known was that the arrests were related to an incident that occurred late Friday or very early Saturday, but the Boulder Daily Camera has obtained a copy of the police report and published details of the incident.
Lewis and Webb were allegedly involved in an altercation with Lee Bussey, identified in the police report as a 22-year old student at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
Witnesses say that Bussey was walking back to a Boulder apartment around 3 a.m. as Lewis and Webb were walking in the opposite direction. Bussey and Lewis bumped into each other, and a shouting match ensued.
Bussey’s friend told police that Lewis shoved Bussey into a brick wall repeatedly, causing his head to hit the wall several times. The friend said that Webb then came in and both men pushed him to the ground and punched him.
From the Daily Camera:
The friend said Bussey told her to run, and she ran back to the apartment to get help and returned to the alley. At this point, witnesses said they saw Lewis grab Bussey around the throat and throw him into a parking kiosk, knocking him unconscious.
The witnesses said a black SUV then arrived on scene and a passenger told Lewis and Webb to get into the vehicle, but it left without them when police arrived, according to the report.
Witnesses identified the SUV passenger who called out to Lewis and Webb as another CU football player, but, according to the report, police did not confirm that or interview the occupants of the SUV.
Bussey was taken to Boulder Community Hospital and received stitches. Officials at the scene said Bussey had no recollection of the incident and was bleeding from the head. His friends said that he had been drinking that night.
Lewis told police that Bussey tried to punch him but missed, and Lewis shoved him away. He said Bussey got up and tried to punch him again, so he again shoved him to the ground. According to Lewis, Webb did not get involved in the shoving at any point.
According to Colorado’s roster, Lewis is 6-foot-6, 285 pounds. The police report noted that Bussey is 5-foot-11, 185 pounds.
The police report stated that Webb and Lewis had been in Denver celebrating a friend’s graduation. Lewis told officers that he drank six glasses of wine, 10 beers and six shots of various other alcohols that night. He did not know how much Webb had to drink.
Officers were unable to speak with Webb because of behavior, and had to place him in a holding cell.
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. First-year coach Mike MacIntyre was optimistic that Webb could return sometime in September. Now, his future is far more more uncertain.
“Jordan’s exact involvement in this incident is still being investigated,” MacIntyre said in a statement.
“We continually stress the importance of appropriate behavior to our players and do not tolerate any detrimental conduct in our football program. Once all of the facts come to light, if Jordan is found responsible for any misconduct, he will be disciplined according to team rules.”
Webb, a senior, began his college career at Kansas. He threw for 1,434 yards with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions last season.
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.
MacIntyre’s statement said that, as of Friday, Lewis was no longer a member of the Colorado team and that “it will be up to Nebraska to decide what discipline he might face.”
Lewis’ attorney, Donald Brenner, told the Denver Post on Sunday that he was gathering information about the incident.
“From my preliminary investigation, my client got involved in a bad situation,” Brenner said. “Justice will play itself out.”
There was no word from Nebraska on Lewis’s standing. He has to sit out the 2013 season due to NCAA transfer rules regardless of his legal standing, and would have two years to play two in 2014.
Webb, and Lewis, both 21, remain in custody at the Boulder County Jail.
In Colorado, second degree assault is a felony and considered a violent crime. If convicted, it carries a mandatory prison sentence.
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