LINCOLN — Alex Lewis, the offensive lineman who announced on Friday his plan to transfer from Colorado to Nebraska, remained in a Boulder, Colo., jail late Monday afternoon on second-degree assault charges stemming from an alleged drunken 3 a.m fight that left one man “badly injured,” according to a police report.
But Lewis’ lawyer told a Boulder newspaper that the altercation had been blown out of proportion and that Lewis may have been harassed because he was wearing Husker gear.
Lewis, 21, and former CU teammate Jordan Webb, 21, who quarterbacked the Buffaloes to a 1-11 season last year, allegedly beat up 22-year-old Lee Bussey so badly, witnesses say in a police report, that Bussey couldn’t get up. Lewis is also charged with two counts of harassment after being accused in the report of pushing a female witness and calling her derogatory names. A Boulder County judge set Lewis’ bail at $10,000 with a hearing scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday to review filing of charges.
Because of NCAA rules governing transfers, neither NU coach Bo Pelini nor anyone else inside the Husker program can comment on Lewis’ situation, a Nebraska spokesman said. Lewis, the son of former NU offensive lineman Bill Lewis, told media outlets on Friday he’d play his final two seasons in Lincoln after sitting out the 2013 season. Bill Lewis did not immediately return a phone call or text.
Alex Lewis’ lawyer, Donald Brenner, told the Boulder Daily Camera on Monday afternoon that Lewis might have been “accosted” for wearing the colors of his new team, and “didn’t do anything but shove a fellow.”
Brenner told the Camera that Lewis will have to delay enrolling at Nebraska as a result of the incident.
Brenner didn’t immediately return a call from The World-Herald.
According to the Boulder police report, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Bussey was walking and trying to open a can of chewing tobacco when he bumped into Lewis, who along with Webb was walking in the opposite direction. Witnesses say Lewis, 6-foot-6 and 285 pounds according to the Colorado football roster, then pushed Bussey against a brick wall with two hands.
Webb joined the argument, witnesses said. According to the report, Lewis pushed Bussey “three to four times violently enough” for Bussey to bang his head on the brick wall. Witnesses claim Lewis and Webb then started punching Bussey and threw him to the ground. When a female witness tried to intervene, she told officers Lewis pushed her away and called her names.
Later, after Bussey told a witness to call police, the report states that Lewis pushed Bussey into a parking kiosk, roughly the size of an on-the-street mailbox, and Bussey “was unable to get up again.” Shortly thereafter, a witness said, a black SUV pulled up and a passenger inside the car, whom a witness identified as a CU football player, told Webb and Lewis to get inside. But police cars were approaching by then and the SUV drove off without picking up either of them.
According to the report, Lewis told officers that he and Webb were going “bar to bar to bar to bar” celebrating a friend’s graduation, and Lewis drank six glasses of wine, 10 beers and six shots of liquor during the night. Lewis described to police the altercation as Bussey twice swinging at Lewis, twice missing and Lewis twice pushing Bussey to the ground without Webb getting involved. Lewis denied pushing a female witness but did admit calling a female a name.
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