Following his playing career at the University of Michigan and before getting his named called in the 2017 NFL Draft, news broke in March that former Wolverines defensive back Jourdan Lewis was facing charges of domestic violence.
The charges stemmed from a March 15 in his then Ann Arbor residence in which he got into an altercation with his then girlfriend, that escalated quickly. Lewis learned on Tuesday in court that would not be facing any further punishment.
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— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 26, 2017
Here is an excerpt from Michael Rothstein of ESPN on details of the alleged incident involving Lewis and his ex-girlfriend.
The case centered around Lewis throwing pillows at his accuser that struck her in the face and whether any malicious contact occurred following the pillow throws, or if Lewis was trying to leave the apartment to deescalate a fight.
The incident began over a light that was left on while Lewis was sleeping; upon returning home around 12:30 a.m. on March 15, 2017, Lewis’ then-girlfriend woke him up after seeing the light on. That led to an argument about finances that escalated.
It was a six-person jury that deliberated on Lewis’ case for roughly an hour and a half before unanimously finding the cornerback not guilty of the charges pressed, ending a court trial that lasted nearly two days. Rothstein in his piece also details how the accuser’s mother, who testified on behalf of the prosecution, played a big role in their respective lines and making constant efforts to help them with their finances.
The former Detroit Cass Tech standout was among the better defensive backs in the entire country, let alone in the Big Ten, over his final two seasons at Michigan, eventually earning All-American and first-team All-Big Ten honors twice, on top of being named the best defensive back in the conference.
Lewis was one of 11 Michigan players selected in the NFL Draft this past Spring. He was selected in the third round (No. 92 overall) by the Dallas Cowboys.