Yet another off the field distraction that the Dallas Cowboys will have to deal with as they prepare for training camp.
This time, it’s rookie cornerback Jourdan Lewis, who will stand trail for one charge of domestic violence next week.
Lewis attended a pretrial hearing Thursday morning, where he and his attorney made it clear that they will fight the charge.
Lewis was charged with the misdemeanor last March after a late-night altercation with a women who was his girlfriend at the time. The women told police that Lewis grabbed her by the neck and held her to the floor for roughly three seconds before leaving the apartment that they were both living in.
Lewis claims any contact made with the woman was in attempt to leave the apartment.
Police said they saw no viable injuries when they arrived at the house.
The trial will begin Monday in Ann Arbor’s 15th district court. John Shea, Lewis’ attorney told reporters that “some cases have to be tried. This is one of them.”
Lewis was at the Cowboys facility earlier this week and didn’t know if he would be joining the team in California for the start of training camp this weekend.
The charges didn’t stop the Dallas Cowboys from selecting Lewis in the third round of the 2017 Draft. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters that the organization investigated Lewis’ situation thoroughly and were satisfied with his track record of character off the field.
This the second complaint of domestic violence brought on Lewis.
Lewis told reporters last April:
“I completely think that all charges will be dropped and I think I will be exonerated from everything,” he said. “I’m completely innocent. I believe that wholeheartedly. And I’m just going to have to see what happens in my next trial date.”
This is the latest of string of events that have created a distraction around the Dallas Cowboys. Earlier this month, it was reported that star running back Ezekiel Elliott could be bracing or a suspension from the league for his involvement in a domestic issue that stemmed from his time at Ohio State.