|The mug shot of Eagles RB Dion Lewis, who was arrested Sunday morning in Albany, N.Y., on a felony charge of falsely reporting an incident. (Courtesy of Albany Police Department)|
Lewis and his older brother, Lamar Lewis, were arrested at 4:40 a.m. Sunday after allegedly banging on the locked glass doors at the Hampton Inn and then pulling the fire alarm.
Both men were charged with falsely reporting an incident, which is classified as a felony, and misdemeanor reckless endangerment of property. Police said Dion Lewis was intoxicated when officers arrived on scene but was cooperative.
Dion Lewis was released following his arraignment, while Lamar Lewis remains in custody.
A 2011 fifth-round draft pick out of Pittsburgh, Lewis appeared in 15 games for the Eagles last season, primarily playing on special teams, averaging 21.6 yards on 31 kick returns. In limited snaps on offense, Lewis carried the ball 23 times for 102 yards and one touchdown. He added one reception for minus three yards.
Lewis is expected to compete with 2012 seventh-round pick Bryce Brown and undrafted rookie Chris Polk for a backup spot behind LeSean McCoy while also vying against undrafted rookie receiver Damaris Johnson for the duties as primary kick returner.
UPDATE: Lewis is scheduled to appear at Albany City Court on Wednesday.
The Eagles released a statement Monday concerning Lewis' arrest.
"We are aware of the incident involving Dion Lewis over the weekend in Albany and have since spoken to Dion and his representatives about it," the statement read. "They have a good understanding of the serious nature of this matter and understand the embarrassment it caused to not only himself, but the entire organization."
Lewis later issued an apology through the team.
"I want to apologize to my family, the Albany community, the Eagles organization and fans, and to the NFL for my involvement in an incident this past weekend," Lewis said. "It was never my intention to cause any public alarm or damage any property. I am sorry for any embarrassment and inconvenience that my actions have caused.
"I am committed to continuing to conduct myself in conformance with the high moral, ethical and professional standards that I have my entire life and of which so many others rightly expect of me. Because the matter is still in the hands of the court system, I cannot comment any further."