ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) NFL prospect and former Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan has been charged with assault and battery, stemming from a confrontation with two Ohio State fans on Dec. 1 after the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines.
Lewan is scheduled for an April 8 arraignment on one count of aggravated assault and two counts assault and battery.
He was asked about the night in question during a news conference at the league’s scouting combine.
”I wasn’t in any fight,” Lewan said two months ago in Indianapolis. ”I was actually breaking something up. Some guy said I slugged him. That’s not who I am off the field. It’s not the kind of person I am. It might seem that way because of the way I play football but it’s not who I am.”
A text message seeking comment was sent to Lewan on Thursday. He is expected to be a top pick in the NFL draft later this spring.
One of Lewan’s former linemates, Graham Glasgow, was suspended Thursday by Michigan coach Brady Hoke for part of spring practice and the season-opening game against Appalachian State Glasgow’s name is on an open criminal complaint, though no charges have been filed, according to the Ann Arbor Police Department.
Hoke said Glasgow violated team expectations in a statement. Hoke declined to provide more details when he spoke to reporters Thursday at a previously scheduled availability.
”There’s lessons that are learned,” Hoke said.
Hoke hasn’t decided if Glasgow will be eligible to participate in the spring game on April 5.
”I’ll think about it and work with Graham through this,” he said.
Glasgow started all 13 games last season – nine as a center and four at left guard – in his third year with the Wolverines.
”Each of our young men understands the standard we expect of them,” Hoke said in a statement. ”It’s one that represents this great program and university, as well as their family and teammates. When their actions don’t reflect that standard, it’s very disappointing, and we must hold them accountable for their decision while helping them learn a valuable life lesson
Associated Press reporter David Goodman in Detroit and Sports Writer Michael Marot in Indianapolis contributed to this report.