BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – University of Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Jordan Webb and former CU offensive lineman Alex Lewis have been charged with second-degree assault after an incident that occurred early Saturday morning.
Both men were in court Monday in Boulder County and faced a small media storm in of attention for the felony charges against them. The police report released Monday says the incident occurred when the alleged victim bumped into one of the players.
Lewis, the starting left guard who announced Friday he was transferring to Nebraska, also was charged with two counts of harassment after his and Webb’s arrest just after 3 a.m. outside of a 7-Eleven on University Hill in Boulder.
“(Lewis) was wearing Nebraska gear on Friday night on the hill when he was accosted,” Lewis’ attorney said.
His attorney said Lewis had just been awarded a Nebraska scholarship on Friday.
“When he was accosted he and Mr. Webb (were) taunted and supposedly, from what he told me, a fellow swung at him. He pushed him a couple of times to get him out of the way,” Lewis’ attorney said.
According to reports, Lewis bumped into the alleged victim in the street and they started to argue. The report said one victim had been knocked unconscious.
“My client didn’t do anything but shove a fellow, who I guess fell,” Lewis’ attorney said.
Lee Bussey, 22, was taken to the hospital, treated and released.
Now facing a felony charge of second-degree assault, Webb could be in jeopardy of missing his entire season this fall.
“We continually stress the importance of appropriate behavior to our players and do not tolerate detrimental conduct in our football program,” CU head football coach Mike McIntyre said in prepared statement. “Once all of the facts come to light, if Jordan is found responsible for any misconduct he will be disciplined according to team rules.”
The CU Athletic Department also released a statement saying disciplinary action could be suspension or being kicked off the team.
In Colorado, second-degree assault is considered a violent crime. It has a mandatory prison sentence if convicted.
Bonds for both men have been set at $10,000. They will be in court again on Wednesday.