Michigan offensive lineman Taylor Lewan, expected to be a high draft pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, was found defending himself on Christmas from allegations of assaulting an Ohio State fan. Lewan, who was questioned by police about an alleged incident outside an Ann Arbor restaurant recently, denied any involvement in an assault in an interview with The Arizona Republic.
“I’m not going to get into too many details,” Lewan told the Arizona Republic. “I wasn’t in any fight. I didn’t hit anybody. I was really just trying to help out a situation and break up something. I can’t really go into any more details than that.”
Lewan is being accused of punching an Ohio State fan after tripping while exiting a restaurant. Lewan allegedly punched the man in the face and to the ground, at which point he was then kicked by another unidentified person. Allegedly, Lewan than punched the man in the ribs. Security video camera footage from the restaurant was reviewed by police but the owner of the restaurant says no clear evidence to support the claim was recorded.
“I didn’t hit anybody or do anything like that,” Lewan said. “My focus is here. I’m sure the truth will come out and it’ll all work out.”
Michigan is in Arizona preparing for the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against Kansas State.