Former Patriots Star Dion Lewis Arrested After Florida Casino Incident

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Former New England Patriots running back, Dion Lewis, faced charges on Monday following a tumultuous incident at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Florida. Lewis, noted for causing a disturbance and obstinately refusing withdrawal from the premises, was subsequently arrested.

The Seminole Police Department (SPD) officers charged the 32-year-old with trespassing around 2 p.m. Transferred to Hillsborough County Jail, Lewis was released at 11:48 p.m., after a $500 cash bond was posted. More specifics pertaining to his arrest have been kept under wraps and it has been confirmed that no one was injured amidst the incident.

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The Monday occurrence comes on the heels of an unrelated accusation, earlier this year, concerning an attack on a security guard at a strip club in New York State.

Well-regarded for his sporting prowess, Lewis harks back to his prime as part of Tom Brady’s team during the iconic 2017 Super Bowl victory over the Atlanta Falcons. In an exhilarating game, the Patriots pulled off an overtime win with a final score of 34 to 28.

Lewis’ illustrious career includes three seasons with the Patriots, followed by stints with the Tennessee Titans and the New York Giants. Prior to his tenure with the Patriots, he played two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, adding the Cleveland Browns and the Indianapolis Colts to his resume.

Earlier this year, Lewis transitioned from the field to a coaching role as a volunteer assistant for running backs at the University of Albany football team. However, an incident in June at a strip club led to his dismissal from the coaching position and a subsequent ban from Nite Moves Gentlemen’s Club in Latham, NY.

During the event at the strip club, a security guard alleged that he was punched in the side of the head by Lewis while attempting to eject him from the premises. The aftermath of this incident saw the University of Albany parting ways with Lewis.

Originally from Albany, Lewis kickstarted his football journey locally before advancing to play for the University of Pittsburgh between 2009 and 2010. His initial year saw Lewis acquiring multiple accolades, including National Freshman of the Year as designated by the Sporting News and CBSSports.com, Offensive Freshman of the Year by College Football News, and a second-team All-American title from the Associated Press.

Come next year, he was one of the top five prospects for the Heisman Trophy as named by the Sporting News, but his season fell short of expectations leading to his decision to enter the NFL draft without a college degree. His professional journey saw him being picked as the 149th overall in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL draft by the Eagles. However, after a ten-year-long career, Lewis bade farewell to NFL in 2021.