NFL suspends, fines Lions president Lewand

Posted July 30, 2010 @ 9:47 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The NFL has suspended Lions president Tom Lewand for 30 days and fined him $100,000 for violating its personal-conduct policy.

Lewand was arrested June 25 for operating a motor vehicle while impaired following a charity golf tournament in northern Michigan. After failing a field sobriety test, Lewand took two breathalyzer tests, which registered blood-alcohol levels of .21 and .20, more than double the state's legal limit of .08.

Lewand pleaded guilty to charges of impaired driving on July 9 and was sentenced to six months of probation with $870 in fines and costs.

Lewand's suspension will begin Aug. 25, and he will be prohibited from attending the Aug. 25 league meeting in Atlanta, he may not be present at the Lions' facilities, may not attend games and is not permitted to represent the team publicly, other than at specified community service activities focused on alcohol abuse and safe driving.

Lewand will also submit a proposed plan of community service.

In a statement released by the team, Lewand said: "I remain committed to accepting all of the consequences of my actions, including those in the commissioner's decision. I am deeply grateful for the support I have received from the Ford family, the Lions organization, numerous colleagues and many of our tremendous fans.

"Most important, my focus today is on moving forward to help our team and our organization prepare for an exciting 2010 season."

Lions owner William Clay Ford, also in a prepared team statement, said, "Tom continues to have my full support. I applaud him for the way he owned up to his mistake and for how he has openly and positively dealt with this situation.

"We have a strong organization, thanks in large part to Tom's leadership since he became team president, and I am confident that our organization will be able to operate efficiently until Tom returns from the league-imposed sanction."


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