A University of Colorado quarterback was arrested while out with Alexander Lewis, who was a lineman until Friday, when he announced he was leaving for Nebraska.
Jordan Webb and Alexander Lewis are facing assault charges after witnesses said another man was knocked unconscious when Lewis shoved his head into a brick wall and both men pushed the victim to the ground as they punched him.
According to a Boulder police report obtained by The Daily Camera, Webb and Lewis, both 21, were arrested Saturday on suspicion of second-degree assault. Lewis also faces two counts of harassment.
According to police, the victim, Lee Bussey, 22, was walking back to an apartment with a woman around 3 a.m. Saturday when Bussey and Lewis bumped into each other.
Police say that led to an argument and a shoving match.
A witness told police Lewis repeatedly shoved Bussey into a brick wall, causing his head to hit the wall several times. The witness told police Webb then came and the two men shoved Bussey to the ground and began punching him.
Officials said Bussey had no recollection of the incident and was bleeding from the head. He was taken to Boulder Community Hospital and received stitches.
Lewis told police they had been in Denver celebrating a friend’s graduation. He and Webb then took a taxi back to Boulder and were walking home when he bumped into Bussey.
Lewis told police Bussey tried to throw a punch at him but missed, so he shoved him away. He said Bussey got up and tried to throw another punch, so he again shoved him to the ground. Lewis said at no point did Webb ever get involved in the shoving.
Investigators said Lewis told them he drank six glasses of wine, 10 beers, and six shots the night of the fight.
Lewis’ attorney, Donald Brenner, said at a hearing Monday that his client was wearing Nebraska Cornhuskers apparel, which may have led to him being “accosted.” He added that Lewis only shoved Bussey.
“He might not have handled the situation properly, but he’s a kid,” Brenner said. “It’s a really sad event for a really nice kid.”
Meanwhile, Webb’s attorney, Lou Rubino, said his client’s involvement in the altercation was “non-criminal.”
“I believe Mr. Webb will be exonerated,” he said. “It’s not who he really is. He’s been a good kid in high school, at Kansas and at CU.”
Webb was Colorado’s primary starter last season, throwing for 1,434 yards and eight touchdowns with eight interceptions.