Every year it seems that a well-known athlete falls from the fans’ good graces for one reason or another. That may be why it is refreshing when a player who has been accused of domestic violence is later found not guilty. Unfortunately, as some Colorado families are aware, this type of behavior and allegations are not uncommon.
Jourdan Lewis, who is just starting his rookie year with the Dallas Cowboys, recently had his day in court regarding allegations by a former partner that he had abused her. According to the complainant, Lewis had thrown pillows at her during a disagreement. Reportedly, Lewis had retired for the evening and left a lamp on in their home. When his girlfriend returned home, the couple started arguing over their finances. At some point during the heated discussion, Lewis purportedly threw some pillows at her.
She claimed during a statement to police that he had also allegedly placed his hands on her throat and that she was sore from the confrontation. Lewis had stated that he merely attempted to leave the residence in order to keep the disagreement from escalating further. According to officials at the time, there was no physical evidence that indicated any violence had occurred.
Lewis did not offer any testimony during the jury trial, and after deliberating for approximately an hour and a half, the jury found that he was innocent of committing any violent acts against the woman. The owner of the Cowboys stated that he was pleased with the outcome and believed that his new cornerback was a man of upstanding character. While this case resulted in the accused being acquitted of domestic violence, every situation is different and deserves careful consideration in order to protect any victims. Colorado families who may be experiencing these types of difficult circumstances are entitled to seek the guidance of an experienced and compassionate family law attorney in order to ensure the safety of all involved.
Source: ESPN, “Cowboys Rookie CB Jourdan Lewis found not guilty in pillow-related domestic violence case“, Michael Rothstein, July 25, 2017