Former Colorado Buffalo Alex Lewis has been practicing with the Nebraska football team this spring. He’s looked the part of a player who can contribute for the Huskers. However, he’s going to have to pay a penalty for his poor decisions in Colorado.
Boulder District Judge Patrick Butler handed down a sentence of 45 days in jail and two years probation. According to the Boulder Daily Camera, Butler saw Lewis’ schoolwork as an encouraging factor, but still felt there needed to be consequences for the transfer’s actions.
“…I got to tell you, even though I think you are trying to accept responsibility for this, there is some minimizing still. I don’t think a couple of pushes did this,” Butler said during the sentencing.
Lewis is on an incredibly short leash. He has to complete 100 hours of community service and be evaluated for possible anger and substance abuse problems. Fortunately, Nebraska may be the place for him to heal if he does have problems such as these. Running backs coach Ron Brown has been known to touch the lives of countless young men who’ve donned the scarlet and cream.
While Nebraska does need help on the left side of the offensive line, more importantly, Lewis needs a family. If the culture of Nebraska football has offered nothing else over the decades, it’s a sense of family. Hopefully Lewis can put this in the past and get back to playing the game he loves.