Titans rookie tackle Taylor Lewan put his court case to rest on Monday — receiving one-year probation for a bar brawl that occured last December — but he has other things on his mind.
Like his damaged reputation.
“There is no question it took a hit,” Lewan said, via the Tennessean. “And there is nothing I can do but do the probation, do what’s mandated of me, and do it correctly so that people say, “This guy had structure, and he followed the structure and did what he was supposed to do.”
“But people are going to have their opinions, and the way I play on the field it is real easy for them to call me a dirtbag or scumbag and stuff like that, and that’s fine. But if you see me out on the street I am going to give you a smile, a handshake, and I am always going to be polite.”
Lewan, the Titans’ first-round pick by way of Michigan, originally was charged with misdemeanor aggravated assault and two charges of assault and battery for his role in a bar fight in college. He pleaded down, and will have to perform 96 hours of volunteer work and complete a substance abuse assessment and an anger management program.
For what it’s worth, the legal process, he says, has helped in one major area.
“I have become more of a pro because of this. I understand you are constantly being watched,” Lewan said. “And I understand you have to put yourself in a position to be successful.”
A starter in his first season, Lewan hopefully learned an important lesson: don’t drink and jab. It’s not good for one’s public image.