MSU linebacker Leo Lewis arrested

Leo Lewis
Staff Writer

Mississippi State linebacker Leo Lewis was arrested early Friday morning on a disorderly conduct charge.

According to a press release from the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Office, Lewis was arrested at 12:58 a.m. at Aspen Heights Apartments. The arrest came after deputies were dispatched in response to a large crowd of people and cars blocking streets. While clearing the streets, a vehicle driven by Lewis attempted to push through traffic despite deputies requesting traffic exit in the opposite direction. Lewis was then taken into custody after several attempts to gain his compliance. Lewis was processed, then released on a $483 bond.

Mississippi State released a statement in response to the arrest of Lewis.

“We are aware of the situation involving Leo Lewis earlier (Friday) morning,” the statement read. “We are still collecting information and will have no further comment at this time.”

Lewis had 46 tackles last season for the Bulldogs, including one sack. It was a step back for the Brookhaven native after he was picked as a Football Writers Association Freshman All-American in 2016 when he notched 79 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and a sack.

Lewis has made headlines away from the football field in his MSU career before.

He was a central figure in the NCAA’s case against Ole Miss as the NCAA charged that, as a recruit, Lewis was given between $13,000 and $15,600 from an Ole Miss booster and received free merchandise from Oxford-based clothing store Rebel Rags. Lewis is currently a defendant in a lawsuit brought forth by Rebel Rags accusing Lewis and others of intentionally providing false statements to the NCAA.