Mayhew insists character important factor for Lions

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The Detroit Lions have had more than their share of names in the police blotter over the last year-plus.

While high-profile players were arrested a year ago, this offseason defensive end Ronnell Lewis and safety Amari Spievey have been busted. Lewis was arrested last week in Norman, Okla., after police used a Taser to subdue him following an altercation.

General manager Martin Mayhew said Lewis showed up in his office to apologize, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

I respect him for that,” Mayhew said. “But I explained to him how I felt about that situation.”

Since Jan. 1, 2012, there have been six arrests involving the Lions. Spievey was arrested in March following a domestic dispute. Mayhew insisted character is a significant concern for the organization.

“Interestingly enough, there’s this sort of I guess thought that we’re attracting these guys that have all these problems,” Mayhew said. “Ronnell Lewis has never had any problems with the law and Amari Spievey has never had any problems with the law until these last two incidents. So we vet these guys, we get into their backgrounds, we dig into them. It’s unfortunate what happened and it can’t happen again. But it was a surprise to us.”

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