by Brad Biggs
October 13, 02009
Chicago Bears rookie offensive lineman Lance Louis has been charged with misdemeanor assault as authorities claim he attacked teammate Nick Sandford last season at San Diego State University.
Sandford’s father Paul cannot believe it wasn’t a felony.
“We think it was a felony,’’ Paul Sandford said. “We really don’t have any reason to see why this isn’t a felony. They’ve done what they’ve done in terms if what they have charged him with and we’re not the district attorney or the city attorney so there’s not much we can do about it.”
Nick Sandford suffered a fractured cheekbone, concussion and broken eardrum after Louis allegedly attacked him from behind as he sat watching film in a team meeting room. Sandford reportedly incited him earlier in the day by poking him from behind with a stick in the locker room.
The most bizarre part of the while situation is that the incident occurred on Nov. 5 and it wasn’t reported to authorities by the football program for more than two weeks. Ousted coach Chuck Long did not punish Louis, who started the remainder of the team’s games while Sandford, a senior starter this season, was out.
An arraignment will be held Oct. 23 but Louis is not required to attend. The charge is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine. Louis has declined to speak on the matter at the advice of his attorney. Paul Sandford said that civil action by his son remains a consideration, but that right now he is trying to focus on the remainder of his playing career.
Louis, a seventh-round pick who was used at guard and tackle during training camp and preseason, has been inactive for the Bears’ first four games.
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