Former Michigan All-American cornerback Jourdan Lewis, charged last week with one count of misdemeanor domestic violence, pushed his girlfriend to the ground by her throat, and she attempted to prevent him from leaving their apartment by grabbing onto his leg in an early morning incident, according to a police report.
Ann Arbor Police responded to a 911 call at 1:10 a.m. from Nikole Miller, Lewis’ girlfriend the last three years. According to the police report obtained Tuesday by The Detroit News, Miller had no visible injuries, except two scratches, one on her nose and one on her left hand near her thumb. Lewis was handcuffed and taken to the police department where he was photographed and released.
Miller was crying “very hard” when police arrived to interview her at the scene.
She told police she came home at around 12:30 a.m. and found Lewis asleep in bed with the light on and the two got into a heated argument about the light being left on and who pays the bills, according to the police report.
Miller said Lewis threw two pillows and a blanket at her, which hit her in the face. She said Lewis needed to apologize for hitting her with the pillows, but he refused.
According to the report, Lewis said he did throw the pillows “pretty hard” but he had not intended to hurt her. He then got out of bed and went into the closet to get dressed so he could leave.
Miller said Lewis was punching the door from inside the closet, and she told police she went in the closet to make sure he was not damaging it.
“And at some point Lewis stepped on her hair,” according to the police report written by Ann Arbor police officer Thomas Kolpacki. “When I asked Miller how she ended up on the ground she stated she did not know.”
Miller also told authorities Lewis “grabbed her by the neck and held her down on the floor” for about three seconds.
Lewis planned to leave the house and told police he was getting dressed in the closet while trying to hold the door shut at the same time, the report said.
Lewis tried to leave, but “Miller was grabbing onto his leg and stopping him from leaving. Lewis described Miller’s actions as wrapping her arms and legs around his leg to prevent him from leaving,” the report read.
When asked if he grabbed her by the throat, he told police he may have grabbed it while trying to get her off him but had no intentions of hurting her. “Lewis stated at no time was he trying to assault Miller, he was trying to leave,” Kolpacki wrote in the report.
Police indicated there were no visible injuries to her neck, and she did not request or require medical attention.
According to the police report, police had been called to the couple’s residence for a “domestic incident” on May 5, 2015.
Not long after news of the charge broke, Lewis wrote on Twitter: “It’s sad that somebody would want to control you so bad they would ruin your life over it.” He later deleted the tweet.
Lewis, who played cornerback for the Michigan football team, recently participated in the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and is considered a top NFL Draft prospect. Lewis entered a not guilty plea last week in 15th District Court. He is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing April 12.