Bears rookie offensive lineman Lance Louis offered no reaction to the criminal charges that have been filed against him in San Diego for an assault on a former teammate at San Diego State University.
Louis was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor assault for allegedly attacking Nick Sandford from behind in a team meeting room last season. Sandford suffered a fractured cheekbone, concussion and broke eardrum. Louis faces up to one year in jail and a $10,000 fine if convicted. He will be arraigned Oct. 23.
"I'm not talking about it,'' said the seventh-round draft pick this afternoon in the Bears' locker room prior to practice.
Next, he was asked if he is innocent of the charge.
"I ain't got nothing to say on it,'' Louis said. "I can't talk about it right now. It's a legal matter. It's being handled. That's about it."
Paul Sandford, the victim's father, told the Sun-Times Tuesday night they were disappointed Louis was not charged with a felony. Paul Sandford said Louis has yet to apologize for the incident. Nick Sandford is continuing to consider a civil lawsuit against Louis. The Bears said they were aware of the incident when they drafted Louis, but stressed that no criminal charges had come out of the matter. That's due in part to the fact that ex-Aztecs coach Chuck Long did what he could to bury the matter. The alleged assault took place on Nov. 5 and was not reported to authorities until Nov. 20.