Chicago Sun-Times

Lance Louis declines to discuss assault charge in San Diego

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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.

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I know its a question you have to ask, but only morons talk to the press about an ongoing criminal charge.

Anything they tell you can be used against them.

Talking to you ain't worth it. Nothing good will come from it.

Its hard to tell what really happened behind closed doors, as far as what San Diego state's Nick Sandford did to provoke Lance Louis. I heard it was something like Sanford poked him with a stick, whatever that means? What Louis did was wrong, but on the other hand, you mess with a guy [poke him with a stick??], and chances are, most guys will retaliate. Thats just the way it is. Ask Fred Miller about his jaw a couple seasons back. If this Louis is a stone cold maniac, you cut him. But I doubt he is. Chicago obviously knew of the incident pre-draft, and still drafted Louis. Its just a mistake Louis made in college, and now he's got to pay the consequences.

It is unfortunate, as far as the assault charges. Chicago obviously saw something in Louis to keep him on the 53 man roster. The potential is certainly there in Louis. The guy has got great athleticism for a lineman, he ran a 4.8 40 and has a 30-inch vertical jump at 300lbs. Louis also has power as he put up 30 reps on the bench press. As a 7th round draft pick, Chicago must have saw something in Louis play during the pre-season to keep him on the 53 man roster. They cut vet Dan Buenning in favor of Louis also. Chicago needs a young prospect like Louis to develop for their line, and the potential is there in Louis. Hopefully Louis learned his lesson, and him and the Bears can put this all behind them after Louis is charged and pays his debt GO BEARS!!

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