Former five-star and current USC receiver Joseph Lewis was facing a felony charge for domestic abuse when he was arrested about two weeks ago. However, now he won’t be facing a felony charge for his arrest, a spokesman for The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office told ESPN.
Lewis was suspended from all team activities at the time, but with this conclusion being reached, it is not far off to think that he will be re-instated and should be allowed to practice with the team during the spring. This was USC’s statement at the time of the arrest:
“USC takes all reports of domestic abuse seriously and is cooperating fully with the law enforcement investigation. While this student code of conduct issue is being investigated, the student has been suspended from all football-related activities. Student disciplinary records and student conduct proceedings are confidential at USC and protected by law.”
Lewis’ case was referred to the Los Angeles city attorney’s office and they are now reviewing the case to see if Lewis should be charged with a misdemeanor. Had he been charged with the felony, he could have faced up to four years in prison.
A Los Angeles native, Lewis was ESPN’s No. 1 receiver prospect for the class of 2017. Moreover, he was ranked as the 16th best from an overall standpoint.
As a freshman, he caught four passes for 39 yards.