Lewis was arrested June 4 in Ohio on driving under influence charges.
“It’s a legal process,” the head coach said in his first public comments since Lewis, 23, was arrested on June 4 in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, on a charge of operating a vehicle with impaired.
Police suspected Lewis of being under the influence of alcohol and found 0.2 grams of marijuana in his car, according to a police report. Lewis, who was in attendance Friday as the Giants had their final organized team activity (OTA) practice, did not make himself available to the media after the session.
Lewis entered a not guilty plea earlier this week in writing. He has a pre-trial meeting scheduled for July 20, according to the Licking County Courthouse’s online database, and a tentative trial date of July 24. If Lewis’ case goes to trial, it would do so several days before the Giants report to training camp. The team’s exact report date has not yet been announced.
Former Giants wide receiver David Tyree, now the team’s director of player development, told reporters Tuesday there was more to Lewis’ story than has been reported, but he offered no specifics. McAdoo declined to elaborate on Tyree’ comments.
“We’re going to let the legal process play itself out,” McAdoo said. He repeated that line again when asked for his personal reaction to Lewis’ arrest, before allowing that “we have to make sure we put ourselves in good situations.”
Lewis, a Pickerington, Ohio, native, is subject to the league’s personal conduct policy due to his arrest. He could be fined or suspended, regardless of the eventual legal outcome of his situation.
Lewis was signed as a rookie free agent by the Giants out of Bowling Green last year. He went undrafted due to character concerns related to rape allegations he faced while in high school.
Lewis was charged with two counts of rape in high school. A jury acquitted him on one count, but deadlocked on the second. He eventually pled guilty to a misdemeanor for falsification and was sentenced to three years probation, which was set to expire last September.
Lewis had seven catches for 97 yards and two touchdowns last season as a rookie. He was also a key special teams player and one of four Giants wideouts who made the infamous New Year’s Day trip to Miami that became Boatgate prior to the team’s wild card playoff loss to the Packers.