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Lions issue statement on Amari Spievey arrest in Connecticut

Posted by ttwentyman on March 27, 2013 – 4:26 pm

The Lions made headlines for the wrong reasons last offseason and some players have admitted that the number of off-the-field run-ins with the law were a distraction.

That’s why Wednesday’s news that Lions safety Amari Spievey was arrested Tuesday in Connecticut should be a bit disheartening to an organization that’s tried to put this type of headline in the rearview mirror.

Spievey was arrested after a domestic dispute over child support (according to the Middletown Press).

Spievey was charged with third-degree assault, risk of injury to a child and disorderly conduct, per the report.

The girlfriend, Lisamarie Santos, was also charged with risk of injury and disorderly conduct for her involvement.

The Lions issued this statement:

“We are aware of the reports involving Amari Spievey. We are in the process of gathering more information and will have no further comment at this time.”

Spievey just signed a new one-year deal with the team earlier this month.

He played in only five games last season because of a concussion but has started 26 games for the team since they took him in the third round of the 2010 draft.


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44 Responses to “Lions issue statement on Amari Spievey arrest in Connecticut”

  1. By Josh on Mar 27, 2013 | Reply

    Cut him and show to the rest of the guys this behavior is unacceptable. He was injured and didn’t deserve a contract anyways. He was not good at safety as he was a converted corner. Enough is enough though, give him the slip.

  2. By Steve on Mar 27, 2013 | Reply

    This conduct is unacceptable. This was a issue that caused us so many problems in the past. A statements need to made here!!

  3. By Sagmich on Mar 27, 2013 | Reply

    Cut him loose before he is arrested again. Show the team there is zero tolerance for any type of bad behavior. He was not that great anyway.

  4. By gb on Mar 27, 2013 | Reply

    Agree. Get gone. Not tolerated anymore.

  5. By Richard Alan Heyman on Mar 27, 2013 | Reply

    Man it is time the Lions get rid of these punk players that embarrass a team who is trying to pull their name and reputations out of the gutter. Spievey and Delmas contributed next to Zilch to the team the last 2 years. The Lions should have signed
    Charles Woodson to play Safety for another 2 years, and train their crop of CB Rookies from Last Year’s Draft. They should trade Delmas for a decent draft pick and just release Spievey.

  6. By Dennis on Mar 27, 2013 | Reply

    Cut him NOW make this a statement to the rest of the team ZERO tolerance if this happens to you YOU WILL BE CUT!!

  7. By Beetle on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    Yep. Cut him now. Otherwise, Fairley, LeShoure, etc… may start to think that they can behave badly again. We had the mishaps last year and gave these guys a second chance, but we did cut one player for his troubles and we let Titus Young go for his attitude and problems, so get rid of Spievey to show not only the team but also the rest of the league and us fans that we will not tolerate this kind of behavior. He should have gotten the picture after last year’s dealings. “nough said.

  8. By Mike Barnett on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    Enough is enough, like 2pac said All Eye’s On Me. And yes all eye’s are on Detroit and it’s player’s. The Organization need’s to take a stand on it’s player’s, and guy’s need to know that they need to grow up and team’s are not taking this any more!

  9. By Black Wolf Standing on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    We still have the draft. We signed two good safeties – Glover Quin and Louis Delmas. We have four other safeties on the roster.

    It’s time we cut our losses and let Spievey go. He’ll be missed in a rotation, but we got to show everybody that we are not putting up with stupid.

    Worst case scenario: Wait to see how court goes. If he’s guilty, cut him. Not guilty, keep him. Anything else, look at the facts in the case and go from there.

  10. By Maneac on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    All these cut him posts are hilarious you lot must be missing teeth you knee jerked so hard.

    It’s a domestic issue that is yet to be proven. Get some perspective people.

  11. By Drekka on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    Cut Him???? Absolutely Not!!!

    We don’t know what happened there…

    Being Charged with something doesn’t mean you have done anything at all!

    Or much of anything that garners such a charge… (trumped up charges do happen, especially against players…)

    So all this talk about……. CUT HIM! needs to stop… especially without proof!!!

  12. By Raymond on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    Why the rush to judgement? The press always puts out bshit.It appears both parties were part of some type of discord. Wait and listen .

  13. By Hogfish on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    Last year many issues went unchecked.
    Going into the draft, this does not need to be restarted.
    The Lions need to nip this in the bud fast, before it grows.

  14. By stephanie on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    I agree with all you folks get rid of him now the team dont need negative people we need positive. GO LIONS

  15. By phil tennison on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    you don’t even know what happened.. The media will turn anything into a story to sell papers, even add a few facts….
    Before you linch him, get all the facts first

  16. By Dan on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    Later Amari, this is the pro’s, where your entire life is an open book, hence the players bloated paychecks.

  17. By Robert Ballard on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    Agree with others, that the organization needs to affirm it’s message from last season. He should never have put himself in that postion. No loss, as others are better S than him.

  18. By Mike on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    Another prime example of a poor human being.

  19. By DnDaDen on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    Too quick to jugde.Yall should be ashamed.

  20. By Aaron on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    Everyone saying to cut him, go here:
    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000154522/article/amari-spievey-girlfriend-arrested-for-alleged-fight-over-money
    Read the full story, then act like you know what your talking about ?
    Smh, if you can honestly say they should still cut him then you have no sense of right and wrong.

  21. By mitch on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    I read the article…this is not worthy of cutting him loose…no guns, drugs, Alcohol, or even any real violence on his part…I say keep him!

  22. By Aaron on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    Mitch ^ thank yoou! I would’ve done the same thing in his situation, i mean what was he supposed to do?

  23. By Mike Barnett on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    I understand where you are coming from Aaron, but he put himself in a bad situation. We’re talking about a 2yr old daughter, looking at the both of them getting in to it over money. But he was wrong for hitting her also and that’s what they look at, that you don’t stay there and get into it with her you get out, you don’t stay there and fight. You must have better judgement.

  24. By sputzie on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    self imposed 4 game suspension for him, if it happens again cut him.

  25. By Aaron on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    Whys it wrong that he pushed her and not that she was hitting him and potentially her own daughter? Their parenting has nothing to do with the charges, they shouldn’t have got into it in front of their daughter. However, if she instigated it and initiated conflict, why isn’t it self defense for him and in the case of his daughter. It’d be endangering his child to give her to his girlfriend in that situation, why do women want equality only when it works in their favor. If he were to actually hit her there wouldn’t just be a little red mark, and just because there is doesn’t negate the fact that she assaulted him? Word against word isn’t enough to press charges.
    I understand what you’re saying, but that just doesn’t make any logical sense to me.

  26. By Black Wolf Standing on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    This looks like the best move is to wait for what happens in court.

    I will say this: Spievey has some muscle tone on him. If he would have punch Lisa Santos hard, there would have been serious bodily injure done to her. Lacking any serious injury, Lisa’s story sounds weak at best and Spievey’s side lookd truthful. I would have to almost fully agree with Spievey’s story.

    And if that is the case: Spievey should get a pass and stay on the team. But he does need to take care of family business so that this doesn’t happen again. Maybe toss Lisa out on the street? She certainly sounds like she deserves it.

  27. By kyle on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    DONT CUT HIM. if we cut every person who got arrested or into a little trouble wed have no team. his girlfriend was arrested to or at least charged. its a 3rd degree charge which means he didnt hit her, he probably threw something at her, and whose to say she didnt start it. Dont cut him. All you guys want us to draft offensive tackle and if we do, we need to put him back at CB since we will likely have to pass on Dee to get a good OT. I know we put him at saftey cuz he was better at ss then cb but now we need some cb’s if we dont get Dee which i say we should still do. take yor 2nd through 7th picks and trade for a high 1st round so we can do both. Otherwise idk. good qb’s can play without a line, we know that. look at baltimore. but you cant win a super bowl without a defense, again, look at baltimore.

  28. By Josh on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    Guys it doesn’t matter what he was arrested for it matters that he WAS arrested. Do we wait until a team member shoots, robs, beats, or harms a person until we cut them? We’ve struggled with immaturity long enough and he needs to be made an example of.

  29. By DaLions on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    There’s only 2 players on the team that should and would get a free pass! Everyone else 1 and done!

  30. By LIONGUY2028 on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    He is a victim of being at the wrong place at the wrong time!!!! No need to cut him. I think he should be given a chance. From what I read it was not his fault, she started the whole thing first…….GOLD DIGGING @#%$!

  31. By NastyNate on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    This is a B.S. charge against him. He was holding his child while trying to stop a lunitic from hitting him and the child. He should not even be charged with a crime, let alone lose his job over this. This is not drugs or guns and most of us have been in a heated argument with our ex’s before and understand how it could easily escalate out of control. Let’s at least let the courts sort this out before we get rid of this guy.

  32. By considerpeace on Mar 29, 2013 | Reply

    Hold your horses folks! Put down the torches and pitch forks until all the info is in.
    Adrian Peterson was involved in a mishap last off season, nothing major, but the little scandal boys in the press TRIED to blow it out of proportion. If you guys were running the Vikes, who knows, your knee jerk reaction might have been to cut him (of course with the benefit of hindsight, you would never admit to that now), so take a pill and wait how this plays out…which is NOT the worst case scenario, as one poster put it, but the ONLY way to do it, and certainly the way the Lions will handle it.

  33. By Mike Barnett on Mar 29, 2013 | Reply

    Like I said I do understand where Aaron is coming from. I was one of them that said cut him, but only if he lose his argument in court. Guys have to understand the law, they look at a man size when he hit’s or push on a woman. Then they look at the fact that a child could have easily got hurt! So if it happen’s again yes then you cut him!!!!

  34. By Big T on Mar 29, 2013 | Reply

    WE don’t really know what happened in this situation so they can’t just cut him, but if it comes down to stupidity on his part they will then have to cut him.

  35. By Erik Barlow on Mar 29, 2013 | Reply

    This is not his first time. He needs to be cut, to show that this kind of stuff will not be tolorated. If this team is going to be a dominant winning team, which I know it can, you need to show everyone in the locker room and around the league what type of winning organization you are going to be.

  36. By Hawkeye on Mar 29, 2013 | Reply

    I agree to cut Spievey and any other Lion that breaks the laws. These are suppose to be people that our children can look up to and admire. The players have a responsibility, not only to play the game but to represent the organization and the sport in an honorable manner. Lion coaches and admin allow these guys to get away time and again with unacceptable behavior. Let these players be problems for other teams or better yet, never allowed to play professional sports again! I would rather have a losing season with personnel that are respected than a winning season with a bunch of outlaws.

  37. By Matt on Mar 29, 2013 | Reply

    All you guys calling for his release are plain stupid. He did absolutely NOTHING wrong. Its not his fault he had a child with a psycho gold digger who cant control her temper. Give the guy a break jesus…

  38. By Greg Cole on Mar 30, 2013 | Reply

    This is not good news. Children need to be protected, not put in harms way. However, I’m disappointed in Lions fans posting to this site. Par of what makes our legal system great is that we are innocent until proven guilty. Before cutting Amari, let the courts do their work.

  39. By Big T on Mar 30, 2013 | Reply

    When will people understand you can’t just cut someone for a domestic dispute? All it would do is open the Lions up to more lawsuits. Next time your wife socks you in the eye and both of you go to jail and you get fired from your job for it I guess you wouldn’t sue the company you work for wither right?

  40. By simms on Mar 31, 2013 | Reply

    We don’t know all the facts. His girlfriend may be at fault.. How do we know what she did? Maybe she is a crazy bit@#. Maybe she went nuts on him and started punching him and going nuts.. I had an ex do that to me. Lets get all the info before we walk him to the gallows.

  41. By ghost on Mar 31, 2013 | Reply

    Yup, they need to nip this in the bud.

  42. By Marc on Mar 31, 2013 | Reply

    I would wait until all the facts are in on this one. This isn’t an arrest over drugs, or a DUI, of some other stupid criminal act.. it was a domestic dispute which sounds like both parties were guilty.. I’m not saying just ignore it, but wait until all the facts are in. Otherwise if they set that precedent now then anytime a players girlfriend gets upset and decides to call the cops that player will be fired immediately, think about that for a second.

  43. By ed on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    He’s gone, Bye-Bye!!!

  44. By ghost on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    Rush to judgment is what I say, shoot first ask questions later is my motto.

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