The Detroit Lions' only major legal hurdle of the 2013 offseason had a calm resolution. Safely Amari Spievey, a starter since 2010, had charges against him dropped by his girlfriend Lisa Marie Santos.
Back in March, long after the time to chase quarterbacks was done, Spievey was arrested in his home state of Connecticut for allegedly placing his hands around Santos's neck and pushing her during a disagreement. Spievey was also carrying the couple's child at the time, which led to his arrest and charges of third degree assault, disorderly conduct and risk of injury to a child. The event looked to be another sizable black eye for the Lions, who had forged an infamous, forgettable recent history on the police blotter.
Now, though, the tide has turned more than a bit since earlier this spring. Spievey has completed programs regarding family violence education and he Santos are back together once more. The situation has calmed down and gotten back to normal, according to his lawyer Michael Dowley.
"He and his girlfriend are back together again and everything's resolved," Dowley said. "Everything's completed and everything's fine. He's really looking forward to this season with the Lions."
This season, as Dowley mentions, will be a bit different for Spievey in Detroit. With additional depth in the system at the safety position, he's not expected to compete for a starting job, but will be in play for backup positions to Glover Quin and Louis Delmas.
Either way, it should be taken as a good sign that the Lions only major offseason run in with the law had a positive ending, after all. In a week that's been dominated by poor headlines regarding NFL players and the law, this was a nice bit of weekend fresh air.
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