Lions President Tom Lewand talks with NFL commish concerning team's issues

Wednesday June 6th, 2012

Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley faces sanctions from the NFL because of multiple arrests. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Detroit Lions are making headlines for all the wrong reasons this offseason and their team president says he has been in contact with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss it.

“We’ve been active in our participation with the league,” Tom Lewand told the Detroit Free Press. “We’ve handled matters internally, we’ve made our thoughts known publicly about our expectations and the need for accountability and responsibility and, beyond that, I don’t think it makes a lot of sense for us to comment on the details.”

The Lions have had three players get in trouble with the law.

Over the past couple of months, running back Mikel Leshoure was cited twice for marijuana possession Michigan, defensive tackle Nick Fairley was arrested on a possession charge in April and was busted again for driving under the influence of alcohol last month, and offensive lineman Johnny Culbreath was arrested on marijuana charges in January.

All three players are subject to discipline under the league's substance abuse policy and Fairley and Leshoure could face suspension for being repeat offenders. The Lions went 10-6 last year and made the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season.

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