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NFL player with Albany ties arrested over weekend
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ALBANY - A former Albany athlete and current NFL running back is accused of a felony.

The Capital Region knows Dion Lewis best from his years at Albany Academy and, more recently, the Philadelphia Eagles, but over the weekend, Albany police met the athlete under different circumstances.

Dion Lewis, and his brother Lamar, were charged with falsely reporting a fire and reckless endangerment early Sunday morning.

A department spokesman says they were called to the Hampton Inn, where Dion was a guest, because of belligerent behavior.

According to police, the hotel locked them out so the brothers were banging on the door and then pulled a fire alarm.

The Philadelphia Eagles issued a statement from Lewis regarding the incident.

"I want to apologize to my family, the Albany community, the Eagles organization and fans, and to the NFL for my involvement in an incident this past weekend," Lewis said in the statement. "It was never my intention to cause any public alarm or damage any property. I am sorry for any embarrassment and inconvenience that my actions have caused. I am committed to continuing to conduct myself in conformance with the high moral, ethical and professional standards that I have my entire life and of which so many others rightly expect of me. Because the matter is still in the hands of the court system, I cannot comment any further."

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