$15 cab ride costs ETSU two players; Heyward, Lewis suspended for game vs. Mercer

Joe Avento • Updated Sep 21, 2017 at 10:07 PM

A $15 cab ride will cost the the East Tennessee State football team two players, including a defensive starter, when it plays host to Mercer on Saturday afternoon.

Starting cornerback Jeremy Lewis and backup wide receiver Andrew Heyward were suspended for the Bucs’ upcoming game after the two sophomores were arrested by officers of the ETSU Public Safety Department and charged with theft of services after allegedly failing to pay for a cab ride.

The ETSU athletic department said further discipline will be handled internally.

According to an ETSU officer's report, Lewis and Heyward were driven from Newman’s Cafe and Sports Bar to Buccaneer Ridge Apartments by Cheap Cab Company on Sunday morning. The driver told police the two went into the apartment without paying the $15 for the ride.

The report says two officers “repeatedly knocked at the door,” trying to get the cabbie paid. Despite the officers hearing footsteps and voices in the apartment, nobody answered.

The resident assistant arrived and knocked with no answer. He then used his key to try to open the door. It was slammed shut from the inside and the inhabitants refused to make any verbal contact.

The officers advised Heyward and Lewis they would have to pay for the cab ride or face charges.

Heyward, a converted defensive back, caught the first touchdown pass in William B. Greene Jr. Stadium, the school’s new football facility. His 43-yard reception gave ETSU a 7-0 lead over Limestone College in the stadium’s debut. He has four receptions for 70 yards so far this season.

Lewis played in 10 games as a freshman last season, making three starts.

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