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Jazz Center Al Jefferson’s Girlfriend Arrested For Going All Marv Albert On Him

(mug shot courtesy of the Salt Lake County Jail)


According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Shirley Lewis, the live-in girlfriend of Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson, was taken into custody and booked into Salt Lake County Jail just before 9:00 p.m. Thursday night for allegedly hitting Jefferson and biting him on the back (hence the Marv Albert reference — uh, “YES!”? No? No).

According to a probable cause statement, a verbal argument at Jefferson’s Cottonwood Heights home between Lewis, 38, and Jefferson, 26, escalated to violence when she allegedly hit him and bit him on the back. Two children were present at the time, police say.

“The police department was called to a residence [Thursday] night on a report of domestic violence,” said Cottonwood Heights Sgt. Dan Bartlett. “Officers arrived and determined that domestic violence was in fact committed and arrested a female.”

Lewis was bailed out of jail shortly after going into custody, but reportedly skipped out on her arraignment hearing scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Friday morning. According to the report, Judge Augustus Chin said he would wait until the end of the day to see if Lewis shows up before determining what further action will be necessary. My guess is if Ms. Lewis doesn’t show up at the courthouse before the end of the day, she could very well find herself back in the slammer. One question, though: if the county jail isn’t in Salt Lake City proper, will police be obligated to give her a ride FROM DOWNTOWN?

Okay, that’s enough of that. This is a very serious issue, especially in light of the fact that Lewis’ children were present during the alleged incident. Let’s hope, more than anything, that those kids come out unscathed from the ugly scene they unfortunately had to witness.