The lawyer for former University of Colorado football player Alex Lewis -- who, along with Buffs quarterback Jordan Webb, is facing charges stemming from a University Hill assault -- backtracked Wednesday on comments suggesting his client may have been "accosted" for wearing Nebraska Cornhuskers gear.

Boulder police arrested Lewis and Webb, both 21, early Saturday morning after witnesses said they were involved in an altercation on the Hill that left a cadet from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs unconscious.

According to a police report, witnesses said Lewis -- an offensive linemen who transferred to the University of Nebraska last week -- pushed 22-year-old Lee Bussey's head into a brick wall, before both Lewis and Webb pushed Bussey to the ground and began punching him.

CU Buffs quarterback Jordan Webb leaves court with his attorney, Lou Rubino, background, on Wednesday after being charged with assault.
CU Buffs quarterback Jordan Webb leaves court with his attorney, Lou Rubino, background, on Wednesday after being charged with assault. (Cliff Grassmick / Daily Camera)

At a hearing at the Boulder County Jail on Wednesday, Webb was charged with one count of second-degree assault, while Lewis was charged with one count of second-degree assault and two misdemeanor counts of harassment.

Both men are free on $10,000 bond.

Following the hearing, Lewis' attorney, Donald Brenner, sought to correct comments he made Monday that his client was wearing Cornhuskers apparel, which the lawyer had said may have played a part in sparking the fight.

"I made a misstatement," Brenner said. "(My client) wasn't dressed in Nebraska gear. I don't know where I got that from. I've been bombarded by the press with so much innuendo. I get confused."

Brenner stood by comments he previously made that his client "was not the aggressor" in the incident. The attorney previously said Lewis shoved Bussey after Bussey threw the first punch.

Brenner said that his client intended to enroll in summer classes at Nebraska, but the criminal case temporarily has put those plans on hold. When asked if he knew how the case might impact Lewis' standing with the football team, Brenner responded, "I'm not the Nebraska coach."

Former CU football player Alex Lewis and his attorney, Donald Brenner, appear before a judge on Wednesday at the Boulder County Jail.
Former CU football player Alex Lewis and his attorney, Donald Brenner, appear before a judge on Wednesday at the Boulder County Jail. (Cliff Grassmick / Daily Camera)

Boulder County Judge David Archuleta granted a request to allow Lewis to travel to Arizona with his mother before his next hearing in the case.

Webb and his attorney, Lou Rubino, left the jail's courtroom without addressing the media.

Both Webb and Lewis are scheduled to appear for preliminary hearings June 3 at the Boulder County Justice Center.

Contact Camera Staff Writer Joe Rubino at 303-473-1328 or rubinoj@dailycamera.com.