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Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

Posted on: August 22, 2011 1:49 am
Edited on: August 22, 2011 2:14 am
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Looks can, of course, be deceiving. But there's no question things currently look bad for Jordan Jefferson.

LSU's senior starting quarterback will, at least, not be arrested Monday following his involvement in Friday morning's Baton Rouge bar fight; a scheduled meeting between police, Jefferson, and three other Bayou Bengal players (Jarvis Landry, Josh Johns and Chris Davenport) has been delayed until Tuesday, at the request of the attorney of the four players.

But that attorney has not ruled out an arrest at that time, and if police believe it is still "likely" they book one of the "individuals associated with the fight" (as officer Donald Stone said Sunday), that player could well be Jefferson.

According to a Stone statement late Sunday, police were told by "multiple witnesses" that one of the football players involved in the fight had kicked another individual in the head -- though Stone declined to specify which football player the witnesses had named. The victim was eventually taken to the hospital.

But despite Stone's reticence, witnesses speaking to television station WAFB -- with one notable exception -- were willing and able to name Jefferson as the player who'd delivered the kick to the head. The description of the incident, according to the WAFB report (emphasis added):
Several people who claim to have witnessed the incident tell 9NEWS that around 2 a.m. Friday, a young man driving a truck blew his horn to get a group of people blocking the driveway to move out of the way at Shady's Bar on East Boyd Ave.  That's when they say a group of people pulled the driver out of the truck and began beating him.  That's when they say a Marine who had just returned from training ran to assist the driver and was beaten and thrown to the ground.  Multiple people who claim to have witnessed the incident tell 9NEWS LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson then kicked the Marine in the head. 

One young man who gave those same details to WAFB 9NEWS also told the same details to Baton Rouge Police.
It's very much worth noting that that account isn't the only one of the incident; "at least one witness" told WAFB that Jefferson was not involved in the fracas and never threw a punch.

But putting the proverbial 2 and 2 together seems to equal trouble for Jefferson all the same. We know that witnesses have already told police that a football player kicked someone in the head. We know that several alleged witnesses -- at least one of which has also repeated that account to the police -- have told WAFB that it was Jefferson kicking that someone in the head. And we know police felt secure enough in their initial round of interviews to call a second-degree battery arrest "likely."

Does all of that add up to the arrest that might keep Jefferson out of the epic season opener against Oregon? Not yet, it sure doesn't. Jefferson's attorney has suggested that police have yet to speak to witnesses that might have differing accounts of the incident, and it's entirely possible that either the player-in-question isn't Jefferson or that police won't bother with an arrest for whatever reason.

What we can say for certain is this: whatever the eventual fallout, the events of last Friday morning aren't going to do any shred of good for LSU, or Jordan Jefferson.
Comments

Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: August 22, 2011 12:43 pm
 

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

Popular perception notwithstanding, the fact is that . People who recognized Jefferson may (or may not) have succumbed to some of the foibles of human memory. I'm going to wait until Jefferson is charged, tried and convicted before I decide on his guilt. The evidence is not in yet. Heck, he hasn't even been charged yet.



Since: Apr 26, 2011
Posted on: August 22, 2011 12:42 pm
 

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

I think Gregg Doyle will blame the incident on Ohio State.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2011 12:18 pm
 

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

He's guilty lets make no mistake about that, and now lets hope the NCAA grows a spine and throws him out of college sports for good! Of course after the civil authorities have had their way with him! Cuffs come in steel only and one size does fit all, be careful in the showers JJ there are some really nasty men inside not silly boys with delusions of their own self importance!



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: August 22, 2011 12:17 pm
 

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

Respect means everything, and if you disrespect me, that means I must do everything possible to earn that respect back by whatever means to show that I'm a man.
This is easily the most ignorant comment I have ever read on this site, bar none. The rest of Terfra's post was comical at best. Hopefully he was only joking. If not, he's the joke.



Since: Dec 9, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2011 12:12 pm
 

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

It is obvious why Jordan Jefferson kicked the marine in the head because if he had "thrown" a punch.... he wouldn't have connected!



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2011 12:10 pm
 

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

He's guilty, of that I have no doubt, and with all good fortune the NCAA, to save some credibility will punish him, hopefully severely after the civil authorities have chewed the bones a while and spat what's left of him out!



Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2011 12:09 pm
 

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

Am I the only one who finds it hilariously ironic that alcohol is legal?



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2011 11:54 am
 

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

Classy post, LSUSMC.  Too many people are willing to look the other way when it's one of their own players, especially one of their stars.



Since: Dec 30, 2010
Posted on: August 22, 2011 11:52 am
 

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

Wow...hopefully you were being sarcastic with this comment. If not, I hope you don't have children or nephews and nieces or anyone younger who looks up to you.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2011 11:52 am
 

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

Terfra1, as you say,
Respect means everything, and if you disrespect me, that means I must do everything possible to earn that respect back by whatever means to show that I'm a man.

A real man will be confident enough in his manhood that he doesn't feel that he "must do everything possible to earn that respect back by whatever means to show that I'm a man."  If he felt like his manhood was threatened by a truck horn, he really isn't very secure in his manhood at all.  Jefferson didn't make himself look like a man--he made himself look like a whiny little punk who needs to go back home to momma.


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