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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.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: August 22, 2011 11:44 am

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

This does surprise me because Jefferson has never shown this side of himself before.  If anything, I thought he was a quiet kid that stayed away from trouble.  If these reports are correct, then I was very wrong and he needs to be charged and kicked off the team immediately.  I have no interest in this type of behavior being associated with my school.  My guess is that the Marine was not in uniform at that time of the morning so whoever kicked him just thought he was someone getting involved.  Not really a difference in kicking a man when he is on the ground, whether he is a Marine or not.  The fact that someone would do that is disgusting.  If that someone happens to be my QB, then I hope like hell he becomes a former QB. 

Since: Sep 1, 2009
Posted on: August 22, 2011 11:28 am

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

Southerm thug?  A thug is a thug doesn't matter where you live.  Your statement screams narrow minded and small intelect. I am a LSU fan and Jefferson deserves to be thrown off the team.  South has nothing to do with the incident.

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2011 11:12 am

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

typical southern thug players

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2011 11:10 am

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

Blowing your horn to get someone to move? A clear sign of disrespect. As we all know, repect is the most important part of growing up in America today. 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. I mean, sure, the young man could have shown some maturity and class by moving out of the way, but then he would have been branded a coward. It's important to keep this model of "respect" intrinsically important to young people. That way, any time slightly insults you, or accidentally gets in your way, or makes a poor joke, or makes you look bad in any way, then you have the clear right to jump him, beat him, maim him or even kill him. The great thing, is that you get to decide when you've been disrespected, and then you can act out. Disrespect can be a coach sitting you, a girl jilting you, maybe even a guy blowing his horn at you. As long as we keep protecting our level of "respect", we'll be OK in this world. You go, Jordan!

Since: Jul 18, 2010
Posted on: August 22, 2011 11:05 am

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

Well, thank god all this guy did is kick someone in the head during a fight, and not get a tattoo.

Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: August 22, 2011 10:53 am

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head


Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2011 10:47 am

Don't forget..

This is CBS... one of your MSM liberal supporting sites and they ain't gonna say anything about race, unless it's against whites.  Then that dog will hunt til it drops.

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2011 10:38 am

How do rumors get started?

Maybe you read a different article.  This one says, "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."  Nothing about 'just returned from duty'.  How do rumors get started???

Since: Feb 2, 2010
Posted on: August 22, 2011 10:34 am

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

Its interesting how there are conflicting reports of his involvement to the news people, yet none of these people saying he wasn't involved have said as much to the police thus far.  Obviously that will come out but it sure seems like they're lying at this point.

Since: Aug 22, 2011
Posted on: August 22, 2011 10:25 am
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