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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: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2011 8:21 am

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

Kick this piece of garbage off the team already!  First of all, he's a horrendous QB.  Secondly, he's a piece of sh*t off the field that wouldn't be within 50 miles of a college campus if he wasn't attempting to play football.

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: August 22, 2011 7:53 am

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

akr2, hopefully you aren't serious? Imagine if that was your kid brother or your son who got pulled from the truck or was the Marine who got kicked in the head. Trying to compare this incident with the Chinese dust-up is just ludicrous and stupid. You may think the players don't deserve any punishment, but I'm sure the police won't be sweeping this under the rug. And in light of all the recent scandals, you know the NCAA will not let this just go away either, they are heavily in favor of trying to clean up their tarnished image, and LSU might be their guinea pig.

Tell you what, when that Marine recovers, let's have him and the guy who kicked him go one-on-one. Better yet, let's have four Marines get to beat on him for a while, that might teach him a lesson.

Grow up.     

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: August 22, 2011 7:14 am

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

They should all be kicked off of the team and serve jail time.

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2011 6:45 am

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

Yee-haw!.... Just another hell raisin night for the boys down in the Bayou!!... Ruh-roh... It's not all fun and games anymore when you start kicking Marine's in the head, after they're down on the ground...  This is going to get real interesting for these 4 kids, especially Jefferson... We'll see what shakes out after meeting with the police, but it's not looking too promising for the Senior (wow!) starting QB or the LSU program...

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2011 6:31 am

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

Can we assume that the victims in this incident are white, although no agency or writer has dared to mention it? Let's see what we have have been told so far....A group of youths attack and pull a single individual from a car for blowing a horn. A bystanding marine tries to jump in and help the guy who is getting beaten by a gang. Sounds a lot like the Wisconsin State Fair. Perhaps the victims are not white. We don't know yet.  However, you can bet if the situation was reversed, the racial identity of the participants would have been the primary focus of the news article. Grown men. 

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: August 22, 2011 6:13 am

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

How many people on the Chinese basketball team got indicted for kicking the Hoya players. They probably gave them medals. Was anyone seriously hurt? Get over it.

Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: August 22, 2011 6:12 am

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

Here I thought, you know, school hasn't started, the team has been banging and it's boredom, let's get the season started already. If Jefferson did, it's downright assult. Just when I thought this kid will grow up this year, has a chance for a NC and then an act like this happens>? CRAZY

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: August 22, 2011 6:08 am

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

Stop letting these guys be complete degenerates and suspend him after the facts are sorted out.

Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: August 22, 2011 3:59 am

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

They beat up a Marine and kick him in the head for helping a guy who wanted them to get out of the way? What a bunch of punks. Don't just suspend them for a few games...kick them out of college and revoke any possibility of future scholarships. 

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