Posted on: August 26, 2011 11:25 am
Edited on: August 26, 2011 1:54 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Shortly after arrest warrants were issued for LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson and linebacker Josh Johns on Friday morning, both players turned themselves into Baton Rouge police. Both will be charged with second-degree battery, which is a felony charge.
After the warrants were issued, LSU issued a release on Friday morning, announcing that both Jefferson and Johns have been suspended indefinitely by LSU.
"Jordan and Josh have been suspended indefinitely," head coach Les Miles said in the release. "We will continue to cooperate with the authorities in an effort to find out exactly what took place during the incident.
"As sad as this incident is, it's important that we learn from this and that we take away a valuable lesson. This has weighed on all of us. It's time for us to come together as a team and focus on what we are here to do."
The Jefferson suspension means that Jarrett Lee will likely be LSU's starter in the team's season opener against No. 3 Oregon on September 3.
This news comes after a week of speculation about what took place in a bar fight involving a number of LSU players. There had been a report last weekend that four LSU players were going to be arrested on Monday, but that did not happen and instead the four players were interviewed by Baton Rouge police on Tuesday. Police then investigated the homes of different LSU players on Wednesday, including Jefferson's where 49 pairs of shoes were confiscated.
Witness reports claimed that Jefferson had kicked a man in the head during the altercation.
Posted on: August 22, 2011 11:29 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
While we're all still waiting to find out more about what took place in a bar fight on Thursday night in Baton Rouge that reportedly involved a number of LSU players, including quarterback Jordan Jefferson, word leaked on Monday night that the police had settled on possible charges for four LSU players.
"Our investigation has led us to believe that both simple battery and second degree battery will be the appropriate charge when the case is concluded," police spokesman Don Stone said late Monday.
Now what Don Stone didn't say is that four LSU players will definitely be arrested, though if the police have determined what possible charges they'll be filing against the players, you have to think they plan on making the arrests. As I said in my post on this over the weekend, a simple battery charge is a misdemeanor. The second degree battery charge is a felony.
The initial word was that Jefferson and offensive lineman Chris Davenport would be charged with second degree battery, while starting defensive tackle Josh Downs and wide receiver Jarvis Landry would be charged with simple battery.
Again, none of these four players has been charged with anything yet, but considering the report over the weekend and officer Stone's words on Monday night, it seems as if it's only a matter of time before those charges are filed.
Posted on: August 20, 2011 10:00 pm
Edited on: August 21, 2011 2:05 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
On Friday we reported that LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson had been involved in some kind of bar fight with teammates on Thursday night, though at the time we didn't know any details of the scuffle, or what exactly happened. Well, while the details of the fight are still unknown for the most part, there's one report that doesn't bode well for Jefferson or his teammates.
According to a report in The Times-Picayune, Jefferson will be one of four LSU Tigers to be arrested on Monday.
The report says that Jefferson and his teammates will face battery charges. Specifically, Jefferson and offensive tackle Chris Davenport will be charged with second degree battery. Defensive tackle Josh Downs, a starter, and wide receiver Jarvis Landry will be facing a simple battery charge. Simple battery is just throwing a punch or slapping somebody, and it's a misdemeanor.
That's not the case with second degree battery, which is a felony charge. It's a charge that is usually reserved for instances in which the victim suffers some kind of injury like a broken bone or needs to be hospitalized. According to the Baton Rouge police, four people had to check into the hospital to be treated for injuries after the fight.
The Times-Picayune report has been disputed -- to an extent -- by a Sunday Baton Rouge Advocate story, which states Jefferson, Davenport, Downs, and Landry will be reporting to BRPD for an interview at 9 a.m. Monday. BRPD officer Donald Stone did not confirm that the interview would result in arrests, saying it was still "early in the investigation," but did not rule them out. He did say that "one individual associated with the fight likely would be booked" on second-degree battery charges, but delined to say who.
The police also said that there were between 15 and 20 members of the LSU football team involved in the fight, but by the time police arrived, most were gone.
If Jefferson and his teammates are indeed arrested on Monday odds are that they will not be available for LSU's season opening game against Oregon.
A "disappointed and mad" Les Miles spoke with reporters Saturday, apologizing for his players' actions and vowing it would not happen again. Both Miles and LSU athletic director Joe Alleva suggested that in addition to internal discipline, further disciplinary actions would be taken once law enforcement completed their investigations. Miles did not rule out suspensions for multiple players in addition to Jefferson.
"[Senior starting center] T-Bob [Hebert] was [present] too, and there were a bunch of other guys," Miles said. "This was a team violation, not just a guy."
Posted on: February 1, 2011 1:46 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
It's a good thing Purdue wide receiver Cortez Smith finished his senior season in 2010, because if he had any eligibility left, there's a strong chance he'd find himself on the bench for a few games next season. Smith was arrested on suspicion of battery on January 26 after allegedly punching a man in the face outside a bar in West Lafayette on January 21.
According to witness reports, Smith had been involved in an argument with a man outside of Brothers Bar and Grill, when Wabash College student Charles Kelly tried to intervene and calm things down. Kelly was then thanked by Smith with a punch to the face. A punch that left Kelly with some facial fractures.
"According to everyone else, (Kelly) was not aggressive and never touched Cortez," said West Lafayette detective Troy Harris. "We're not sure of the exact exchange of words or what was said. We do know that Cortez punched him in the face once. The facial fractures were the result of that one punch."
Smith was released from jail on a $5,000 surety bond. Charges have not been filed as of now, but that's because the county prosecutor is still reviewing the case. Also, the severity of Kelly's injuries will have a say in what charges are filed, if any. Batter causing bodily injury is a Class A misdemeanor in Indiana, but battery causing serious bodily injury is a Class C felony. I don't know about you, but I'd consider "facial fractures" to be a serious bodily injury.