Posted by Jerry Hinnen
As it turns out, the now-infamous melee in the Shady's parking lot isn't the only fight LSU's players have been involved in this summer. But at least Les Miles can say this: this time, it's someone else facing criminal charges.
According to the Baton Rouge Advocate, the local district attorney will be pursuing charges against a pair of men involved in a June 5 altercation with Tiger defensive end Sam Montgomery and quarterback Zach Mettenberger. Though those are the only two players named in the report, other players were believed present and are expected to be witnesses in the case.
The police report from the incident states that Montgomery and a man named Robert Davis were fighting in the parking lot of a Baton Rouge apartment complex when Davis associate Marcus Adams pulled a gun and pointed it at Montgomery. When Mettenberger attempted to intervene, Adams pointed the gun at him as well. Per the DA, Adams and Davis will be facing the only charges filed as a result of the incident.
According to Montgomery's account, the fight began when Davis's and Adams's Jeep had circled the apartment complex several times, leading to an argument. Montgomery said Davis then got out of the vehicle to confront him. After both Montgomery and Mettenberger had pleaded with Adams not to fire the gun, Davis and Adams got back into the Jeep and allegedly fired multiple shots as they drove away.
Police arrested the pair after responding to another apartment where Adams reportedly fired the gun again. Montgomery and Mettenberger were brought to the scene to identify Davis and Adams, who were booked on charges of simple battery, aggravated assault with a firearm, illegal use of a weapon and carrying a firearm on school property.
Adams told the Advocate that the incident began when a football player he knows only as "Ego" approached the Jeep "in a belligerent fashion, cursing, and demanding to know why they were there." Ego Ferguson is a freshman defensive tackle with LSU, but is not named in the police report. Adams admitted to pulling the gun but denied he fired it as the Jeep left.
So what does all this mean for LSU's football team? Not much--with no charges filed against any Tiger player and police seeming to agree that Davis and Adams were the aggressors, Miles can't be considering any serious punishment for his players' involvement.
But given that the fight occurred in a parking lot at 2:30 a.m., it won't do much for the Tigers' now very healthy reputation for staying out late enough to let trouble find them, even when they're not necessarily looking for it. While Miles (like any and every college football fan) is no doubt grateful nothing more serious happened during the incident, he'll also no doubt have yet another message to deliver about the wrong and right places to be in the wee hours of the morning.