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Posted on: August 23, 2011 1:21 pm
Edited on: August 23, 2011 11:17 pm
 

No charges filed in LSU meeting with police

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The four LSU players involved in last Friday's Baton Rouge bar fight have met with police, CBS affiliate WAFB has reported, and no criminal charges have yet been filed.

Starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson -- along with Jarvis Landry, Josh Johns, and Chris Davenport -- visited the Louisiana State Police Headquarters Tuesday in order to meet with investigators. According to both players' attorney Nathan Fisher and police, no arrests were made at the meeting nor charges filed.

"There were no charges promised and no charges not promised," Fisher told the Times-Picayune. "After today, I think they have some more investigating to do."

Batron Rouge police chief DeWayne White spoke to the media Friday afternoon, saying that one victim had suffered three broken vertebrae and that it was BRPD's "hope and aim" to gather enough evidence to make arrests in the case. But that point has not arrived yet, and White warned that that point might not arrive immediately.

"Until we're able to sift through the evidence, sift through the statements and arrive at the truth, that may take some time," White said. "Will we give fast results? We will not, because it doesn't work like that."

White confirmed that BRPD had obtained video from the scene outside Shady's bar, but that it does not show the fight itself. He added that the investigation has been further hampered by conflicting reports and a lack of "objective" witnesses.

Police spokesman Donald Stone reaffirmed, however, what he had stated Monday: that he expects both simple and second-degree battery charges -- the latter a felony -- to be filed "when the case is concluded." Stone has confirmed that the parties injured in the fight "have expressed a desire that those responsible for their injuries be arrested."

According to several alleged witnesses who spoke to WAFB, one of those players was Jefferson. But with Tuesday's meeting having come and gone without an arrest and a report from TigerSportsDigest that the senior QB was not in fact involved with the brawl, things have begun to look up for him.

Some information used in this post was originally reported by the Associated Press.
Posted on: August 22, 2011 11:29 pm
 

Police settle on possible charges for LSU players

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 22, 2011 1:49 am
Edited on: August 22, 2011 2:14 am
 

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

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.
Posted on: August 20, 2011 10:00 pm
Edited on: August 21, 2011 2:05 pm
 

Report: Jordan Jefferson to be arrested on Monday

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." 
 
 
 
 
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