Tag:Jordan Jefferson Arrested
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 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."