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Posted on: September 21, 2011 1:04 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2011 1:12 pm
 

QB Jefferson to take stand as grand jury convenes

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Jordan Jefferson
will have the opportunity to tell the court his version of the Aug. 19 bar fight that resulted in his felony arrest--in his own words.

That's the news from Jefferson attorney Lewis Unglesby, who per CBSSports.com RapidReporter Glenn Guilbeau told media that Jefferson would be taking the stand himself during court proceedings next week.

 "Usually the defendant doesn't testify, but Jordan has consistently held the same position," Unglesby said. "He didn't do it."

This news arrives as the local court convenes a grand jury to determine whether ot not to indict Jefferson on his felony second-degree battery charge. According to District Attorney Hillar Moore III, the grand jury could elect to indict the senior quarterback, reduce his charges, or throw them out altogether.

"We want the jury to hear all sides so they can make the appropriate charges, if any," Moore said. He added that the level of "misinformation" and "confusion" surrounding the case has made the grand jury testimony necessary so the conflicting witness accounts can be presented "under oath and under the potential penalty of perjury."

Jefferson apparently won't be the only LSU player testifying to his innocence. Moore also revealed that 18 different Tiger teammates had signed "witness testimony" to the effect that Jefferson had done nothing wrong in the bar fight. Michael Bienvenu, attorney for four non-players injured in the fight, did offer that the players coming forward now -- after the arrests have already been made -- "looks suspicious" from his and his clients' point-of-view.

(Not surprisingly, Les Miles was happy that so many members of his team had come to their teammate's aid. But he was also less than thrilled that so many members had eelcted to break the team's curfew in the first place.)

Now, we're certainly no lawyers. But between

1. The lack of DNA evidence indicting Jefferson (and fellow accused teammate Josh Johns)
2. A DA who seems less-than-entirely-confident in the grand jury following through on the felony battery charge
3. The amount of witness testimony that would seem to exonerate Jefferson (even if testimony also exists that would condemn him)
4. A primary accuser who may not be entirely credible

the prevailing legal trend here would seem to be one in Jefferson's favor. It's not responsible to speculate on what conclusions the grand jury might reach -- or what those conclusiosn might mean for LSU, merrily plugging along with Jarrett Lee at quarterback -- but the door towards a Jefferson return at least appears to be open a crack. For now.
Posted on: September 20, 2011 12:58 am
 

DNA evidence inconclusive for Jefferson, Johns

Posted by Adam Jacobi

No. 3 LSU has caught a major break in the August assault case that has kept QB Jordan Jefferson and LB Josh Johns off the field for the first three weeks, as it appears there may not be sufficient evidence linking the two players to the fight. Jefferson and Johns have both been suspended indefinitely since August 26, when both were charged with second degree felonies for their alleged roles in a bar fight that left two men hospitalized.

LSU RapidReporter Glenn Guilbeau has reported that the DNA tests on Jefferson's shoes have been ruled inconclusive by East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore, as have the tests on Johns' shoes. This development isn't quite the same as a full-on exoneration, but it is enough for Jefferson's attorney Lewis Unglesby to declare that Jefferson never should have been arrested in the first place.

Since the assault case is before a grand jury, it's up to that grand jury to decide whether to drop the charges or formally press them, according to Moore. Moore expects the grand jury to meet at least a second time, according to Guilbeau, and does not expect a decision to be made by Wednesday. To that end, it's probably unlikely that Jefferson will be cleared to participate in LSU's game at No. 16 West Virginia this Saturday.

Fortunately for LSU, even if Jefferson were exonerated immediately and allowed to participate in Saturday's contest, there's hardly a guarantee that he would be asked to start, as senior Jarrett Lee has been outstanding in his triumphant return to the starting role at quarterback. In his first three games (including a Dallas game against then-No. 3 Oregon and a road date with then-No. 25 Mississippi State), Lee has thrown for 444 yards and three touchdowns with only one interception in 40-59 passing. Better yet, the Tigers are 3-0 and rolling.

So even as Jefferson had started 27 of his last 28 games before his suspension, and had been considered a lock at starting quarterback before the August 19 assault that Jefferson was allegedly involved in took place, the play of Lee has made Jefferson's return more of a nice bonus than a coming of the cavalry. It will be interesting to see, though, just how long Lee's allowed to stay in a game once Jefferson comes back if the Tigers' passing game starts struggling again. 
Posted on: August 30, 2011 12:15 pm
 

Details emerge on injuries suffered in LSU fight

Posted by Tom Fornelli

LSU is currently without its starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson and linebacker Josh Johns as the two have been suspended indefinitely after being arrested for their role in a fight outside a bar in Baton Rouge. According to witness reports, Jordan Jefferson allegedly kicked a man in the face during the fight, and now a report on ESPN details the injuries suffered by two of the men involved in the fracas.

Andrew Lowery is the man who was allegedly kicked in the face by Jefferson, and he suffered a facial fracture, a concussion, fractured teeth and facial and body bruises in the fight. According to the general manager of the bar where the fight took place, John Peak, Lowery also threw the first punch and had been kicked out of the bar earlier.

Lowery claims that he was merely trying to help an unknown man who was being pulled from his truck by the LSU football players. The man who was pulled from the truck suffered three fractured vertabrae in his lower back, a concussion, fractured teeth and severe cuts and bruises on his face.

What actually happened that night outside Shady's Bar we don't know yet, and it's up to the local police to piece the story together. Still, given the injuries suffered by Lowery and the man in the truck and witness reports, things aren't looking good for Jordan Jefferson at the moment. Regardless of whether or not he started the fight or was merely defending himself. 
Posted on: August 27, 2011 12:10 pm
 

Les Miles' contract extension is official

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The timing seems a bit off considering what's been going on at LSU in the last week with the arrests of Jordan Jefferson and Josh Johns, along with the suspension of Russell Shepard, but the contract extension Les Miles agreed to back in January was made official by the LSU board on Friday

"We are pleased to finalize and recommend this amendment to the contact for Les Miles and present it to the Board of Supervisors for their approval," said LSU athletic director Joe Alleva before the deal was approved on Friday.  "It is important to maintain long-term stability in a program and the goal at the outset of this process was to establish Coach Miles as the leader of our football program for that long-term stability."

While the new deal will not give Miles a raise in his base pay, it does make sure he's likely going to be in Baton Rouge for a while. Aside from Miles contract being extended from 2014 through 2017, the deal also makes firing Miles without cause an incredibly expensive proposition for LSU. Under his old deal the school would have owed Miles $11.2 million, but now if LSU fires Miles without cause in the first year of the deal, it will cost the school $18.7 million.

Though that number does decrease with each year of the contract completed.

Miles also will receive greater bonuses for conference championships and bowl victories. 
Posted on: August 26, 2011 11:25 am
Edited on: August 26, 2011 1:54 pm
 

LSU's Jefferson, Johns suspended; warrants issued



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 25, 2011 3:14 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2011 5:01 pm
 

Police report: witness ID'd Jefferson as kicker

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It's one thing for a television station to report that witnesses have idenitified Jordan Jefferson as the person who kicked a man in the head during a parking lot bar fight. It's another thing for the official police report to confirm that witnesses have told their officers the same thing.

But that's the case for Jefferson and LSU, as CBSSports.com RapidReporter Glenn Guilbeau reports. Per the Baton Rouge police report of the incident outside Shady's bar, a female witness has told BRPD she "knows for certain that she observed Jordan Jefferson kick in the face" a man identified as Andrew Lowery.  According to the witness, Lowery intervened when -- as he has also told police himself -- several LSU players pulled another victim from a black pickup truck and began to beat him.

According to the accounts of both Lowery and the witness, several of those players -- including Jefferson and reserve linebacker Josh Johns -- then attacked Lowery, leading to Jefferson's kick to Lowery's face. The witness also told police she could identify other LSU players present if offered photos to choose from.

Though BRPD has not yet confirmed it, it now seems obvious why officers confiscated 49 pairs of Jefferson's shoes in a Wednesday visit to his apartment; a DNA match between blood on those shoes and Lowery's (or another victim's) would, hypothetically, help confirm the accounts of both Lowery and the witness. According to a source sepaking to the Times-Picayune, police may also be attempting to match Jefferson's footprint to one found on a shirt of one victim.

At this point, it's still far too early to assume any guilt on Jefferson's (or any LSU player's) part. It's still too early to even assume an arrest is forthcoming, given that some witnesses' accounts have differed wildly from the ones offered by Lowery and the witness in question above.

This story from the Baton Rouge Advocate also won't help Lowery's credibility. It reports that -- in a remarkable twist -- his girlfriend has filed a "petition for protection from abuse" stating that earlier that same night, Lowery has tracked her to a bar, "cursed and yelled at her," and struck one of her friends.

It remains worth notingm however, that police spokesman Donald Stone has stated repeatedly he expects charges to be filed once the investigation is complete. What it's not too early to assume is that police have an eyewitness account that could put Jefferson in jeopardy of serious assault charges, and that they're making an effort to corroborate that account.

It's not an exaggeration to say LSU's season could hang in the balance of whether they find that corroboration or not.

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.
 
 
 
 
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