Four LSU football players have retained top Baton Rouge defense attorney Nathan Fisher, whose first act was to postpone a police interview schedule for this morning until tomorrow.
Starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson along with offensive lineman Chris Davenport, linebacker Josh Johns and receiver Jarvis Landy, are going to be questioned about their role in an early Friday morning fight outside a Baton Rouge bar. Four people wound up in the hospital with minor injuries after the fight.
Multiple LSU players were involved — which is why Les Miles has forced his whole team to do extra running — but the four sought by police have been identified by multiple witnesses.
Worse, our inbox has filled up with reports and claims that Jefferson was seen kicking the head of a marine who tried to break up the brawl. Nice. That’s a heckuva way for Jefferson to pay back Miles who has spent the entire offseason talking up his senior quarterback.
Baton Rouge police confirmed that one victim had been kicked in the head by one of the players, but they would not identify the kicker or the kickee.
All four victims do plan to press charges. Yesterday, BRPD spokesman Sgt. Don Stone said police are “not ruling out the fact that (the players) could be arrested on battery-related charges.” Fisher, the players’ attorney added: “Everything is wide open. It is still possible they could be arrested.”
Sgt. Stone also said that more players could be interviewed later in the week. One source claims that as many as 50 Tiger football players went out (after curfew) to celebrate the end of two-a-day practices.
“Preliminary investigation information indicates that the fight started after an individual — one of the four injured — blew his horn to move a crowd out of his way in the parking lot (of the bar),” Stone said. “Based on statements given by all persons interviewed, police learned that members of the LSU football team were involved in the fight. The exact number of players present during the fight has not yet been determined.”
Police say they have obtained no cell phone or security camera video of the fight as of yet.
All this just 12 days before LSU opens its season — and its possible run at a national title — against #3 Oregon in Arlington, Texas. Perhaps Miles’ luck is starting to run out.
The coach has excelled in Baton Rouge thanks to a number of against-the-odds gambles that have gone his way, earning him the nickname the Mad Hatter. Even his national title on The Bayou came with a team that had lost two games… the only such consensus national titlist in college football history.
But this summer, his program has been placed on probation for recruiting violations tied to an ex-assistant and an ex-player. The NCAA has asked additional questions about street agent Willie Lyles in a separate investigation. And now his starting quarterback and a number of other players have become embroiled in an off-the-field police matter.
Anyone who’s ever been to Las Vegas can tell you, luck will eventually run out for everyone… even the luckiest guy in the world.