As we wrote last night, Baton Rouge police used a warrant to search the apartment of LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson. The senior starter and three other players were involved in an early morning bar fight just off the LSU campus last Friday.
“I wouldn’t call him (Jefferson) the chief suspect in this case, but there are some strong allegations made against him,” police spokesman Sgt. Don Stone said yesterday. “And that’s the reason for the search warrant.”
Police were looking for blood on clothing. They reportedly confiscated 49 or 50 pairs of tennis shoes. (The guy must be a regular Imelda Marcos.) They also took a DNA swab from Jefferson.
Regarding the shoes, police are trying to find a match to a footprint left on the shirt of one of the four victims.
By all accounts, Jefferson complied with all police requests and was joined at his home by his attorney, Nathan Fisher.
Meanwhile, Les Miles took part in his first radio call-in show of the season last night and — not surprisingly — the investigation came up in a number of ways:
* Miles called the matter “a side distraction to a great season that we do not want.” He added, “The want and desire now to redirect this team is being taken by every member on it. I know my young guys are good guys by and large. They’ve definitely made some mistakes, but they will get by this and will develop into a good football team.”
* One of the men injured in the fight — who was allegedly kicked in the head by Jefferson — is believed to be a Marine. The night’s first caller identified himself as an ex-Marine and asked Miles why his program is anti-Marine. “Nobody here is anti-Marine Corps in any way,” Miles answered. “I personally don’t want to talk about any specific Marine.”
* Another caller suggested that Miles should move Jefferson to punter. (Rimshot.) Miles remained silent.
* If Jefferson doesn’t play against Oregon next week, expect veteran backup Jarrett Lee to get the nod over juco transfer Zach Mettenberger. “In my opinion, Jarrett is ahead of him,” Miles said. “He’s been in the system a lot longer and is making some of these plays that should be made with experience.”
Speaking of Mettenberger, it seems he somehow got mixed up in a scuffle back in June. Charges are now being filed against two men who fought with and pointed a gun at Mettenberger and teammate Sam Montgomery, a Tiger defensive end.
According to police, one man was fighting with Montgomery at about 2:30am on June 5th when the man’s friend pointed a gun at the LSU player. When Mettenberger attempted to break up the fight, the man turned the gun on the quarterback.
Both men fled the apartment complex where the fight took place. Several shots were reportedly fired from inside the vehicle, which eventually led to the arrest of the two suspects.