LSU Players Surrender To Police In Fight Investigation
LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson and linebacker Joshua Johns surrendered to Baton Rouge Police on Friday for a fight outside of an off-campus bar on Aug 18.
The two were booked for second degree battery and released on $5000 bonds. They left parish prison just before noon.
Baton Rouge Police scheduled a press conference for 2:30 p.m. to discuss the charges.
LSU Head Coach Les Miles immediately suspended Jefferson and Johns from the team.
Miles said that no timetable has been set on the suspension.
“We will continue to cooperate with the authorities in an effort to find out exactly what took place during the incident,” Miles said.
“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.”
Baton Rouge Police released a police report on Thursday with witness statements on the role Jefferson and Johns allegedly played in the fight outside of Shady’s bar.
In the report, a female witness said she saw Jefferson kick a man in the face. She also said she saw linebacker Johns participating in the attack. Sgt. Donald Stone said police were trying to ascertain how credible the witness’ account is.
On Wednesday, BRPD detectives executed a search warrant on Jefferson’s off-campus apartment. Police seized 49 pairs of Jefferson’s shoes, including the ones he was wearing, at the time of the search. Stone said police were looking to match treads on a shoe to an imprint on a shirt of a victim in the Shady’s incident.
On Tuesday, investigators questioned Jefferson, Johns, defensive tackle Chris Davenport and wide receiver Jarvis Landry at Louisiana State Police headquarters.
The players’ attorney Nathan Fisher said the meeting went well and that he offered a witness to the fight that would exonerate the players. He has consistiently said that the players are innocent and that they have been unfairly portrayed in the media.
LSU Head Coach Les Miles has said fallout from the incident has been a distraction that made him “miserable.”
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