A former coach and family friend of LSU Quarterback Jordan Jefferson are upset over his arrest in connection with a late night brawl in Baton Rouge earlier this month.
“They’re treating this like it’s a murder investigation,” said Carl Franklin, who coached Jefferson in football and basketball during his youth in Destrehan.
Jefferson was arrested August 26, one week to the day, after and a group of other LSU football players were said to be involved in a fight outside of Shady’s Bar on East Boyd. Earlier in the week, police removed 49 pairs of shoes from Jefferson’s home.
“Jefferson has always had an even-keel personality and I can’t imagine him getting into a fight,” said Terrance Rice, whose son played sports with Jefferson as a child. “They should let him play.”
LSU Linebacker Joshua Johns was also arrested and faces charges of second-degree battery. LSU has suspended both men from the team indefinitely.
Police have turned over all evidence to the District Attorney’s office.