Former Coach, Family Friend Sounds Off on Jefferson Arrest

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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.