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From Shoes To Jokes: The Latest On LSU Investigation

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.

 


6 comments
Brett_goducks
Brett_goducks

Well, it is not a good morning for LSU fans or us Duck fans. Arrest warrants mean probable cause exists. That doesn't bode well. Now the only thing that can exonerate (sp) them is the results of a trial. Sigh. Here comes the asterisk. ____And to those who are saying that this is bad news for Oregon because Jefferson was not that good anyway... c'mon, do you really think Miles would not field the best QB they have? If you believe that, then you have deeper issues with the Tigers than you are willing to admit.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

If the injured man is indeed a Marine then I don't imagine any Marine comrades are going to take that very well. I'm not saying they'll take justice into their own hands, but it wouldn't be the first time it happened.

Coaches definitely can't watch their players 24/7, but it seems like every rule the NCAA makes is almost totally counterproductive. It used to be that you could have an athletic dorm and you could impose curfews by simply manning the doors. Well now, that's "unfair" and so you've got some kids living on campus and others living off campus and you can't control a dern thing they do unless they are at practice. If we are going to hold coaches responsible then give them the power to make a difference.

Brett_goducks
Brett_goducks

I am a Duck fan and boy am I ticked. All the hype I was expecting after a victory over LSU will now have an asterisk because we didn't play "their best team". Sheesh. As for this incident, let's wait and see what the investigation shows before we beat Jefferson down too much. I am hoping (yes, hoping with crossed fingers) that he was just there and maybe trying to break up the fight etc. If he actually stomped a guy who ended up with three broken vertabre, the university needs to be severe in its response. Mazoli paid the price for his stupidity; off the team. Blount paid his price; practically his full senior season. Harris is paying his now. May I remind you that in all these cases, no one got seriously hurt (except for the beating that bronco dude's reputation took). This guy (whether in the wrong or right) sustained injuries that will plague him for life. I hope Jefferson didn't have anything to do with it. But, if he did, it would be hard to complete a pass from jail. Agg Assault is a felony isn't it?

@baopham
@baopham

Incoming NCAA investigation about how a college kid can afford 50 pairs of shoes.....

ViciousDawg
ViciousDawg

I'm not a LSU fan. But Coaches can't babysit 24 hours a day. These young men have to take responsibility for their own actions. That being said, it does look like this is a recurring theme.

Brett_goducks
Brett_goducks

DAWG, coaches cannot babysit 24 hrs a day. Absolutely in agreement. What coaches can do is make sure their athletes understand the perimeters of behavior and what the consequences will be if they are breached. The problem is in todays game, the punishments are "on a case by case basis", because it all depends if the team is in contention, or the player is particularily valuable to the team. It is like the father telling his son, I am going to count to 10, and if you don't stop stabbing your brother by then, your getting a whoopin. Uh, why the count down? If the athlete breaks the rules, he gets the whoopin (sic). You are right that the players have to take responsibility, but the coaches need to set the boundries and enforce them.



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