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LSU RB Hill Gets Tongue-Lashing From Judge, Little More. Play Ball!

jeremy-hill-lsu-celebratesSuspended LSU running back Jeremy Hill will remain on probation following a guilty plea to a charge of battery.  Hill was already on probation for an earlier plea tied to a charge of “misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile” from his high school days.  The 20-year-old was given an additional 40 hours of community service today, but he will avoid jail time.

The battery charge against Hill stems from an April fight outside a Baton Rouge bar.

Judge Bonnie Jackson dressed Hill down for a cell phone video of the fight.  “I think people saw arrogance.  To see you laughing about sucker-punching that young man, it struck people that, ‘I’m Jeremy Hill.  I can do whatever I want.  Ha ha ha.’”

And then she let Hill walk away from the court house with a waiver allowing him to stay out past his curfew when LSU is playing a night game.  “Ha ha ha,” indeed.

Les Miles has yet to comment on this news, but it’s looked all along like he had no intention of booting Hill — the Tigers’ leading returning rusher — from his team.  Now one must wonder if Hill will be suspended from game action at all.  LSU opens with TCU rather than a cupcake, so there’s a good chance that Miles will say that Hill has paid a heavy price already — ya know, not getting to work out with his teammates this summer — and that he deserves to get back on the field.

We at MrSEC.com are big believers in second- and third-chances except when it comes to violent crime.  Sucker-punching someone and then laughing over the person’s cold-cocked body — while on probation for having sexual relations with a 14-year-old — qualifies as a bootable offense in our book.  A second-chance in life?  Sure.  But someone with that track record has no business being a representative of Louisiana State University and its football program.

Here’s hoping Hill cleans himself up off the field.  So long as he can gain yardage on the field, it appears coaches and judges will continue to give him pass after pass.

The ball’s in your court, Les.

 


10 comments
Larnus
Larnus

I'm torn on my feelings about this situation. If this young man can get his life in order, can LSU, his teammates, his coaches and Coach Miles be the ones to keep him going in the right direction? Do these coaches and teammates give him the best opportunity to do so? If that's the feelings, I say great for them to stick their collective necks out for Mr. Hill. Look, as a Marine I can tell you that I've been in many a brawl-although I never "sucker punched" anyone. That disgusts me more than anything. Be a man and stand in front of him and get it on. I pray that he can use the guidance offered, the education provided, and the sport of football to get his life in order with no more incidents. If that happens all will be worth having this young man return to his team and coaches. 

bigreb
bigreb like.author.displayName 1 Like

@Larnus My main point in all this is, "What about all the poor kids guilty of crimes who aren't good at sports?" Do they get unlimited chances also? Do they get tongue lashings instead of jail time? What kind of message is this sending our youth? We all know what the message is.....

badbadhoggie
badbadhoggie

I just have one question?  Can an athlete commit a crime in baton roooge?

bigreb
bigreb like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

How do you have "misdemeanor" carnal knowledge of a juvenile? Is it because there were 2 of them holding her down instead of just 1? I have no idea. The fact this guy is still getting a free pass out of jail should show us where our society is at and what we value, and it should scare us all. I don't care if it is a Rebel, Bulldog, Tiger, or what.

ColonelRodimus
ColonelRodimus

Typical LSU.  Just wait....we'll be seeing this kid in the news again.

DaveinExile
DaveinExile

You knew when they kicked the hearing from Aug 16 to today (Manziel/A-Rod) that they were using the news cycle to reinstate him with minimal media focus.

Penny-wise, pound foolish on LSU's part. Hill is not the sort of talent that will win you a game you otherwise would have lost - but he's the sort of example that can lose you a game you might have won. And isn't that the story of Les' career? Wasn't that the last game they played?

It's not Hill per se - he's just the latest example.

GeauxState
GeauxState

it's amazing how many chances these college athletes get. 

lutherelmo
lutherelmo

Well, I'm waiting on Les Miles to do the minimum and suspend Hill for some number of games.  The author of the article is dead-on however, committing a violent crimes while already on probation (for another awful violation) should mean at least suspension from the program for the year.  I guess the Honey Badger episode (with several positive drug tests) actually shows the kind of program that Les Miles is happy with running. 

NatanElias
NatanElias

Maybe he DOES represent LSU football

JamesPorter
JamesPorter

Wow...whatever keeps the money flowing and TV ratings high. But this line in your story “misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile” is the most embarrassing charge I have heard all year. I can't imagine all of the "one-liners" he will endure from opposing defense's this year.

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