Things are getting more serious for the four LSU football players allegedly involved in an early morning bar fight last Friday. The Baton Rouge Police Department announced yesterday that charges have already been filed in the case. Warrants will not be issued until the investigation is complete.
Jordan Jefferson, Chris Davenport, Josh Johns and Jarvis Landry are expected to meet with police today as part of that investigation. The time and site of that meeting have been ordered kept secret by police in order “to ensure the integrity of the investigation is not hampered or disturbed by the inordinate amount of media attention given this incident.”
“We would not be conducting this investigation if somebody didn’t want us to,” a police spokesman told The New Orleans Times-Picayune. “When we conclude our investigation, we will secure arrest warrants for those people that we determine are responsible, arrest them and then bring them in and place them in the parish prison.
“If the players never come in and talk to us, we will continue our investigation without talking to them. If the evidence supports the allegations, warrants will be issued for their arrests and we’ll arrest them whether they come to speak to us or not.”
The four players in question have already hired one of the top defense attorneys in the state to represent them. Nathan Fisher said last weekend that he would be representing the players free of charge. He claimed that he does that frequently with LSU students. Wisely, the LSU compliance office stepped in and told Fisher that “he’s going to have to bill them.”
Interestingly, Fisher told The Shreveport Times that he doesn’t know of any meeting scheduled for today. Regarding police spokesman Don Stone’s assertion that there will be a meeting, Fisher said: “Well, Mr. Stone has made other incorrect statements.”
Meanwhile, it was business as usual at Tiger practice yesterday. All four players in question took part and Jefferson took the first-team snaps at quarterback. Backup Jarrett Lee said “nothing really changed… Jordan practiced with the ones, and we had a really good practice.”
Other LSU players are saying that the incident is in the past and that they’re focused on football.
“Of course when something like this happens, the best thing for us to do is what we do best, and what we do best is play football,” long snapper Joey Crappel told The Baton Rouge Advocate. “So right now what the team needs is to get back on track and get back to working on a national championship.
“We came together as a team, and the leaders of the team said whatever happened, happened. We don’t know what happened. We moved on — done.”
So… it’s possible the four players involved in the fight will meet with police today. Or not.
And it’s possible arrest warrants could come this week or the next week or the next. Meaning this will likely be hanging over the program for a few more days at least.
In addition, one has to wonder, if the investigation is still ongoing, whether or not the BRPD will tell the four involved players not to leave the area. If that happens, Jefferson, Davenport, Johns and Landry might not even be able to travel to Arlington, Texas for next Saturday’s game with Oregon.