August 5th, 2013 04:14 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: LSU
Tags: Jeremy Hill, Judge Bonnie Jackson, Louisiana State University, LSU
Suspended 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.
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