LSU Backup Linebacker Charged with Misdemeanor, Kicked Off Team

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Backup LSU linebacker Derrick Odom was charged with a misdemeanor, accused of smashing a car window after a brawl at a nightclub last week. Soon afterward, coach Les Miles kicked Odom off the team.

Baton Rouge police say Odom faces one count of simple criminal damage to property.

He was involved in a fight at The Varsity nightclub near LSU's campus early Friday, left the club and was caught on video when he returned an hour later and smashed an SUV window. A call to Odom's lawyer, Anthony Bertucci, wasn't immediately returned.

Miles said Odom was dismissed as was walk-on linebacker Jeremy Benton.

Odom and backup quarterback Ryan Perrilloux, who also was in the fight, were barred from practice this week. Perrilloux, meanwhile, will remain on the team but Miles says he will not play Saturday, when No. 3 LSU faces No. 17 Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

He said that decision was made because Perrilloux has missed the "lion's share" of practice this week.

Perrilloux wasn't charged in the brawl.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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