BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- LSU starting quarterback Jordan
Jefferson and three of his teammates have decided to meet with
police at an undisclosed time and location Tuesday.
Police Sgt. Don Stone announced Monday night that the meeting
would take place and said authorities are keeping the details
secret to ensure "the integrity of the investigation is not
hampered or disturbed."
Police have asked Jefferson, along with offensive lineman Chris
Davenport, defensive lineman Josh Johns and receiver Jarvis Landry,
to offer their recollection of last Thursday night's fight.
Four people were injured in the scuffle, none of them players,
and one person's injuries were serious enough that two players
could face felony battery charges, Stone said. He said two other
players could be charged with misdemeanor simple battery. He
declined to say which two players could face the more serious
Earlier Monday, defense attorney Nathan Fisher, who is
representing the four LSU players, had said he was not aware of an
impending meeting between his clients and police. However, that
changed after authorities agreed to a new meeting location.
Investigators initially asked the players to come to police
headquarters on Monday morning, but that was delayed after the
players hired Fisher, who is known for representing LSU players in
Stone said such delays are standard when people of interest in
investigations hire attorneys.
Stone also stressed that Police Chief Dewayne White is not
giving LSU players any special treatment and the investigation of
the fight will continue with or without players' cooperation.
"These guys aren't going anywhere, they're not a flight risk.
It's not like we don't know where they're at," Stone said. "It's
not like we're sitting around waiting for them. We still have
witnesses to interview. ... And if it reaches the point to where
the evidence supports the allegations, we'll obtain arrest warrants
for the persons responsible. And if it's these four football
players, they'll be arrested and booked into the East Baton Rouge
Witnesses have described one of the victims being kicked in the
head while lying on the ground, Stone said. He declined to specify
who did the kicking or who got kicked.
LSU practiced Monday evening, but university officials said none
of the players who have been named in the investigation would be
made available to the media. Players who did talk to reporters were
instructed not to answer any questions about their memories of what
happened at the bar not far from campus.
The players were out after a curfew imposed by the coaching
staff when the fight took place. However, LSU athletics spokesman
Michael Bonnette said players traditionally conclude fall camp,
which this year ended last Thursday, by socializing together after
curfew. Bonnette said that tradition has spanned the tenures of a
number of coaches.
Nonetheless, coach Les Miles has said the allegations
surrounding the fight have made him "miserable," and the entire
team has been punished with additional conditioning during
practice, such as running. Miles also said more punishment would be
forthcoming as more details of the investigation were revealed.
As of Monday night, though, no players had been suspended.
The fourth-ranked Tigers open the season against No. 3 Oregon on
Sept. 3 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Jefferson was expected to be the starting quarterback, but if he
cannot play, fellow senior Jarrett Lee would be the likely starter
behind center, with junior college transfer Zach Mettenberger next
Lee, who has been taking some snaps with the first team since
before the alleged fracas, said there were not any substantial
changes to the practice routine on Monday and Jefferson continued
to also receive his regular work with the starters.
"Nothing changed. Practice was the same. We had a great
practice today," Lee said. "All of us quarterbacks, we know to be
good you have to prepare each and every day to be the starter,
whether your opportunity comes or not, so we're going to continue
to work hard."
"It's an unfortunate situation," Lee added. "You never want
something like this to happen to your football team. We're family.
We're a close-knit group. Things like this happen. ... All the
great teams have their ups and downs. It's about how you bounce
back and we're going to stay positive and keep working hard."
Lee has been teammates with Jefferson for the past three
seasons, and said he did not see any noticeable difference in
"He's a great guy, great friend," Lee said. "He's still
working hard, still practicing hard, still laughing in the film
Stone said Jefferson, Davenport, Johns and Landry are currently
the only people of interest in the case, but added that
investigators are still interviewing witnesses and that more
players could have been involved. Authorities have obtained
security video from a business neighboring the bar, which is in a
strip mall just south of campus. Stone declined to talk about what
the video shows.
Fisher, meanwhile, said he did not want to discuss the facts of
the case in the media. Fisher did say he believes Stone has made
several inaccurate statements, but declined to specify.
Currently, police are aware of only four alleged victims whose
names they have not released. The four were treated at a hospital
and released. Three had minor injuries and a fourth had the more
serious injury that would warrant the second-degree battery
charges, Stone said.
The victims have hired an attorney, Michael Bienvenue, and have
indicated they want to press charges, Stone said.
Bienvenue did not return a phone message left at his office.
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