Monday, August 22, 2011
LSU players to speak with police
By Edward Aschoff
Four LSU players accused of being involved in a fight outside of an off-campus bar are expected to meet with Baton Rouge police Tuesday.
The meeting was originally scheduled for Monday, but the players recently hired defense attorney Nathan Fisher, who requested "a 24-hour postponement so that he can meet with the players and get a better understanding of the incident."
Quarterback Jordan Jefferson, offensive lineman Chris Davenport, defensive lineman Josh Johns and receiver Jarvis Landry are the four players who will give their side of the story at police headquarters, Sgt. Donald Stone said.
Stone said the fight began when a driver honked his horn at a crowd blocking his way out of Shady's Bar's parking lot. The driver was one of four people injured in the fight outside the bar.
"They weren't asked to turn themselves in. They were asked to come in so they can be interviewed and tell their side of the story," Stone told The Associated Press.
Stone added that the investigation will continue after speaking with players and other players could be interviewed as well.
Police have interviewed four people who were treated and released from a hospital. Three were treated for minor injuries, while a fourth was treated for a more serious injury that could bring a felony charge of second-degree battery. Some witnesses also have talked to police, Stone said.
Attorney Michael Bienvenu, who is representing the four injured men, told the Times-Picayune that his clients plan to press charges.
On Sunday, a Baton Rouge TV station reported that witnesses said Jefferson kicked one of the victims in the head. Stone confirmed the accusation to multiple media outlets, but couldn't identify which player it was.
The consequences for a second-degree battery conviction include a maximum five-year jail sentence and up to a $2,000 fine.
According to the Times-Picayune, a source close to the team said close to 50 players went out Thursday night to celebrate the end of two-a-days practice.