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LSU lineman's arrest places future in doubt

6/18/2015
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Four LSU players arrested Thursday

ESPN SEC reporter David Ching discusses the four LSU players who were arrested and suspended Thursday, including star quarterback Anthony Jennings, and how this impacts the team's future.

LSU’s football team had gone about a year without a publicly reported arrest, but the last month certainly put an end to that trend.

Things came to a head on Thursday when four Tigers were arrested following two separate incidents. The arrests of quarterback Anthony Jennings, defensive back Dwayne Thomas and defensive lineman Maquedius Bain will probably attract more attention because they concern better known players. But the fourth arrest is the one that seems the most egregious.

You have to wonder whether the latest one involving defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao -- he was arrested Thursday on simple battery and simple robbery charges following a bar parking lot brawl -- might be the last straw.

The Baton Rouge Advocate’s Ross Dellenger and Maya Lau have the details from the police report, where Lealaimatafao is alleged to have rifled through a male victim’s pockets after he had been knocked unconscious by “unknown suspects” in the parking lot of Reggie’s bar near the LSU campus. Police say he then punched the victim’s girlfriend in the face with a closed fist when she interfered.

This is at least the third incident involving the redshirt freshman, two of which resulted in arrests. The other was a weight room scuffle where he punched out a window and severely lacerated his arm in the process.

Coach Les Miles is typically patient in such situations, allowing the legal process to work itself out before making any final decisions -- he discussed the steps he typically takes in such cases with us at the SEC spring meetings last month in Destin, Florida -- but Lealaimatafao has already been suspended indefinitely following this week’s arrest.

Same for LSU offensive lineman Jevonte Domond, who was arrested after a domestic violence incident last month involving his girlfriend.

Neither Lealaimatafao nor Domond was projected as a starter at the end of spring practice -- Jennings, Thomas and Bain, on the other hand, all seemed to have chances to start -- but these situations still aren’t a good look for Miles’ program. Hitting women simply isn’t acceptable behavior.

We wrote a silly blog post last year about how Lealaimatafao’s 13-letter last name would tie for the longest among all LSU football lettermen once he officially joined their ranks. But at this point, it’s reasonable to doubt that he’ll ever take the field as a Tiger.