LSU suspends RB Jeremy Hill

Updated: April 29, 2013, 5:50 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

LSU has suspended Jeremy Hill indefinitely after its leading running back was arrested early Saturday morning for allegedly punching another man in the side of the head outside a Baton Rouge bar near campus.

Coach Les Miles, in a statement released Monday by the Tigers, said he would "let this incident play out through the legal system before making any additional comments."

East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore said it would take four to six weeks to determine whether charges would go forward in Hill's case.

Hill, already on probation in connection with a 2011 arrest, is charged with simple battery, a misdemeanor. In January 2012, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

Hill, 20, was LSU's leading rusher with 755 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012, his freshman season. His college career was delayed a year after he was arrested in early 2011 for an alleged sexual assault on a 14-year-old girl. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was able to enroll at LSU and play football last season, emerging as the Tigers' most effective running back after season-opening starter Alfred Blue's season-ending knee injury in LSU's third game.

Baton Rouge Police Lt. Don Kelly, the department spokesman, said police responded at 2:15 a.m. to a call regarding a 20-year-old man who said he was knocked out in a fight in a parking lot. A witness who had made a video recording with his mobile phone also contacted police and shared the recording. Kelly said the recording showed a man that appears to be Hill punching the victim, who was then punched again, and knocked to the ground by a second suspect whom police have not yet identified and who remains at large.

Police found Hill at an apartment on campus and arrested him. He was later released on bond.

Information from ESPN's Joe Schad and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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