Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Source details LSU brawl victim injuries
By Joe Schad ESPN
Andrew Lowery, the man whom witnesses say was kicked in the face by suspended LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson outside a Baton Rouge bar, suffered a facial fracture, a concussion, fractured teeth and facial and body bruises in the attack, a source close to the investigation said.
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The driver of a vehicle who was reportedly pulled from the vehicle and beaten before being aided by Lowery sustained three fractured vertebrae in his lower back, a concussion, fractured teeth and severe cuts and bruises on the face, according to the source.
Jefferson's attorney, who has denied the allegations against the senior quarterback, said he would ask LSU to lift Jefferson's indefinite suspension on Tuesday.
"It is more than unjust to destroy this young man's career if it's all about a bunch of nothing, which is what I think," defense attorney Lewis Unglesby said Monday.
Jefferson and reserve linebacker Josh Johns turned themselves in to the East Baton Rouge Parish jail last Friday after police obtained warrants charging them with second-degree battery in an Aug. 19 fight in a bar parking lot.
Four people, who are not football players, were treated and released at a hospital in the early morning hours after the melee. A 19-year-old woman told investigators she saw Jefferson kick one of the victims in the face, and police later executed a search warrant of Jefferson's apartment, taking 49 pairs of shoes.
Baton Rouge police are still reviewing physical evidence and video of the altercations, in order to identify more individuals involved.
"I know that coach (Les) Miles is a leader of young men and I know that he wants to be fair handed and fair minded," Unglesby said. "I think once everybody has a chance to take a deep breath and calm down, the right place for Jordan is back on the team.
"This investigation won't move at the speed of the football season. It would be very unfair if he loses his season and at the end the facts are proven to be as I believe they will."
Last week, two bar employees told The Associated Press that Lowery initiated the fracas shortly after he had been escorted from the establishment.
"What we do know is that Lowery threw the first punch," Shady's Bar general manager John Peak told the AP. "That's one thing we do know and we will attest to -- and he had been kicked out of the bar."
That contradicted a police report, in which Lowery told investigators he was running to the aid of an unknown man who had been pulled from a pickup truck by men he believed were LSU football players.
Lowery told police that he was able to help the man back into his truck and was assaulted soon after by several people -- including Jefferson and Johns -- who Lowery said punched and kicked him repeatedly.
If Jefferson is not reinstated in time for Saturday night's season opener against No. 3 Oregon, senior Jarrett Lee will make his 10th start for the No. 4 Tigers.
Miles, who will also be without starting receiver Russell Shepard for an unrelated NCAA rules violation, said the Tigers were focusing on Oregon and moving ahead without the suspended players.
"There's a heartfelt loss, if you will, of missing two players," Miles said. "That being said, it's just all about (looking) forward and pulling together and going with a little different cast of characters. There are some things we can control and some things we can't, and right now there are two who aren't in the huddle and we'll line up and play in their absence."
Joe Schad is a college football reporter for ESPN. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.