The question is, was he the victim or the aggressor?
While details are very scant right now, Randy Rosetta of TigerSportsDigest.com is reporting that Jordan Jefferson has been “implicated as being involved” in what Rosetta describes as a violent night of activity Thursday. The alleged incident occurred at a bar off the LSU campus.
A Baton Rouge Police Department spokesperson confirmed to Rosetta that Jefferson was involved in an incident at Shady’s Bar. An investigation is ongoing, and the police have yet to determine whether the starting quarterback is a victim or a suspect in the case.
Four people were taken to the hospital for injuries incurred during the incident; Jefferson was not one of the four. It’s unclear if any other LSU football players were involved.
It’s also unclear whether Jefferson claimed to police that he was asleep at the bar as the melee unfolded around him.
The school has yet to address the situation. The Tigers are not scheduled to practice today, so the local media will likely get the opportunity to question head coach Les Miles on what transpired and what role his player may have played.
Following a disastrous and embarrassing season of QB play in 2010, Jefferson has drawn rave reviews from the coaching staff for the improvement he’s made during spring practice and through summer camp. LSU will face Oregon in the season opener in Arlington just over two weeks from today in a match-up that will be rife with national title implications; the Ducks are ranked No. 3 in the preseason coaches’ poll, while the Tigers are right behind them at No. 4.
If Jefferson is unavailable for the opener — or even beyond — because of the incident, JUCO transfer and former Georgia QB Zach Mettenberger would likely line up under center.
UPDATED 2:16 p.m. ET: USA Today reports that “other football players, who have not been specifically identified yet,” were involved as well. A Baton Rouge Police spokesperson said that while it’s possible Jefferson or other players could be arrested, that’s “premature right now.” The police are still waiting to interview Jefferson and the others.
Back on September 10, it was announced that Jim Harbaugh had dismissed Logan Tuley-Tillman for “conduct unacceptable for a Michigan student-athlete.” Now we know what that unacceptable conduct was. Allegedly.
Wednesday morning, mlive.com is reporting, Tuley-Tillman was charged with three felonies stemming from a Sept. 4 incident in which he’s accused of filming a sex act with a woman without her knowledge. Tuley-Tillman was officially charged with two counts of capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person and one count of using a computer to commit a crime.
From the report:
Capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person is punishable by up to two years in prison, a fine of no more than $2,000, or both. Using a computer to commit a crime, in this case, would be punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a fine of no more than $5,000, or both.
The incident occurred in the 300 block of Catherine Street Sept. 4. Tuley-Tillman is accused of filming a portion of a sexual encounter with a woman without her knowledge and then transmitting it to his personal device without her permission, according to Ann Arbor police.
Tuley-Tillman was a four-star member of Brady Hoke‘s second-to-last UM recruiting class, rated as the No. 24 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 7 player at any position in the state of Illinois. He played in one game as a redshirt freshman last season, the season opener against Appalachian State.
This season, he had been listed as the No. 2 left tackle and played in the 2015 opener.
One of the most talented players on the defensive side of the ball not only in the Big 12 but in the country has seen his season come to an abrupt end.
West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen announced Tuesday that Karl Joseph will miss the remainder of the 2015 season because of an injury to his right knee. The hard-hitting safety sustained the injury in a non-contact drill during practice Tuesday.
The injury also marks the end of Joseph’s collegiate playing career as he’s off to the NFL next spring.
“I am devastated and heartbroken for Karl,” Holgorsen said in a statement. “He is a young man who has given everything he has to our football program and University over the past four years and who elected to return to WVU for his senior season to earn his degree and to be a part of something special with this team. He exemplifies what it means to be a Mountaineer. Karl is an All-American, a fierce competitor, a leader and I know he will have a full recovery, and I can’t wait to watch him on Sundays next fall.”
Joseph started all 42 games in which he played for the Mountaineers. He was first-team All-Big 12 last season, and his name littered numerous preseason All-American teams this year.
“I want to thank my teammates and my coaches for their outpouring of support,” Joseph said. “This has been difficult for me and my family but I know I will come through this stronger than ever. I will forever be a Mountaineer and will be cheering on our team every step of the way.”