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Jordan Jefferson connected to ‘violent night of activity’

Nick Fairley, Jordan Jefferson

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.

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9 Responses to “Jordan Jefferson connected to ‘violent night of activity’”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: Aug 19, 2011 1:04 PM

    We previously asserted that LSU would change QBs in the first half in the first game. It may even be sooner than that. Hope Zach is now very familiar with his team and the plays.

    We hope that corroborating testimony from others in the bar place JJ asleep as he said. If he was not the agressor, if he was only defending himself, if he, if, if, we hope there are some good “ifs” in this incident that exonerate JJ, for his sake and for the Tigers’ sake.

  2. florida727 says: Aug 19, 2011 1:20 PM

    This is said to have happened “between 1:30a and 2a” local time. As a parent, you preach to your kids all the time, “nothing good happens after midnight”. Last thing LSU needs is problems with Jefferson, especially with Oregon waiting in the wings. Distractions, they do not need. Good luck Tiger fans. I’m a Gator fan, but also an SEC fan, so I’m hoping you guys do well this season (with the exception of October 8th at your place of course :) ).

  3. burntorangehorn says: Aug 19, 2011 1:21 PM

    alligatorsnapper, JJ didn’t say he was asleep. That was a jab at Darron Thomas.

  4. dg0122 says: Aug 19, 2011 1:28 PM

    you know damn well there were other players there

  5. dkhhuey says: Aug 19, 2011 2:26 PM

    asleep at the bar?!?!? Is that today’s new politically correct term for being blind, stinking drunk and passed out?

  6. Deb says: Aug 19, 2011 5:25 PM

    @dkhhuey …

    Haven’t you ever fallen asleep in a bar sober?? It can happen.

  7. bradentonbuc says: Aug 19, 2011 5:44 PM

    As a former heavy drinker and partier extraordinar, I can say I NEVER fell asleep at a bar. I always made it to my car first.

  8. Deb says: Aug 19, 2011 6:00 PM

    As a frequent designated driver, I can think of a few times when I’ve nodded off waiting for the partiers to decide it was time to call it a night :)

  9. Deb says: Aug 19, 2011 7:20 PM

    Oh good grief, people. Why so serious? Who tied all your panties in a knot?

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