Reports emerged Monday that a meeting between Baton Rouge police detectives and four members of the LSU football program, originally scheduled for Monday morning and pushed back to Tuesday, would not take place after all.
Based on at least one report, however, the meeting is back on.
The Baton Rouge Advocate is reporting that the four players — quarterback Jordan Jefferson, offensive tackle Chris Davenport, linebacker Josh Johns and wide receiver Jarvis Landry – will meet with detectives Tuesday as planned. Per the request of the BRPD’s chief, the location and the time of the meeting is not being disclosed.
The Advocate also notes, by way of BRPD spokesperson Don Stone, “[i]nvestigators concluded through their investigation that both simple battery and second-degree battery charges will be filed when the investigation is completed and arrests are possible.” The latter charge is a felony which carries a maximum five-year prison term while the former is a misdemeanor.
The four players are persons of interest in connection to a bar brawl that occurred very early last Friday morning. The brawl allegedly started after one of the four victims honked his truck horn to clear room in the parking lot of an off-campus bar, with the fight allegedly including one of the victims being kicked in the head by LSU’s starting quarterback.
The four are all represented by the same attorney. Nathan Fisher had previously been representing the players pro bono, but the school determined a fee should be involved in order to avoid additional NCAA scrutiny.
“Our compliance staff talked today,” LSU spokesman Herb Vincent said, “and they were not comfortable with that. He’s representing them and he’s going to have to bill them. The method of payment is still to be determined.”