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Police search Jordan Jefferson’s apartment

Louisiana State University Jefferson directs the offense as Texas A&M University Porter prepares for the snap during their NCAA Cotton Bowl football game in Arlington

The latest bit of news to come out of the LSU bar brawl saga surfaced Wednesday, with multiple media outlets reporting that police have executed a search warrant on the residence of one of the football players believed to have been involved in the melee late last week.

According to the Baton Rouge Advocate, detectives from the Baton Rouge Police Department searched the home of starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson in attempt to locate evidence pertaining to the investigation into the off-campus fight that left four people injured.  Jefferson was present during the search, and police officials stated that the QB “gave us 100 percent cooperation.”

WBRZ-TV reports that BRPD officers were seen taking bags of evidence from Jefferson’s apartment.  There’s no word on what evidenced may have been collected.

BRPD spokesperson Don Stone said there are no plans to search the homes of any of the other LSU players involved.  In addition to Jefferson, offensive tackle Chris Davenport, linebacker Josh Johns and wide receiver Jarvis Landry were interviewed by investigators Tuesday morning.

As to the warrant, Stone told Randy Rosetta of TigerSportsDigest.com that “[w]e have gathered enough probable cause to search for information to help either prove or disprove the allegations against [Jefferson].”  Rosetta had previously reported, citing sources close to the football program, that Jefferson was not directly involved with the fight.

Additionally, radio station 1210-AM The Score posted a “video” that purports to be footage of the fight, although it’s just 22 seconds in length and it’s nearly impossible to discern anything that’s going on, other than a man at the end being picked up off the ground after apparently suffering a beat-down.  The Advocate reports that the BRPD is looking into the video and, presumably, the person who shot it from what appears to be a cell phone and who could be a potential witness.

The “video” can be viewed by clicking HERE.

As of this posting, no arrests have been made in connection to the incident.

UPDATED 8:28 p.m. ET: WAFB-TV has added yet another piece to the puzzle as to what the BRPD may have been searching for at Jefferson’s aprartment.

WAFB’s Jim Shannon quotes a police source as saying one of the main items investigators were looking for was a pair of Jefferson’s tennis shoes.  Investigators want to see if the bottom of the shoes match an imprint on the shirt of one of the four people injured in the fight.  The source did not say whether the shoes were located during the search.

It had previously been reported that witnesses alleged Jefferson had kicked one of the victims in the head.

UPDATED 10:21 p.m. ET: According to multiple media outlets, a DNA swab was taken from Jefferson during the execution of the search warrant.

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19 Responses to “Police search Jordan Jefferson’s apartment”
  1. pricecube says: Aug 24, 2011 7:54 PM

    Well that is weird.

  2. pricecube says: Aug 24, 2011 7:55 PM

    Bloody clothes? Sorry I will stop. Having trouble sticking to not speculating.

  3. arrogantathlete says: Aug 24, 2011 8:09 PM

    For someone they r mot interested in they sure seem interested.

  4. polegojim says: Aug 24, 2011 8:10 PM

    Sad to say, they’re going after this young man for more than a misdemeanor or a football suspension.

    PD’s don’t search and gather bags of evidence for minor charges. They do so however for DNA matching, esp when a suspect likely refuses to ‘incriminate himself’ by offering a sample. Don’t see this ending well for him on a number of levels.

  5. gatorfan1 says: Aug 24, 2011 8:13 PM

    This is really sad. I just can’t for the life of me understand why very talented athletes can’t just stay out of trouble and follow rules.

    Obviously this doesn’t look good for LSU and could have a major impact on a team that really has a chance to compete for a NC.

    I just don’t get it!!

  6. southernpatriots says: Aug 24, 2011 8:16 PM

    pricecube: Keep your word. Resist temptation and it will flee.

    Hopefully, the police are now interviewing impartial uninvolved witnesses?

  7. cometkazie says: Aug 24, 2011 8:22 PM

    WAFB reported the same thing. For once the Advocate beat them. Sorry, bad choice of words . . .

  8. weswelkerspornstash says: Aug 24, 2011 8:58 PM

    Jarret Lee this is your opportunity. Run with it. You deserve it. You have worked hard. Everyone in Tigerland is pulling for you.

    Get your game face on…..

  9. tgaustin says: Aug 24, 2011 9:00 PM

    Impartial uninvolved witnesses???? Classic!!!! Nothing to see hear, please move along.

  10. brewlandia says: Aug 24, 2011 9:38 PM

    If the shoe doesn’t fit, you must acquit.

  11. crawfish2011 says: Aug 24, 2011 10:08 PM

    Jordan Jefferson actually play well in the Cotton Bowl and expectations were high for LSU this season. If gets in trouble hopefully LSU starts Zach Mettneberger instead of Jarred Lee.

  12. muttbolts says: Aug 24, 2011 10:11 PM

    At least you no the U are lovers and not fighters.this seems a lil worse in my book,not down playing what happened in miami. This crap has got to stop. Is it that hard not to get in trouble? WTF.

  13. footballphan23 says: Aug 24, 2011 10:36 PM

    Hopefully these young players will learn from their mistake. Teams have rules for a reason, and it’s mostly to protect their players from themselves.

  14. burntorangehorn says: Aug 24, 2011 10:44 PM

    We had a wealthy towny and a few of his friends murder one of the guys on the football team when I was in college. The player was trying to break up a fight between two girls, and one of the girls went to get her towny boyfriend, who also brought his friends. They beat him up, and when he was down on the ground, they even kicked him in the head. Dead. Coach Jerry Kill did a good job keeping the football players and other athletes from retaliating, because that’s exactly what we wanted to do. Too bad the townies didn’t get convicted of anything serious.

  15. patbocam says: Aug 25, 2011 1:08 AM

    Lsu really has some tough guys on their team! Jumping a marine??? Wow. POS thugs is what they are. Lsu is the new FSU when it comes to recruiting these fools. Just in qb’s alone; Jamarcus “purple drank” Russell, Ryan periloux (spl?) and now JJ from good times. And don’t forget about Cecil the diesel “I’ll beat my gf down” Collins. The list goes on and on. ThugU is now in session.

  16. kappy32 says: Aug 25, 2011 4:14 AM

    This doesn’t make any sense here. If the fight is the only underlying issue here, there is absolutely no need for a search warrant. Jefferson is, at most, looking at a low-level felony assault charge (probably 2nd degree being that he used his foot and can be implied that he “intended to cause serious physical injury to another”), and with his lack of a criminal past, he’d most likely be looking at some community service and a few years of probation. Police NEVER expend resources such as conducting a search of a house, let alone preparing and submitting affidavits in support of a search warrant. Additionally, why was a DNA sample taken from him? I highly doubt that once he is arrested that the case would ever go to a jury, once again, due to his lack of a criminal history. The police seem to be expending an exorbitant amount of department resources and taxpayer’s money in investigating a rather simple assault claim. Something is very fishy here and there are only a few possible answers.

    First, the police are intentionally undertaking these actions to put on a show for the public. This seems very unlikely because when the news of a fight first broke, there was not a steady stream of information being leaked. As a matter of fact, it appeared that the police were being more tight-lipped than usual in comparison to same or similar situations.

    The second theory is only conjecture and not based upon any facts at all. With that being said, there remains the possibility that Jefferson is the subject or a person of interest in another, more serious criminal matter and the police are using the probable cause in the assault case to “indirectly” collect evidence against him for the other crime. In order for the police to get a search warrant granted by a judge, the police must demonstrate that “more than likely” a specific crime has occurred and that evidence leading to the apprehension of the culprit will “more than likely” be found in the residence being searched. The information establishing these elements are clearly stated in a detailed affidavit from the investigating officer/detective and is oftentimes corrobated by another officer/detective with intimate knowledge of the investigation. The affidavit and application for a search warrant must specifically state the alleged crime that took place and what evidence they are looking for, and how it ties into the alleged crime. Simply put, it would be highly illegal and unconstitutional for a police officer to obtain a search warrant for one alleged crime with the specific intent to search for evidence of another alleged crime. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that Jefferson is the subject or person of interest in a separate, more serious offense. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t put it past a police officer to make such an attempt. For a group of professionals that are required to uphold the constitution, specifically criminal law and criminal procedure law, police officers continually demonstrate their incompetence of the law through either complete disregard of the law and/or rights of the accused or just absolute ignorance towards the same.

    The third, and most likely scenario, is that these “over-the-top” procedures by the police are merely a thorough CYA (Cover Your Ass) directive. LSU’s hopes for a BCS National Championship would be all but dead should Jefferson be arrested and subsequently suspended. It is the Baton Rouge PD that are investigating the alleged crime and I am sure that they understand the ramifications an arrest could have and I am sure they are feeling pressure from the community. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a directive handed down from the chief of police ordering them to take all measures and do a complete and thorough investigation into the alleged crime before an arrest is made. Should the police arrest Jefferson, resulting in his suspension and dashing LSU’s title hope, based solely on a victim’s statement then six months from now it is discovered that he did not commit the crime, heads will roll and jobs will be lost in the BRPD. On the flip side, the police may be covering their ass by completing a thorough investigation because should Jefferson not be arrested, the victim and his family may go after the BRPD for violating his rights by letting their local star “slide.” I also wouldn’t be surprised if a thorough investigation was ordered by the District Attorney in light of all the bungled prosecutions in the news lately (Dominique Strauss-Kahn in New York City; Casey Anthony in Florida; and Roger Clemens in Federal Court in Texas). Even with these possibilities, this investigation seems a completely overboard, speicifically the DNA sample. This case is very weird and I would expect some surprising news to come out regarding Jefferson and this matter over the next few days.

  17. stoopwitzer says: Aug 25, 2011 8:54 AM

    kappy…

    that might be the most ridiculously long winded way of saying

    “I don’t understand why they are taking the assault of an individual that left him with 3 fractured vertebrae so seriously. Don’t the police realize these are football players and as such have diplomatic immunity in the state of Louisiana!”

    that i have ever heard. Thanks for wasting 5 minutes of my life.

  18. polegojim says: Aug 25, 2011 10:05 AM

    Other side of the coin…and corner my mouth

    BRPD doesn’t want to be accused of sweeping anything under the rug.

    They’ll go through all due diligence and be able to convincingly say it was only a minor offense. That way, everyone can move on without a trailing conspiracy theory, and JJ can move forward too.

  19. southernpatriots says: Aug 25, 2011 10:11 AM

    polegojim: We agree with the other side of your mouth. That is the side of your mouth we like the best…ha. Those in law enforcement in Baton Rouge think that is the reason for this “overkill” on the investigation for second degree battery which will be plea bargained down to simple and the one charged with it will only get a fine, community service, and probabion from the legal system. He (they) will still receive great discipline from Coach Miles as the entire team is receiving right now (all the team, All, are running at this moment).

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