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.