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Police seize 49 pairs of shoes from Jordan Jefferson’s apartment


It was reported Wednesday that the apartment of LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson was searched in connection to the investigation into an off-campus bar fight late last week.  Various video and photographic accounts from outside Jefferson’s complex showed “dozens and dozens” of bags of evidence being taken out of the residence and loaded into the back of a Baton Rouge Police Department police vehicle.

According to developments that have surfaced Thursday, more than a few of those bags contained a substantial amount of footwear, some of which may be connected to the incident early last Friday morning.

Multiple media outlets reported earlier today that police seized 49 pairs of athletic shoes (not pictured) belonging to Jefferson during the course of executing a search warrant yesterday.  Included in that total were the shoes Jefferson was wearing the night of the bar brawl as well as the shoes he was wearing at the time of the search.  A DNA swab was also taken from Jefferson, who was at his residence while the search was being conducted.

A police source told WAFB-TV that “investigators are trying to see if any of Jefferson’s shoes match an imprint found on the shirt of one of the young men injured in the fight.”  One of the four victims in the fight allegedly involving LSU football players was reportedly kicked in the head; citing the police report, the Baton Rouge Advocate reiterated previous accounts that a witness stated she saw Jefferson kicking a man in the face.

The witness also stated that she saw linebacker Josh John attacking the victim as well.  One of the victims suffered three fractured vertebrae during the fracas.

Jefferson and Johns, along with wide receiver Jarvis Landry and offensive tackle Chris Davenport, were interviewed by detectives earlier this week.

No arrests have been made, and none are expected today.

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  1. southernpatriots says: Aug 25, 2011 1:24 PM

    JT: You have the same problem we have….”shows he was wearing..”?

    Sure that wasn’t our sister? She has about that number. Or Imelda Marcos, oh no, she had several thousand pairs.

    Still hoping they find objective eye witnesses.

  2. John Taylor says: Aug 25, 2011 1:30 PM

    Thanks for the heads up southpats. Sometimes my fingers are too big, although that’s canceled out by the fact that they’re not exactly coordinated and fully in my control. :-)

    And that photo is of one of Imelda’s closets…

  3. 1buckeye76 says: Aug 25, 2011 1:44 PM

    “citing the police report, the Baton Rouge Advocate reiterated previous accounts that a witness stated she saw Jefferson kicking a man in the face.

    The witness also stated that she saw linebacker Josh John attacking the victim as well.”

    looks like they may have found their unbiased and unrelated third party witness. 49 pairs of shoes… c’mon man.

    *****disclaimer – this comment is in no way affiliated with anything related to or about The Ohio State University.*****

  4. southernpatriots says: Aug 25, 2011 1:46 PM

    JT: We understand the problem. We chalked our up to old age…ha. But we may in fact have the same problem you experience.

    Thank you for the photo. We think that may go past some of the younger folks but we remember well. One of our sisters when she was much younger has a pair of shoes to match every dress outfit she had. She even had some “pumps” which were neutral which she sprayed with a shoe dye for colors unavailable at the hardware store…ha.

    Every big college athlete we know who plays football or basketball has alot of shoes. Especially the seniors.

  5. latrobe21 says: Aug 25, 2011 1:47 PM

    I think I had 2 pair of shoes in college – tennis shoes and a pair of casual shoes. 49 Pair of shoes? Gifts from Nike? Improper benefits? I’m 52 and never owned more than 7 pair at any one time in my life.

  6. florida727 says: Aug 25, 2011 1:58 PM

    I’m definitely showing this article to my wife! She complains that I have FOUR pairs of basketball shoes lined up in my office. I’m a freaking amateur by comparison!

  7. southernpatriots says: Aug 25, 2011 2:01 PM

    We must clarify…all football and basketball college athletes we know own alot of shoes, but we don’t know any who own 49 pairs!

    Like latrobe21 none of us owned more than 2 pairs in college and 3 of us only owned1 pair. The men in our extended family average owning 5 pairs of shoes at this time. We will not tell what the ladies average, that would not be proper…ha!

  8. southernpatriots says: Aug 25, 2011 2:04 PM

    florida727: Absolutely show this to your wife. We need all the help we can get sometimes and we need to take it where we find it…smile.

  9. oldforester says: Aug 25, 2011 2:28 PM

    Just a thought but would college football be better recruiting coaches from the prison system since it seems they need to act like wardens?

    As other posters have said, I don’t know or have any friends that have broken anyone’s vertebrae. If I broke curfew, even as a kid, I paid a price.

    It now appears from a story last evening that Mettenberger and a buddy in June were involved “innocently” in an altercation in an apartment where a fight broke out, Mettenberger’s friend was knocked to the floor and one of the “assailants” pulled a gun and pointed it at Mettenberger’s friend and then pointed it at Mettenberger. They then left the scene, and fired shots as they drove away.

    This isn’t what a normal family would tolerate. Obviously the associations and attitude of many leaders on the LSU team are very dubious. So I see Les Miles more as a warden than a coach, and since he isn’t imposing any penalties, I suppose in his penal system these acts are normal day to day events.

    It certainly appears more and more that this is more like a gang (protecting each others backs – even when those acts are illegal) than a team with proper leadership, and anything close to sportsmanship. And Les Miles, he is the coach from the Longest Yard.

  10. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Aug 25, 2011 2:32 PM

    Only 49 pair?

    Clearly we need to adjust the scholarship money these guys are getting. That is not nearly enough footwear for anybody, let alone a college student.

  11. iamchris81 says: Aug 25, 2011 2:42 PM

    Food for thought…

    I’m assuming most of these 49 shoes are relatively new. The basic price of regular new balance tennis shoes are $59.00. 49 shoes is a little under $3000. We can also safely assume he has some Jordans which run well over $60, and other assorted shoes that are over $59 as well. He easily could’ve spent atleast $5000 on shoes alone!

    This is more into the Terrell Prior issue, but I have 2 tattoo’s. Both where $100/hr and took over 5hrs each. Some of these kids have tons of tattoo’s and could easily spend $300-$500 on each one.

    And people want to give these kids an extra $3000?? For what so they can get even more inked up and get some more Jordan’s? How about we investigate how these kids pay for some of this stuff as well. Instead of just handing them more cash?!

  12. southernpatriots says: Aug 25, 2011 2:48 PM

    oldforester: You can’t even read properly or retain what you read.

    You sure haven’t followed this story via CFT, WBRZ, the Advocate, WWL, ESPN or any other reputable source since the origin of this story.

    If you had you would KNOW by now that Coach Les Miles began discipline on the whole team as soon as he learned of the curfew violations. Each and every day all members of the team (including the 4 alledged offenders) are penalized, run much extra, are in other restrictions, and are suffering other punishment.

    Tom: It appears that most of the footwear were gifts from Nike, an official clothing and shoe sponsor of LSU.

  13. cometkazie says: Aug 25, 2011 2:51 PM

    The Advocate is reporting “A man witnesses say was kicked by LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson in an Aug. 19 brawl is being accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend in a Baton Rouge bar hours earlier and hitting her friend.”

    You can get the story at the Advocate’s site. I can’t seem to post urls here.

  14. southernpatriots says: Aug 25, 2011 2:55 PM

    cometkazie: We had heard a rumor about this for a few days but had no corroboration or good source. Thank you so much for being on top of this one. This may well mitigate this situation for the LSU 2/4, it may be what their attorney was saying was some of what the BRPD needed to investigate.

  15. itsdaweasel says: Aug 25, 2011 3:14 PM

    here is the article

  16. steveohho says: Aug 25, 2011 3:17 PM

    LSU – Loose Shoes University

  17. effjohntaylornorelation says: Aug 25, 2011 3:22 PM

    Even IF the 49 pair of shoes were obtained legitimately everyone who reads this will think Jefferson is dirty now.

  18. dkhhuey says: Aug 25, 2011 3:22 PM

    49 pair of shoes?!?!?! Wow – I spent all my money on booze and chasing women… oh how times have changed!

  19. goforthanddie says: Aug 25, 2011 4:06 PM

    Why does everyone assume the shoes were gifts? Lots of idiots think they need a pair of shoes for every hour of the day. It’s a status thing. Like drowning in bling when you live in a rat’s nest, or putting thug bass and ground effects on a Kia.

  20. happster says: Aug 25, 2011 4:07 PM

    This is like some modern-era Cinderella story…if the shoe fits? OK, I’m out of obscure references and bad puns. Let the investigation begin into the impropriety of how he came into possession of more shoes than my wife.

  21. rcali says: Aug 25, 2011 4:24 PM

    My mom doesn’t even have that many pairs of shoes and she’s 40 years older then this former LSU QB.

  22. ladyhuckleberry says: Aug 25, 2011 4:29 PM

    There’s yet to be a case made and all of this speculation’s leavin me dizzy. How in the hell can you guys from other schools make light of it when IF it were comin from your neck of the woods you’d be bellyachein like crazy, give me a damned break. Let those who do the investigatin do their job and find out who’s guilty/or not guilty. If it turns out that the kid a/k/a the one who wants notarity from all of this is guilty he owes not only JJ but LSU a biggggggggggg apology, till then I’m stickin to my guns and believin that JJ and his friends aren’t the bad guys. As for JJ havin all those shoes, that’s his business not mine.

  23. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Aug 25, 2011 4:35 PM


    I understand that these players receive gifts from NIKE. I’ve had a number of my former players, in another sport, play at PSU. I am well aware of the pluses that come with being a varsity athlete.

    But 49 pair is ridiculous. And as the guy above me said in regards to tattoos, they also are not cheap. I spent a fair amount on the few I have. I would like to know what the “real cost of college” is that the higher ups are talking about. Most kids are living off of ramen if they live off campus, have a meal plan if they live on campus, and are often times selling plasma for beer money. The scholarship provides for all necessities, minus beer money.

    I’m sick of all these guys wanting status possessions. The American way used to be work hard and improve yourself to get to a better place. The damn baby boomers have made our country soft with their coddling of the next generations. People don’t want to start at the bottom and work up, they expect to be handed a nice life now.

    Is it bad that I am a grumpy old man at 35?

  24. teke184 says: Aug 25, 2011 4:35 PM

    “If it turns out that the kid a/k/a the one who wants notarity from all of this is guilty”

    Speaking of which… The Baton Rouge Advocate has an article up on the victim in this case, who is the subject of a restraining order by an ex-girlfriend for stalking and other issues.

    The Temporary Restraining Order was issued and claims that on the night of August 18th, the night of the brawl, he’d followed her to a bar, cornered her several times, and hit one of her friends.

    A mentally unstable stalker picking fights with the entire LSU football team, as it’s being claimed around town that he had sucker-punched punter Brad Wing, probably doesn’t get the same kind of sympathy as the image presented up until now, which was “marine pulled from his car and kicked into oblivion.”

  25. teke184 says: Aug 25, 2011 4:36 PM

    Oh, BTW, this is the link for the restraining order article:

  26. joerevs300 says: Aug 25, 2011 5:04 PM

    I bet less than 1% of college FEMALE students have 49 pairs of shoes, let alone a starting QB for a major college.

    That’s enough for him to have a pair of kicks a day for almost 2 months without repeating.

    Are they also going to take 49 different outfits out? Let’s see if he’s get in GQ…

  27. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 25, 2011 5:11 PM


  28. cleanslaton says: Aug 25, 2011 5:23 PM

    Dammit, other people already made Imelda Marcos references.

    I bet a lot of those shoes were dress shoes…like the kind worn to church every sunday & to job interviews and for other formally dressed occasions [hey, why are all you guys rolling your eyes?] Also, with all the damn swimming lizards in Louisiana, no Gatah boots? I thought gaaaaaataaaaaah boots had overtaken Air Force Ones atop the ‘hip-hop songs popularizing shoes’ rankings within the black community. Jordan Jefferson must be more of a contemporary Jazz kind of guy.

    No self-respecting man should own 49 pairs of shoes. I wonder if they took every single pair; he might own more. I really hope Jefferson is conclusively proven inocent OR guilty. Some marine is going to fnd this kid and use his head as a soccer ball.

  29. ladyhuckleberry says: Aug 25, 2011 5:32 PM

    To you who voted me down, I do hope that you consider all of the facts when they’re submitted and all are judged on the basis of what they’re deemed on. It’s amazing how some of you are quick to judge not knowing or caring but only wanting to make lite of a situation.

  30. Deb says: Aug 25, 2011 6:28 PM

    JT, first glancing at the head and the photo, I thought that was Jefferson’s closet. And for a nanosecond, looking at all those lovely pastel pumps, I thought the revelations of this search were much more interesting than they’ve turned out to be 😀

  31. Deb says: Aug 25, 2011 6:51 PM

    @oldforester …

    In the story of the LSU players held at gunpoint, the authorities have said they were the victims. You can’t just take every incident that happens involving LSU players and decide they’re Hell’s Angels. You have to look at the individual facts.

    The fact here is that we still don’t know what happened in that bar parking lot.

    For all my sass, I’m a nice, feminine, church-going woman–the last person you’d expect to be in a physical altercation. But my work has taken me to dangerous places, and I have been roughed up a few times. It’s easy to label people as animals for kicking someone like that. But when you’re in a volatile situation, you’re scared and angry, and your adrenaline is pumping, you’d be surprised how much strength you can summon and what you’ll do to try to protect yourself. Yes, you should be able to put on the brakes. But things don’t always play out as they should. Let’s wait until we can get an objective account of what all those involved were doing before we decide the players are just mindless thugs. Maybe that’s the case. Or maybe they were responding to provocation or acting in self-defense.

  32. florida727 says: Aug 25, 2011 6:57 PM

    tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says:
    Aug 25, 2011 4:35 PM
    “The scholarship provides for all necessities, minus beer money.”
    Good argument for that stipend. So what you’re telling me is that scholarships really don’t provide for all the necessities, huh?

  33. vicksprman says: Aug 25, 2011 7:04 PM


    racist much!!!

  34. ronmexico4life says: Aug 25, 2011 7:44 PM

    Just to clarify for those who can’t get past 49 shoes……Every college football player at an even remotely big school has access to all the shoes and clothing etc. they want because they are all sponsored by Nike, Under Armour, Adidas….All of this if free for them and easily attained by them, and he is the starting quarterback who has been there for four years, so yeah, i’m sure he’s got a ton of free nike stuff

  35. ronmexico4life says: Aug 25, 2011 7:49 PM

    tombornesretirementcostjoepaatitle: “I’m sick of all these guys wanting status possessions. The American way used to be work hard and improve yourself to get to a better place. The damn baby boomers have made our country soft with their coddling of the next generations. People don’t want to start at the bottom and work up, they expect to be handed a nice life now.

    Is it bad that I am a grumpy old man at 35?”

    No, it’s bad that your another doosh who wants to use a college football forum as if it’s an Oprah chatroom. please post in the future on

  36. southernpatriots says: Aug 25, 2011 8:17 PM

    ronmexico4life: Thank you for describing how a senior QB whose school (LSU) has as its clothing and shoe sponsor NIKE could accummulate 49 pairs of shoes. We did not describe the manner nor express it as well as you did.

    But please don’t come down so hard on Tom. He is truly a good guy who may have not understood what you described. He worked hard to get through college, as we did back in the dinosaur age, so he may misunderstand all the perks given to major college football and basketball players nowadays. Thank you.

  37. florida727 says: Aug 25, 2011 11:22 PM

    “southernpatriots”, I usually agree with you, but in this case I’ll mildly differ. Reason being: I have a friend whose son played on Florida’s two national championship basketball teams (with Noah, Horford, Brewer, etc.). He was on the team for three years, not four, but he got nowhere near 49 pairs of shoes. Clothes? Yep. Plenty of them. Nothing out of the ordinary though. The usual assortment of shirts, warm-ups, shorts. But, again, nowhere near that many pair of shoes. And everyone on the team received the same amount. Didn’t matter if you were a walk-on (which he was) or an All-American. Everyone got the same. Might be different in football just because of the sheer number of players, however something just doesn’t seem right here. Hope for your guys’ sake I’m off-base here.

  38. southernpatriots says: Aug 25, 2011 11:43 PM

    florida727: We appreciate your thoughts and postings.

    During the last year that Shaquille O’Neal played for LSU, Nike donated well over 100 pairs of shoes per player. They gave many away, and our daughter’s boyfriend at the time received 4 pairs of unused Nike basketball shoes in purple and gold (also LA’s colors).

    If JJ has a shoe fetish or something similar like one sister did way back in the day, then 49 is a small number. If it was a combination of Nike’s generosity over 4 years, gifts from friends and family, and his own penchant for shoes, 49 may not be a most extraordinary number. He may have kept the shoes he received and collected them while some other players.

  39. ladyhuckleberry says: Aug 26, 2011 12:39 AM

    Once again I think you guys have shown your true colors: in voting me down you’re not willing to see the truth, care to see the truth, or even acknowledge that maybe a female can even voice an honest opinion. It’s a shame that you feel that way because of your testosterone level must be in overdrive. Rest assured that one day you may have to face a female on some front and she just may make mincemeat out of you. And ohhhhhhhhhh how I’d love to see it.

  40. lakesidegator says: Aug 26, 2011 6:13 AM

    Ladyhuck, are you for real? Any issues girl?

  41. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Aug 26, 2011 8:05 AM

    It is spelled douche, not doosh.

    Don’t make yourself look foolish while trying to insult someone else, though I appreciate the irony.

  42. southernpatriots says: Aug 26, 2011 8:24 AM

    Tom: We told him he went overboard. Your response was funny and showed class and we appreciate your calm and collected reply.

  43. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Aug 26, 2011 8:59 AM


    Well played, sir.

  44. ladyhuckleberry says: Aug 27, 2011 5:50 PM

    lakesidegator, Bubba I’m for real. And as for issues, what can I say that I haven’t already say except for sayin I’ll kiss these jackasses’ asses?

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