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Jefferson, Johns surrender on felony warrants; both suspended indefinitely

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After a week of speculation, rumor and innuendo, the situation down in Baton Rouge has officially gotten very, very serious.

LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson and linebacker Josh Johns have surrendered to police on charges of second-degree battery, a felony in Louisiana, over an alleged bar fight earlier this week.

Clay Travis of OutkickTheCoverage spoke to the attorney for the two players, Nathan Fisher, who was with his clients as they turned themselves in at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.  Fisher said he’s hopeful the players would be released without bail; bail was later set at $5,000 apiece for each player.

LSU subsequently announced that both Jefferson and Johns had been suspended indefinitely as a result of the felony arrests.

“We will continue to cooperate with the authorities in an effort to find out exactly what took place during the incident,” head coach Les Miles said in the statement.

“As sad as this incident is, it’s important that we learn from this and that we take away a valuable lesson. This has weighed on all of us. It’s time for us to come together as a team and focus on what we are here to do.”

The police report from last Friday morning’s off-campus bar fight was released Thursday, with Jefferson identified as the individual who kicked one of the four alleged victims in the brawl in the face.  That same witness, a 19-year-old female, also said she saw Johns attack the same alleged victim.

Multiple witnesses have also stated that one of the alleged victims actually threw the first punch and started the melee.

Thursday, the Baton Rouge Police Department executed a search warrant on Jefferson’s apartment, seizing 49 pairs of athletic shoes as well as taking a DNA swab from the QB’s mouth.  The BRPD announced Friday they will hold a 3:30 p.m. ET press conference to discuss the investigation and arrests.

The fourth-ranked Tigers will face No. 3 Oregon eight days from today.

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47 Responses to “Jefferson, Johns surrender on felony warrants; both suspended indefinitely”
  1. lloydcarr1997 says: Aug 26, 2011 11:42 AM

    How does a College kid have 49 pairs of Athletic Shoes alone?

  2. mrpowers88 says: Aug 26, 2011 11:52 AM

    This is BS. If someone is yelling racial slurs to a crowd of people that would be offended, they should get their a$$es kicked. As well as people who throw the first punch.

    I call it being taught a lesson. Others may call it idiots being put in their place.

  3. technocrat7 says: Aug 26, 2011 11:54 AM

    49 pairs of shoes? Let me guess, he paid for all of them

  4. barbeaux says: Aug 26, 2011 12:01 PM

    They took it too far. If someone hit’s you then you can hit back. You can’t, however, stomp them or kick them in the face after they’re down.

  5. hookermctitties says: Aug 26, 2011 12:02 PM

    Mr. Powers – There are a lot of things that SHOULD happen but that doesn’t make it legal. No one really knows what happened except for the people who were there but kicking someone in the face is far from self defense. Let’s wait to see the video cause you know someone has one.

  6. denardsbig10inchdong says: Aug 26, 2011 12:12 PM

    shoes in lousiana?

  7. ragebroadhead1 says: Aug 26, 2011 12:16 PM

    Good, good, good! These two animals belong in a cage where they belong for 5 years. Kicking a man when he is down no matter what the circumstance is inhumane, and downright cruel. They should pay the ultimate price – JAIL!

  8. boisestatewhodat says: Aug 26, 2011 12:16 PM

    And…Oregon WINS!!

  9. pricecube says: Aug 26, 2011 12:17 PM

    Regardless of whatever anger issues you carry with you, you do not have a right to physically assault someone because they called you a name. You do not have a right not to be offended. Second I have not read anything to suggest any ethnic slurs were hurled. In fact quite the opposite, the players specifically said that none were used in their statements to police.

    Here:

    “He said none of the LSU players, three of whom are black, reported racial slurs being used during the incident.”

    http://www.nola.com/lsu/index.ssf/2011/08/police_interview_4_lsu_players.html

    Finally this is a very dangerous path to walk down. We have something in this country called equal protection. Unless you want to extend the right use deadly force to anyone who gets offended by a racial slur being thrown around then stfu.

  10. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Aug 26, 2011 12:20 PM

    This could be very bad. The warrant obviously turned up something that has the police moving forward.

  11. noaxetogrind says: Aug 26, 2011 12:20 PM

    No procreating for you Mr. Powers.

  12. anythingbutyanks says: Aug 26, 2011 12:21 PM

    It is time for the NCAA to have a zero tolerance policy. Any felony conviction and you cannot play on scholarship in an NCAA sanctioned sporting event.
    Same needs to be done for the money in NCAA sports- players caught accepting ANY AMOUNT of money from any source other than family, the university or from employers paying fair wages should be banned permanently.
    They are being paid from our tax dollars to get an education that should set them up damn well for life, so I don’t want to hear any bs complaints about how they aren’t compensated enough, either. Many of these kids are not the types who would normally get an education beyond high school if it weren’t for scholarships, and they will benefit for the rest of their lives from the degrees that they earn, so their compensation is perfectly fine.

  13. southernpatriots says: Aug 26, 2011 12:26 PM

    Finally, they believe they have enough to issue the warrants. The defense attorney thinks he has enough to defend. That is what our adversarial system of justice is all about. Don’t believe it will ever get to court but now at least these two players know the charges and will soon know the evidence against them.

    Discipline continues from Coach Les Miles to the entire football team as it has since he obtained the information. These 2 and the other 2 who will be charged with simple battery (misdemeanor) already know their additional discipline, it just is not leaked to the media yet. These 4 players know they will not play v. Oregon and dependent upon their demeanor, the suspension may extend farther. The team knows they will have to pull together and rise above this to succeed and we believe they will.

    Geaux Tigers!

  14. pricecube says: Aug 26, 2011 12:41 PM

    Hats off to Les Miles for indefinitely suspending the players involved. That sends a strong message that this kind of behavior should not be tolerated.

  15. mrpowers88 says: Aug 26, 2011 12:47 PM

    ok… im not saying that everyone offended by a racial slur should have a right knock the speaker out; but if youre dumb enough to say it to a crowd of people you know will be offended, you should be taught something

    oh, and the main victim allegedly hit a girl earlier in the night (not connected, but still unacceptable). and then some witnesses are saying that he threw the first punch… but lets sympathize with him because he got whooped

  16. southernpatriots says: Aug 26, 2011 12:50 PM

    pricecube: We completely agree. This is what Coach Miles told his players early on after the event and he is doing what he said he would do. Discipline, including extra work and restrictions, continue for All players.

  17. pricecube says: Aug 26, 2011 1:00 PM

    @sopats

    I only wish Dooley would have taken similar action with the Da’Rick Rogers incident at UT last summer. It was an embarrassment that he did not.

    Les Miles catches a lot of heat. I have never understood that. The guy won a NC less than five years ago. Not many coaches can say that. I am still trying to figure out how he beat the Vols last year. He is a miracle worker.

  18. chitownmike says: Aug 26, 2011 1:03 PM

    lloydcarr1997 says:Aug 26, 2011 11:42 AM

    How does a College kid have 49 pairs of Athletic Shoes alone?
    __________________________________

    His mentor was Peter Warrick from FSU….

  19. oldforester says: Aug 26, 2011 1:05 PM

    20 players all at the scene of a crime, and before the police arrive they are back on campus tucked away.

    Isn’t that leaving the scene of a crime?

    Regardless of who did what, that alone should have been enough to sanction all the players. What kind of lessons are Les Miles and LSU teaching, that it is OK to run from your responsibility in the community.

    You have an idiot that gets thrown out of a bar into the midst of 20 huge world class athletes, and he stupidly throws a punch. Common sense says the LSU players wrestle the guy to the ground & wait for police. What is Miles’ excuse for condoning these guys for all leaving the scene of a crime?

    I guess it is OK for Miles and LSU to condone them running from the scene back to the protection of Warden Miles so he could enforce his own form of juvenile justice. (doing laps) What a joke. Where is the SEC and LSU administration on this?

  20. Sportsdrenched says: Aug 26, 2011 1:09 PM

    Before pads were popping at my first HS football practice our coach had us all take a knee and he told us that because we were football players that we are “visible”.

    This lesson can be transmitted to being a apart of any group that’s visible. If you’re on a team, in a fraternity, member of a church, member of the media…whatever. You are apart of something bigger than yourself.

    Visible people can’t get away with the same things that normal people get away with. The football player has something to loose. Normal people don’t.

    Regardless of the situation. Jordon Jefferson had the most to lose, and he lost it.

  21. pricecube says: Aug 26, 2011 1:11 PM

    @mrpowers88

    Did you read my post? No ethnic slurs were used according to the players. You know, the guys that did the “ass whooping” as you put it… so it really is a non-issue… thank God! I cannot tell you how many comments I have read speculating or even stating as fact that n-bombs were dropped. It didn’t happen. Hopefully the next generation chills with this and gets along better than we do.

    I think the problem is not that there was a fight…. or even who started it. It is the excessive force used. If you soccer kick someone in the head while they are lying prone on the ground you could very easily kill them. You are not legally allowed to do something like that unless you can prove you felt like your life was in danger. That is technically where Jordan is in trouble.
    :)

  22. cowboysblowgoats says: Aug 26, 2011 1:14 PM

    This is what happens when you allow people who have no place being in college go to school because they are good at a game.

  23. crazyfootballfun says: Aug 26, 2011 1:25 PM

    What a sad situation. If the allegations are true, the kids made a terrible mistake that not only is hurting them, it is hurting their teammates. Now, this does not have to ruin these kids forever. They can own up to their mistakes, learn huge lessons, and be bigger people for it. They do not have to let the worst mistake of their lives define them…it is up to them.

  24. tcmarie says: Aug 26, 2011 1:39 PM

    First of all, how in the hell can 49 pair of shoes fit in a few paper bags. Secondly, that DNA evidence sure came back quick. The BRPD did what it was pressured to do get the arrest warrant and get JJ kicked off the team and make room for someone else to shine. People know the about the unspoken culture at LSU. If it was up the the alumi the quackerback would always be a golden haired white boy that would lead them to the promise land. Well Jared Lee you are up at bat just like your daddy and a lot of people want. Sorry JJ, i think your only crime that night was being out after curfew. I don’t believe you instigated any of this, and I believe the truth will come out and the “victims” and their witnesses will be proven to be liars. However it will be too late to salvage your Senior year, but know that Karma is a @#$** and LSU, its Alumi will get exactly what they deserve.

  25. tgaustin says: Aug 26, 2011 1:41 PM

    Ummm, yeah, the excuse of “well, he started it” stopped being used when we were in the fifth grade!!

  26. wheresdapuck says: Aug 26, 2011 1:52 PM

    These two thugs felt entitled by the treatment LSU provided them – thinking they were special and go do whatever they wanted to. It is a real problem with players like this and the college football system encouraging it! Send a message – give’m 5 years with 4 years suspended!

  27. chucksters says: Aug 26, 2011 1:55 PM

    Mr. Powers, really .. taught a lesson.. 5 on 1 or however many it was from a football team.. talk about gang tackle

  28. burntorangehorn says: Aug 26, 2011 2:03 PM

    I hope that if the “victim” truly started it, he gets charged as well.

    The LSU kids were fine in fighting back. The problem started when they allegedly kicked a person on the ground. If that didn’t happen, fine, I hope the guys get to play.

  29. cosanostra71 says: Aug 26, 2011 2:22 PM

    What were 20 players doing at a bar in the middle of fall camp anyway?

  30. southernpatriots says: Aug 26, 2011 2:29 PM

    burntoorange: Thank you for making sense and being a voice of reason. These 2 and maybe 4 players will not make it to an adjudication before the season is over. From our many experiences in our justice system, it takes much time to process through. LSU’s season is not long enough for the process to be complete before the end.

    There are extenuating circumstances and provocation that can be used by their attorney to mitigate the charge (s). Also, there are other witnesses which call into question the one witness who clearly identifies the 2 players as agressors after the alledged initial stupid punch(es) by the “innocent” alledged stalker of his ex-girl friend and puncher of her friend(s) which he apparently did just a short time before this incident.

    The attorney for the 2/4 was strongly pushing for charges to be made. He can now begin is defense. Now, the defense attorney can obtain the evidence in discovery that the prosecutor/police has against the defendants. Until this step, the defense attorney had no access to lab results and other evidence the prosecution is using to make the charges and assemble a case.

  31. barbeaux says: Aug 26, 2011 2:38 PM

    @tcmarie: uhm wow. That makes no sense at all. None. LSU QB’s are always blonde haired/blue eyed? Not true at all. There are real injustices in the world, and this is not one of them.

  32. southernpatriots says: Aug 26, 2011 2:43 PM

    pricecube: We don’t know how Coach Miles does it either. Somehow, someway, he keeps his team close to be in contention to win at the end, even with an abominable offense (100th – 120th in the nation last year!)

    We were sitting with about 8 LSU alums, 2 LSU fans, and 3 Vol fans and friends from Knoxville, watching the game. We all were astonished at the end. What? How? What happened? and all were left emotionally drained. We had to see the end several times before it all soaked in.

    We have another meeting shortly with the town leaders on the Neighborhood Watch proposal. Miles has done as well as he could in this situation, though he has been barbequed by the media and here on CFT by many whose favorite teams have never won a NC.

  33. Deb says: Aug 26, 2011 2:59 PM

    I’m not calling Andrew Lower a victim. He was thrown out of the bar for harassing a woman and five minutes later he was punching a kid in the parking lot. That’s the statement of an objective third party–the bartenders. I don’t know where all this speculation about racial slurs is coming from. The bartenders said Lower threw a punch to start the fight.

    Yes, it’s easy to say the kids should have put on the brakes at some point while being attacked. And that is true–you don’t continue to pummel a man when he’s down. But it’s much easier to pass judgment on what everyone should or shouldn’t have done when you’re not the one being attacked and you’re not the one in the frenzy of the moment.

    The press conference is due to take place in about half an hour. I hope at that time we’ll learn more concrete details and can stop speculating. And since this has nothing to do with them, I hope Les Miles and the rest of his team can focus their attention on the game and season ahead.

  34. smokehouse56 says: Aug 26, 2011 3:24 PM

    The black comment writers on this comment page are racist to the core. I can name names but I won’t. I think most know who I mean.

  35. rolltide510 says: Aug 26, 2011 3:36 PM

    “People know the about the unspoken culture at LSU. If it was up the the alumi the quackerback would always be a golden haired white boy that would lead them to the promise land.”

    OH LAWD.

  36. southernpatriots says: Aug 26, 2011 3:49 PM

    rolltide510: OH LAWD! is right. The nut—tcmarie— (or worse) that wrote that racist drivel is either ignorant or stupid or both.

    Who was the last golden haired white boy to lead LSU to the national championship? A dose of reality for the vain imaginations for someone who sees the world through racism.

  37. tcmarie says: Aug 26, 2011 4:01 PM

    barbeaux, what I said was if it was left up to LSU alumni the quarterbacks would be white. That’s not a secret around Baton Rouge. I know it and and apparently you know it too. I am not saying this is the view of the coaching staff or most students, but a LOT of long time backers of LSU and it’s Alumi simply feel that way but just don’t want to talk about it. The intent of the arrest warrant was to bring charges that resulted in arrest, which led to the suspension. However this case will never be tried because of insufficent evidence and conflicting reports. The truth will prevail eventually, but not in time to salvage their football season……….. sad, sad, but not suprised..

  38. southernpatriots says: Aug 26, 2011 4:14 PM

    tcmarie:
    Are you a member of the Alumni Association?

    How many LSU alumni do you know?

    You are dreaming, and deceived. Every alumnus we know, including 8 in our family want the best players we can get for the team.

    We want the best centers, guards, tackles, receivers, full backs, running backs, and yes we want the best quarterbacks. We want the best young men we can find for those positions.

    There is never the thought or discussion of the skin color of any of those positions.

    Quit your racist rambles and accusations.

    You embarrass yourself!

  39. tcmarie says: Aug 26, 2011 4:17 PM

    rolltide510- I’m neither ignorant or stupid. Just because my views or my realties are not yours, dont’ make my views ignorant. Anyone who can honestly admit these thinks don’t happen, let me know what planet you are living on because I would like to visit. Face it people it’s 2011 and racism still exists. That’s my opinion and if it’s not yours, that okay to.

  40. Deb says: Aug 26, 2011 4:22 PM

    @smokehouse56 …

    Oh my GOSH!!! You have a special camera lens that lets you see the other commenters!!!! And right now I’m wearing a sloppy old Mickey Mouse t-shirt and hair’s piled up in a clip!!! I’m soooo embarrassed :oops:

    What on earth is that nonsense about most of us knowing who the black commenters are? How would we know that unless they told us? You are too weird.

  41. tcmarie says: Aug 26, 2011 4:26 PM

    southernpatriots, If you are an Alumi, I embrarrass you……………………….

  42. Deb says: Aug 26, 2011 4:30 PM

    Well, if there was a press conference at 3:30, neither ESPN nor ESPN News bothered to carry it. Gee, I’m so glad they have a news channel so we can follow latest developments in big sports stories :roll:

  43. Deb says: Aug 26, 2011 4:32 PM

    In the midst of this terribly sad story about injuries, arrests, the devastation of a football program, and possible ruin of young men’s lives, why are so many of you obsessing over 49 pairs of shoes? There are several plausible explanations for those shoes …

    For one, the team is sponsored by Nike, which probably gives tons of shoes to the school. A lot of kids who can’t afford anything else will spend every dime they have on athletic shoes. And if you look in my brother’s closet, he has every pair of athletic shoes he’s owned since high school tossed into a pile in the back. He probably has enough tread in there to build four tires. That’s okay … I have every t-shirt I’ve ever owned.

  44. Deb says: Aug 26, 2011 4:37 PM

    @tcmarie …

    Yes, some LSU fans are racists … just some Oregon fans are racists and some Harvard fans are racists. No school or region has a monopoly on racism. But racism begins with making ridiculous generalizations about people because of one characteristic they share. When you make a ridiculous generalization about LSU alumni, you are being just as ignorant as any other bigot.

  45. steveohho says: Aug 26, 2011 5:33 PM

    I think a lot of LSU fans dislike Jefferson simply because at times he is has looked more like George Jefferson when behind center, not because he is black. If Jefferson was like Cam Newton/Tbow running over people and winning consistently, they would love him.

    LSU has had some good receivers and a decent offensive line during his time, but its offense still resembles a Saban like 3 yard and a cloud of dust unit. Execution with that style is so critical against quality teams, with little room for error simply because they won’t put that many points up on the board.

    Most LSU fans want the offense to perform like the Saint’s, and that doesn’t seem possible with Jefferson, hence the backup or 3rd string qb being the most popular on the team.

  46. boisestatewhodat says: Aug 26, 2011 10:01 PM

    HA HA…

  47. alligatorsnapper says: Aug 26, 2011 10:31 PM

    @boisestate: You might not live too far from us, but your team will fall this year and learn that the top half of the SEC is hard to compete with.

    tcmarie: I read with disgust your characterization of LSU alums when you don’t know any and certainly don’t know any who are bigoted as you are. southernpatriots will not defend themselves but we will. In a week they help more people than you help in a year or more. They have given their lives (and lifetimes) to serve others. What do you do bigot? Crawl back into your hole.

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