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.