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Attorney: heckling of Jeremy Hill’s past preceded punch

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Indefinitely suspended following an incident last week, the attorney for LSU running back Jeremy Hill has mounted a public defense of his client’s actions.

Lawyer Marci Blaize said Thursday that Hill was heckled about his past legal troubles prior to landing a punch on the alleged victim.  In early 2011, Hill was arrested on a felony charge of oral sexual battery involving a 14-year-old girl and later pleaded guilty to carnal knowledge of a juvenile, a misdemeanor.

A videotape of Hill punching the alleged victim in his most recent brush with the law surfaced one day after he was suspended by the Tigers football program.  Hill is seen high-fiving a second individual who allegedly threw another punch that knocked the male out.

While Blaze acknowledges the video shows her client throwing a punch outside of a Baton Rouge bar last Friday night, she stated the 15-second clip is skewed by the events that preceded it.

“There’s no denying he’s on the video, but the video is 15 seconds long and certainly doesn’t tell you everything that happened that evening,” Blaize said. “In my experience and the cases I’ve had, there’s usually a reason why a person will strike another individual and I can tell you that’s the case here. …

“Basically, it is the interaction between my client and groups of people that were out, what was said to my client by those individuals and how it led up to the ultimate event, which is what you see on that video.”

Hill, LSU’s leading rusher in 2012, was charged with misdemeanor simple battery following the incident.

As far as the second suspect is concerned, he has still yet to be identified.  While rumors have persisted that the unidentified individual is also an LSU football player, a Baton Rouge police official intimated they have all but ruled out that being the case.

“We’re making progress toward identifying a second suspect, and while I cannot rule out some connection to the LSU athletic department, based on what we know now, there does not appear to be one,” Lt. Don Kelly said.

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21 Responses to “Attorney: heckling of Jeremy Hill’s past preceded punch”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: May 2, 2013 9:31 PM

    Of course something preceded the punch. Heckling, smack talk, something, but that is no excuse to respond physically. Words should not result in a physical attack or violence. Adults should be able to have some self-control. I know Hill’s attorney feels so much of the press has been against her client, but issuing this statement about provocation will not change public opinion in the matter.

    Now if the provocateur used the “N” word or similar, this could be deemed as “fighting words” as they have been used in some previous court cases to provide extenuating circumstances to lessen any charge or even to dismiss charges. If Hill’s attorney has that, she will have a better case than she has now.

  2. desal2ds says: May 2, 2013 9:37 PM

    Hey Jeremy, “Sticks and stones can break my bones but names will never hurt me” As an LSU fan this becoming too common. It’s unacceptable but I’m sure hell be in uniform against TCU.

  3. pricecube says: May 2, 2013 9:51 PM

    It is my understanding Hill is on probation for the previous incident (oral sexual battery of a 14 yr old girl). This incident is a violation of that probation. I think there is a good chance he may be in a great deal of trouble.

  4. pricecube says: May 2, 2013 10:14 PM

    One other thought, Hill repeatedly lied to the police stating that although he was in the vicinity, he was not involved in the assault. He even continued to lie to police about his involvement after being shown the video. Lying to police investigating a crime is obstruction of justice. I am unsure why he has not been charged with that as well.

  5. kiopta1 says: May 2, 2013 10:14 PM

    And the judge responds with “so?”

  6. sportsbastard says: May 2, 2013 10:21 PM

    I think most LSU fans are even disgusted with Jeremy Hill. What a poor excuse for a human being.

  7. rolltide510 says: May 2, 2013 10:26 PM

    So Hill’s attorney is invoking a little-known Louisiana law that states its legal to punch a guy who makes fun of you for being a child sex offender?

  8. louhudson23 says: May 3, 2013 3:29 AM

    He’s a young football stud ,hanging in a bar,trying to look good for the ladies,ahving some fun with his buddies…….and some drunken asshat is talking big smack,hurling personal insults and racial slurs…….obviously it is difficult(but not impossible) to stand there and listen to that..many of us would(and have been) prone to taking a pop at the guy….but based on the reporting and the video evidence,this went far beyond that first reaction and escalated into something more malicious……and for that,he is in deep shit……(and of course,the screwing around with a 14 year old is still hanging over his head) Actions have consequences…..if he didn’t learn that the first time,he is about to get a second and much harder lesson……

  9. thegonz13 says: May 3, 2013 5:17 AM

    You’re in college… you should know the words “Walk away”!

  10. spoiledbratswhosuck says: May 3, 2013 8:07 AM

    College Football is loaded with thugs and punks disguised as athletes.

    Oral sex with a 14 yo is as bad.

    Knocking somebody unconcious is as bad as it gets.

    SEC is more about the $$$ than whats right.

    Truth = hate speech? Correct?

  11. polegojim says: May 3, 2013 9:53 AM

    What makes it worse is the Attorney stating it as though it was a ‘defense’.

    Actually made him look worse and supported all the critics comments and jabs.

    She proved it all true.

  12. manchestermiracle says: May 3, 2013 10:20 AM

    polegojim: Yeah, if that’s the best his counsel can do he either has no defense at all or else needs a real attorney. The last time I heard an excuse for an assault that was that lame it came out of the mouth of a five-year-old.

  13. mogogo1 says: May 3, 2013 11:52 AM

    When this is the best defense your attorney can come up with, you’re in very deep trouble. “They made fun of me so I beat the heck out of them” isn’t going to get him off in either real court or the court of public opinion.

  14. noaxetogrind says: May 3, 2013 12:35 PM

    Wow, as if the circumstances alone werent bad enough for this kid, he hires a law school drop out as an attorney whose defense is “my client was really hurt by insensitive comments referring to his previous arrest for inappropriate sexual activity with a minor”. Seems reasonable, who amongst us wouldn’t rage after that. By the way alligatorsnapper, you are somewhat confused as to the “fighting words” doctrine. Inflammatory rhetoric in and of itself is not a defense regardless of the verbage. The so called “N” word while despicable does not hold any more legal sway than if an African American called a Caucasian the “C” word. If those words are used however in conjunction with what a reasonable person could construe as a physically escalating situation and they were in fear, there MAY be merit for consideration but the threshhold for that is pretty high as it should be legally. Just being pissed off because somebody calls you a name is not a defensible position in any of our 50 states.

  15. mazblast says: May 3, 2013 3:39 PM

    Come on, people. We all know how this stuff turns out. This is big-time college football. If the victim can’t be forced/per$uaded to recant and the video can’t mysteriously disappear, the usual spineless DA will be intimidated/per$uaded by the boosters to bargain the crime down to a misdemeanor, the violation of his probation will be ignored, and the coach will suspend him for the big non-conference game against Little Sisters of Hoboken.

  16. jimbo75025 says: May 3, 2013 4:28 PM

    spoiledbratswhosuck says:May 3, 2013 8:07 AM

    College Football is loaded with thugs and punks disguised as athletes.
    Oral sex with a 14 yo is as bad.
    Knocking somebody unconcious is as bad as it gets.
    SEC is more about the $$$ than whats right.
    Truth = hate speech? Correct?
    ————–
    So this kind of thing only happens in the SEC? Hate to break it to you, but college football in general is all about the $$$.

  17. teedraper says: May 3, 2013 11:37 PM

    I wish punching people in the face for talking smack was a lawful rule bc I swear we wouldn’t have any of the conflicts that transpire. Never in my life have I seen people so soft & you know who you are to.

    I wish more of you could get punched in your face.

  18. lowtalker says: May 4, 2013 8:17 AM

    you have got to be kidding me!! . . . late at night . . in an area full of bars and young adults he was teased about getting a hummer from a 14 year old? What is the world coming to?

    fire the lawyer . . . that defense won’t get him anywhere with judge.

  19. foreverlsu says: May 4, 2013 10:12 AM

    Hope Jeremy Hill never dresses out in an LSU uniform again! Done with this thug!

  20. manchestermiracle says: May 4, 2013 11:38 AM

    teedraper wants to overturn the 1st Amendment. As usual it’s those with the poorest verbal skills who are usually trying to compensate with physical violence. And how ironic is it that this line of reasoning comes from someone with “raper” in their handle? Thanks for the laugh, teed!

  21. packerbadger says: May 9, 2013 9:13 AM

    thegonz13 says:May 3, 2013 5:17 AM

    You’re in college… you should know the words “Walk away”!
    ================================
    That would imply that these guys actually went to school. Football player in the Somewhat Educated Conference don’t really take higher learning classes. Yet ANOTHER SEC player in the news………just sayin’!

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