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Felony charge reduced, Jalen Mills back practicing with LSU

Jalen Mills

It didn’t take long for Jalen Mills to crawl out of the proverbial doghouse and back onto LSU’s practice field.

On the same day Mills’ felony charge was reduced to a misdemeanor, the defensive back was back practicing with his Tiger teammates. Monday was the opening of LSU’s summer camp, meaning the veteran safety missed very little time because of his legal issue.

In June, Mills was arrested and charged with second-degree battery, a felony, after allegedly punching a woman in the mouth. He was indefinitely suspended because of the incident.

Very early Monday morning, it was reported that Mills had pleaded the felony down to misdemeanor simple battery, clearing the way for his return to the Tigers.

“Jalen practiced with us today,” LSU head coach Les Miles said in post-practice quotes distributed by the school. “He was suspended from the team for the entire summer. He will continue to be disciplined internally.

“The decision to let him come back took time. After an entire summer of suspension we felt like we’d bring him back, but he will continue to be disciplined.”

Speaking to reporters after practice, Miles was quoted as saying that “[a] misdemeanor being what it is, we’re moving forward.”

So, in summation, a felony punch to a woman’s face nets a suspension and uncertain future for a player, while a plea-deal misdemeanor involving a woman being punched in the face is grounds for immediate reinstatement. Good to know, Coach Hat. Oh, and speaking of immediate reinstatement…

Mills, a three-star member of the Tigers’ 2012 recruiting class, started every game the past two years at cornerback, 26 in all. This past spring, he was moved to safety.

Funny how things work out in both the legal system and within a football program when talented, productive, needed players are involved.

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11 Responses to “Felony charge reduced, Jalen Mills back practicing with LSU”
  1. deucez2 says: Aug 5, 2014 8:28 AM

    Were you expecting anything different out of ol’ Lester?

  2. whenwilliteverend says: Aug 5, 2014 8:46 AM

    I wonder how much they paid the police department to get the charges reduced.

  3. bigdinla says: Aug 5, 2014 9:39 AM

    Lol typical Louisiana justice!

  4. infrno says: Aug 5, 2014 10:01 AM

    “Mills’ attorney, Brent Stockstill, said Mills plans to plead not guilty to the charge.” – The Baton Rouge Advocate

    So no, it wasn’t a plea deal. The DA chose to charge him with a misdemeanor and he’s going to fight the charges. I suspect that the outcome of that will determine what further disciplinary actions are taken.

  5. geech72 says: Aug 5, 2014 10:04 AM

    Had there been a video of the incident the penalties would have been much more severe; they would have held a team vote. According to the police report the woman fell to the ground and was briefly unconscious. F the charges that’s all the info we need to boot his ass. This team’s discipline is embarassing.

  6. PokeSalad says: Aug 5, 2014 12:21 PM

    Word is, he called Ray Rice for some advice.

  7. buckcat says: Aug 5, 2014 1:34 PM

    $E¢, $E¢!

  8. infrno says: Aug 5, 2014 2:50 PM

    LOL, I guess innocent until proven guilty is only for internet geeks and armchair quarterbacks.

    Let’s be clear, he did not get a “plea deal”, he maintains his innocence, and all that has happened thus far is that he has been allowed to re-join team practices. If he’s guilty, then we will see what discipline comes from it. Until then, you’re all bloviating hot air.

  9. kando53 says: Aug 5, 2014 6:20 PM

    Typical big school/big business hypocrisy!

  10. southernpatriots says: Aug 7, 2014 2:09 PM

    inferno:

    Thank you for your high reading comprehension and accurate posting. The DA reduced the charges believing he could not make the original charges stick. To the reduced charges, Mills’ attorney said he will plead “not guilty” so a plea has not been entered or accepted. This may not even get to trial because of additional information that will be given to the DA.

    It sure is good to be getting very near the start of the new season and actual football being reported on and not all this other stuff.

  11. infrno says: Aug 7, 2014 2:36 PM

    Thanks southernpatriots. As I’m sure you are aware, there has been rumbling about this being a trumped-up affair from day one. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

    And I agree, the season is almost upon us!

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