But wait! There’s more!
Earlier today, LSU defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao was arrested on Thursday for his involvement in a bar fight in a parking lot, in which he was accused of beating a man unconscious, picking his pockets and then punching the man’s girlfriend in the face. That led to LSU indefinitely suspending the defensive tackle from the team while the legal process plays itself out. It turns out Lealaimatafao was not the only LSU Tiger appearing in the police blotter in Baton Rouge.
LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings, defensive lineman Maquedius Bain and defensive back Dwayne Thomas were all arrested by LSU police and charged with unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling according to a new report from The Advocate. These three players were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish prison Thursday evening, and suspensions should probably be expected shortly from the LSU football office. At this point in time, it is unknown if there is any connection to the Lealaimatafao incident reported earlier in the day.
What is known is the unauthorized entry incident occurred Sunday, and the three accused Tigers were not alone. Three additional men were also believed to be involved, although there is no reported or confirmed connection to the football team according to the police report. It is reported the six men were attempting to reclaim items previously stolen from Jennings’ apartment earlier in the month, including a Sony PlayStation 4 and a MacBook Air (which had already been returned to Jennings) and shoes.
Thomas was identified by the alleged victim’s roommate, who was home at the time of the break-in. Time will tell just how this all plays out in the legal system, but there is one thing for sure right now. Head coach Les Miles may want to turn his cell phone off, because he is not getting a whole lot of good news on the phone today.
Jennings is expected to be the starting quarterback for LSU this spring, although now it remains to be seen if he will get to start the first game of the season, against McNeese State on September 5. Of course, LSU should win that game even if it has to suspend three-fourths of the starting line-up. Let’s hope it does not reach that point though. It has been a rough day for LSU football in the headlines, and it causes the program that has been dealt with numerous police issues in recent years to be on guard for just about anything.