LSU’s defensive line took a bit of a hit just days before getting set to open fall camp. LSU defensive end Maquedius Bain took to Twitter Monday afternoon to announce he is leaving the Tigers, thanking LSU for a wonderful experience.
While not a starter on the LSU defensive line, Bain was expected to provide some solid depth in the trenches, as noted by The Advocate. Bain recently switched positions for the Tigers, moving from defensive tackle to defensive end this spring. He was one of the players recently reinstated by LSU head coach Les Miles on Friday, along with quarterback Anthony Jennings and defensive back Dwayne Thomas. Despite being reinstated, Miles suggested in a statement there would be a review for possible in-house punishment. Bain, Jennings and Thomas were all connected to an unauthorized entry incident, but the alleged victim requested for any charges to be dropped.
But there is some good news for LSU’s defensive line concerns. Defensive tackle Mickey Johnson has decided to stay put at LSU after missing the spring practice season. Johnson had been reported to consider a transfer out of the program.
LSU is scheduled to open fall camp later this week.
LSU has reinstated three players just days before fall practices are scheduled to open in Baton Rouge. Quarterback Anthony Jennings, defensive lineman Maquedius Bain and defensive back Dwayne Thomas will all be available to practice after being indefinitely suspended from the program.
LSU head coach Les Miles made the decision Friday afternoon with the indication the three players will undergo further in-house discipline. All three were suspended in response to an incident involving alleged unauthorized entry of an inhabited building. The alleged victim in that incident has since asked for the charges against the LSU football players to be dropped. That is exactly what has happened, allowing the door for Miles to welcome back all three, which he suspected might be the case.
No formal charges were filed against the three LSU players.
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.