There will be no team vote when it comes to the status of defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao at LSU. Les Miles has sent him packing.
In a brief statement released Monday afternoon, LSU announced Lealaimatafao has been dismissed from the team by Miles. The statement confirmed the dismissal is a reaction to an off-field incident involving Lealaimatafao previously reported.
“Trey is no longer a member of our football team,” Miles said in his brief statement. “We have gathered information on this incident and we feel it’s best for us to part ways.”
Earlier this month Lealaimatafao was arrested and charged for simple battery and simple robbery. The incident allegedly occurred in the parking lot of a bar in Baton Rouge. According to the original reports, Lealaimatafao beat another man unconscious and punched that alleged victim’s girlfriend in the face. As if that was not enough, he also allegedly picked the male victim’s pockets before fleeing.
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.
When it comes to college football players, it seems no good can come from going to a bar. Such is the case today for LSU defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao, who was arrested today for simple battery and simple robbery after fighting in the parking lot of a bar in Baton Rouge. LSU has indefinitely suspended Lealaimatafao as a result and will allow the legal process to play out before making any further decisions regarding his status. This is his third off-the-field incident and second arrest in a year.
According to The Advocate, Lealaimatafao beat another man unconscious and followed that by beating the male victim’s girlfriend. The report says he punched the woman with a closed fist in the parking lot of Reggie’s Bar, which if you recall is the same locale that was the scene of the Jeremy Hill incident from last summer. Maybe LSU players should just stop going there? After beating the male victim, Lealaimatafao allegedly proceeded to pick the victim’s pockets and left the scene of the fight as police were arriving. He currently remains in jail on a $15,000 bond.
Last July, Lealaimatafao was arrested for allegedly stealing a bicycle from an on-campus library. That happened just one day after being released from a hospital after receiving treatment for his arm, which he injured after punching through a weight-room window. Following this latest legal situation, Lealaimatafao’s future at LSU is very much to be considered up in the air.
How LSU addresses this will also be under a microscope. With prior infractions, Lealaimatafao has no margin for error. If the legal system makes him pay, LSU could follow with a dismissal. However, Les Miles has been known to leave a decision like this up to the team, and that does not always go over very well in the eyes of the public. If punished by the law, and dismissed by LSU, Lealaimatafao will not have another SEC school to land given the conference’s focus on not allowing transfers with players with violent criminal backgrounds.