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Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

Posted on: August 22, 2011 1:49 am
Edited on: August 22, 2011 2:14 am
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Looks can, of course, be deceiving. But there's no question things currently look bad for Jordan Jefferson.

LSU's senior starting quarterback will, at least, not be arrested Monday following his involvement in Friday morning's Baton Rouge bar fight; a scheduled meeting between police, Jefferson, and three other Bayou Bengal players (Jarvis Landry, Josh Johns and Chris Davenport) has been delayed until Tuesday, at the request of the attorney of the four players.

But that attorney has not ruled out an arrest at that time, and if police believe it is still "likely" they book one of the "individuals associated with the fight" (as officer Donald Stone said Sunday), that player could well be Jefferson.

According to a Stone statement late Sunday, police were told by "multiple witnesses" that one of the football players involved in the fight had kicked another individual in the head -- though Stone declined to specify which football player the witnesses had named. The victim was eventually taken to the hospital.

But despite Stone's reticence, witnesses speaking to television station WAFB -- with one notable exception -- were willing and able to name Jefferson as the player who'd delivered the kick to the head. The description of the incident, according to the WAFB report (emphasis added):
Several people who claim to have witnessed the incident tell 9NEWS that around 2 a.m. Friday, a young man driving a truck blew his horn to get a group of people blocking the driveway to move out of the way at Shady's Bar on East Boyd Ave.  That's when they say a group of people pulled the driver out of the truck and began beating him.  That's when they say a Marine who had just returned from training ran to assist the driver and was beaten and thrown to the ground.  Multiple people who claim to have witnessed the incident tell 9NEWS LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson then kicked the Marine in the head. 

One young man who gave those same details to WAFB 9NEWS also told the same details to Baton Rouge Police.
It's very much worth noting that that account isn't the only one of the incident; "at least one witness" told WAFB that Jefferson was not involved in the fracas and never threw a punch.

But putting the proverbial 2 and 2 together seems to equal trouble for Jefferson all the same. We know that witnesses have already told police that a football player kicked someone in the head. We know that several alleged witnesses -- at least one of which has also repeated that account to the police -- have told WAFB that it was Jefferson kicking that someone in the head. And we know police felt secure enough in their initial round of interviews to call a second-degree battery arrest "likely."

Does all of that add up to the arrest that might keep Jefferson out of the epic season opener against Oregon? Not yet, it sure doesn't. Jefferson's attorney has suggested that police have yet to speak to witnesses that might have differing accounts of the incident, and it's entirely possible that either the player-in-question isn't Jefferson or that police won't bother with an arrest for whatever reason.

What we can say for certain is this: whatever the eventual fallout, the events of last Friday morning aren't going to do any shred of good for LSU, or Jordan Jefferson.

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: August 22, 2011 9:55 pm

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

just cause dude was a marine dont mean he is fighting machine.. knowing how those type of people fight they all probably jumped the marine as well.. how about instead of jail time they each get locked in a room with that marine for 5 minutes.. or have a gang of marines on one of them even better.. Those players are very lucky that the marine didnt have a squad with him they would have beat shit down all there legs

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 22, 2011 9:15 pm

Inaccurate info

If he was a marine, he would have taken out three LSU football players in about five seconds.  So, it must be false info.

Since: Aug 22, 2011
Posted on: August 22, 2011 7:33 pm

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

If the roles are reversed this would be national news.If it were four white guys pulling a black man out of his vehichle and beating him,everyone would be screaming Hate Crime at the top of their lungs.Discrimination and hate goes both ways,it just seems like to me it's only a hate crime when the crime is comitted against a african american.Where's Sharpton,Jackson,and all the crying hate crime enthusiast at now.

Since: Nov 25, 2010
Posted on: August 22, 2011 7:26 pm

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

Did anyone involved get Free Tattoos? if not, no story here....move on.

Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: August 22, 2011 7:19 pm

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

To all that say it was just a bar fight, how about this:

An LSU quarterback tried to enter a driveway, blew his horn and was dragged out of a car by 15 Marines and had the shirt kicked out of him. 
Would you say, it was just a college bar fight and say get over it?  Doubt it.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: August 22, 2011 6:24 pm

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

From what I read, everyone was released from the hospital and three had very minor injuries/issues.  The fourth was hurt more, but they did not say how much more.  I assume the fourth was the Marine that got kicked in the head while down.  I expect for us all to have more facts to comment on tomorrow, and we should know more about the truth as to what actually happened and who from LSU was involved.  If Jefferson is on the practice field today, I hope he is the scout team QB because I do not see him playing against Oregon.  No use wasting valuable snaps. 

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: August 22, 2011 6:01 pm

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

It's a BAR fight....No one got shot. Kids got drunk, butts kicked, names taken....Whatever a$$!  Dude, what you say only has merit if nobody gets hurt.  I don't know what kind of shape the marine who was kicked in the head is in, but I pray he recovers completely.  I know all to well what can happen in bar fights.  One of my childhood friends has spent the last 25 years unable to take care of himself as a result of having his head pounded in a bar fight.  I would not wish being pemanently disabled on anyone.

Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: August 22, 2011 5:13 pm

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

Bar brawls are like a right of passage for college fball players

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: August 22, 2011 4:25 pm

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

Crazy LSU player acting like an idiot??  You know we have tests for everything, to drive a car, graduate highschool, even to get into college.  How about making a simple test for these losers to see what type of person there are and how they will act in the future.  Just do the right thing here LSU (and Oregon) and kick these losers off the team and hae ESPN get ready for an 30/30 show on them in a few years!

Since: Dec 3, 2009
Posted on: August 22, 2011 4:20 pm

Witnesses tell TV Jefferson kicked man in head

Im an army man my self ,I always  thouht that marines were mostly butt holes,im sure there are some exceptions ,my daddy  a carreer navy man,recently died ,if still alive ,Im sure he would argue about the exceptions !

Wow really? I actually think that the Army is usually fat and sloppy, there are of course some exceptions.  We may be "buttholes" sometimes but we get the job done.

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