Four men claim in a lawsuit that former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson and former LSU linebacker Joshua Michael Johns attacked them without provocation outside a Baton Rouge bar last year.
The men are suing Jefferson, Johns and DBJ Interests LLC, doing business as Shady’s bar. The men alleged Jefferson and Johns seriously injured them on Aug. 19 and that Shady’s failed to safeguard its parking lot against such incidents.
Lewis O. Unglesby, attorney for Jefferson, said Tuesday: “The only person injured in this was Jordan, who lost the opportunity to play in the first six games” of LSU’s 2011 football season.
In a criminal case, Jefferson faces a misdemeanor charge of simple battery in the incident in the bar’s parking lot. A hearing in that case is scheduled June 11.
The civil suit was filed late Monday, the same day the Tampa Bay Times reported that Jefferson signed a contract Sunday with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Thomas C. Damico, attorney for Johns, said, “I think it’s a frivolous lawsuit in regard to Josh.”
Damico noted that a grand jury of the 19th Judicial District chose not to indict Johns on any charge. Damico said he believes Johns was misidentified as a participant in the parking lot fight.
“He simply was not involved,” Damico said. “There simply was nothing there.”
Requests for comment were left on a telephone answering service and email address for Brandon Lagarde, an attorney listed in records of the Secretary of State’s Office as agent for DBJ Interests. Lagarde did not respond to those requests for comment.
Calls to Shady’s at 623 E. Boyd Drive were not answered Tuesday afternoon.
David Michael Sheely, listed in state records as an officer and member of DBJ Interests, could not be located for comment.
The civil suit was filed late Monday in 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge by attorney Michael P. Bienvenu on behalf of the four men claiming to have been injured by Jefferson and Johns. Those four are Eric M. Ewen, Jordan M. Wills, Cayne A. Cox and Andrew R. Lowery.
Ewen and Lowery allege in the suit that they suffered
serious back and facial injuries.
Bienvenu said in the suit that “Ewen sustained three fractured vertebrae, a bulging and/or herniated vertebral disc, multiple fractured teeth” and cuts and bruises.
“Lowery sustained a fracture of his maxilla (upper jaw) bone, fractured teeth, a bulging and/or herniated vertebral disc” and cuts and bruises, according to the suit.
Wills and Cox allege in the suit that they suffered cuts and bruises to the head, face and body.
The civil suit is assigned to District Judge Wilson Fields.
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