Witnesses: QB Jefferson involved
Baton Rouge Police are investigating a bar fight early Friday that reportedly involved several LSU football players, including senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson, a police spokesman said.
“Witness information we have gathered implicate him as being involved,” Sgt. Don Stone said of Jefferson.
The names of the other players accused in the fight were not released.
Four people were treated at a hospital for minor injuries because of the brawl, Stone said. None of those people were football players.
Stone said those four people are all “cooperating with the investigation” and may press charges.
“It’s our understanding that these four guys that were battered wish to pursue charges against the person or persons responsible,” Stone said.
The fight occurred at 1:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Shady’s at 623 E. Boyd Drive, south of the campus, Stone said. Jefferson was not there when police arrived.
Police are investigating the incident, but had not questioned Jefferson and had not made any arrests as of late Friday.
Stone said police are looking into whether the fight was caught on surveillance video from Shady’s or one of its neighboring establishments.
“We are aware of the incident that took place at an off-campus location at which some of our players were present,” LSU football coach Les Miles said in a news release.
“We don’t know to what extent our players were involved. We are trying to gather as much information as possible to get a better understanding of what exactly took place last night,” Miles added.
The LSU team held a lengthy scrimmage at their indoor practice facility late Thursday afternoon, which ended their fall camp and were given Friday off to rest.
The Tigers are scheduled to return to practice Saturday morning.
Jefferson, who is from St. Rose, turns 21 Thursday. He is preparing for his third consecutive season as the Tigers’ starting quarterback.
LSU has a 20-7 record in games Jefferson has started.
The Tigers are ranked No. 4 in the coaches preseason poll, and Jefferson is considered a key to LSU’s chances of competing for an SEC title.
The Tigers open the season against No. 3 Oregon on Sept. 3 in Arlington, Texas.