Two LSU football players arrested; both issued misdemeanor citations

Two LSU freshmen football players were arrested last week, one accused of stealing a bicycle outside the school’s Middleton Library and the other accused of tossing firecrackers into a campus apartment, an LSU police official said Monday.

Defensive linemen Trey Lealaimatafao, 17, of San Antonio, and Davon Godchaux, 19, of Plaquemine, were issued misdemeanor citations Thursday, Capt. Cory Lalonde said.

Their cases will be referred to the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office, he said.

Coach Les Miles met with both players, and they will be disciplined internally, LSU Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette said.

Lealaimatafao also made news headlines last week when he punched through a glass window July 21 in the team’s weight room, seriously injuring his arm. He was released from the hospital Wednesday.

The following day, Lealaimatafao was arrested on the misdemeanor theft charge stemming from a July 1 incident during which surveillance video captured him taking a bicycle from the loading dock area of the library.

“He did admit to investigators (Thursday) that he did take the bike,” Lalonde said, adding that Lealaimatafao indicated he borrowed the bicycle and thought is was permissible to do so if the bicycle wasn’t secured.

Lalonde said the player returned the bicycle to investigators, who returned it to the victim.

Godchaux’s arrest Thursday on a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge stemmed from an early morning July 21 incident in which firecrackers were thrown into a unit at LSU’s West Campus Apartments, causing a small fire that damaged a sofa, Lalonde said.

“He admitted to throwing the firecrackers into the apartment, but said it was intended as a prank,” the police captain said.