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August 26, 2011

Jefferson charged, Miles reacts

Slightly more than one week after the altercation outside Shady's Bar, Baton Rouge police have finally made arrests.

Baton Rouge police have secured arrest warrants for quarterback Jordan Jefferson and linebacker Josh Johns. According to police spokesman Sgt. Don Stone, both Jefferson and Johns will be charged with second-degree battery.

Second-degree battery is a felony offense. This offense carries up to five years in prison and fines reaching $2,000. Second degree battery is defined as committing a battery where intentional serious bodily injury is inflicted.

This crime includes injury such as unconsciousness, extreme pain, disfigurement, loss or impairment or substantial risk of death.

Nathan Fisher, the two players' attorney, and LSU coach Les Miles requested that Jefferson and Johns turned themselves in to the police. The two players met that request.

Miles has indefinitely suspended both Jefferson and Johns from the team. Jefferson is the starting quarterback, while Johns is a third-unit linebacker.

Senior Jarrett Lee will now be the No. 1 quarterback. Junior college transfer Zack Mettenberger now settles in as the backup. Johns has missed much of preseason camp with an undisclosed injury.

"Jordan and Josh have been suspended indefinitely," said Miles through a university statement. "We will continue to cooperate with the authorities in an effort to find out exactly what took place during the incident.

"As sad as this incident is, it's important that we learn from this and that we take away a valuable lesson. This has weighed on all of us. It's time for us to come together as a team and focus on what we are here to do."

Jefferson and Johns were two of four LSU players questioned by Baton Rouge police earlier this week. The other two players interviewed by police were offensive tackle Chris Davenport and wide receiver Jarvis Landry. No charges have been filed against Davenport or Landry.

In the police report released Thursday, an eyewitness (Victoria Long) said that Jefferson kicked Andrew Lowery, one of four individuals who received injuries. Long told police that Johns attacked Lowery during the fight outside the bar.


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