Police may not interview LSU players
Players’ attorney ask for delay of interview with authorities
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The attorney for LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson and three of his teammates says he is not aware of any immediate plans for the players to be interviewed by police about a bar fight that allegedly involved them.
Police had asked Jefferson, along with offensive lineman Chris Davenport, defensive lineman Josh Johns and receiver Jarvis Landry, to offer their recollection of the fight to police Monday morning. However, Nathan Fisher, the attorney for the players, asked for a delay.
Police Sgt. Don Stone says such delays are standard and the players do not have to come in at all. Stone also stresses that police chief Dewayne White is not giving LSU players any special treatment and the investigation of the fight will continue with or without players’ cooperation.
“These guys aren’t going anywhere, they’re not a flight risk. It’s not like we don’t know where they’re at,” Stone said. “If they don’t come in, it does not halt our investigation. It continues. It’s not like we’re sitting around waiting for them. We still have witnesses to interview. … And if it reaches the point to where the evidence supports the allegations, we’ll obtain arrest warrants for the persons responsible and if it’s these four football players, they’ll be arrested and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish jail.”
Fisher said he did not want to discuss the facts of the case in the media. However, Fisher did say he believes Stone has made some inaccurate statements about the case.
Currently, police are aware of four alleged victims in the case, who were treated and released at a hospital. Three had minor injuries and a fourth had a more serious injury that could bring a felony charge of second-degree battery, Stone said.
Stone added that witnesses have described one of the victims being kicked in the head while lying on the ground, but declined to specify who did the kicking or who got kicked.
The fourth-ranked Tigers open the season against No. 3 Oregon on Sept. 3 at Cowboys Stadium.
Jefferson was expected to be the starting quarterback in the game, but if he cannot play, senior Jarrett Lee would be the likely starter behind center, with junior college transfer Zach Mettenberger next in line.