Late Saturday night, Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman Sgt. Don Stone confirmed that four LSU players, including starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson, have been identified as suspects as part of the ongoing investigation into a fight outside of Shady’s Bar early Friday morning that sent four men to local hospitals
Stone flatly denied a report on www.SportsNOLA.com that the four LSU players will be arrested and taken into custody. They have been asked to come to police headquarters for an interview.
“I don’t know who the source is who’s putting this out, but it’s not me,” Stone said of the pending arrests. “I’m the only source is me and I haven’t released that information.
“We have contacted LSU and we have requested that Jefferson, Davenport, Johns and Landry report to the BRPD Monday morning at 9 o’clock so that they can be interviewed as part of this investigation. Right now we’re not going to arrest them at this time. We’re not ruling out that they won’t be arrested, but they need to come in and tell their part of the story like everybody else.”
Stone said the report of the charges levied against the four, ranging from simple battery (misdemeanor) to second degree battery (felony and possible jail time) are a stretch at this point – that nobody has been charged, nor will be charges be decided until the players have been interviewed.
“We’re not saying that right now,” Stone said. “We haven’t even talked to these four gentlemen to get their side of the story so that would be premature.
“They’ve been implicated and we need to talk to them and get their side of the story.”
Stone also said no warrants have been issued for the four. Instead, they have been asked to report to the police department office as a courtesy.
If they don’t show up?
“I’m not sure warrants would be issued,” Stone said. “We expect them to cooperate and not have to worry about that step.”
Efforts late Saturday to reach LSU coach Les Miles, media relations director Michael Bonnette and Jefferson’s father, John Jefferson were unsuccessful.
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