Details begin to emerge in bar fight

TSD Managing Editor/Beat Writer
Posted Aug 21, 2011


BRPD spokesman Sgt. Don Stone said one of the four Tigers has been accused of kicking a victim in the head. Meanwhile, Baton Rouge attorney Nathan Fisher took the case involving four Tigers who have been identified as persons of interest in a bar fight on Friday.

More details leaked out Sunday in regard to the fight involving at least four LSU football players outside of Shady’s Bar early Friday morning that sent four men to Baton Rouge hospitals.

BRPD spokesman Sgt. Don Stone said the fight apparently started in part when a driver honked his horn at a crowd blocking his way out of the bar's parking lot.

Stone also confirmed a report that as part of the ongoing investigation, at least one witness told the police that one of the four Tigers kicked one of the victims in the head.

In a report by WAFB-TV Friday, several witnesses were cited saying that senior starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson kicked someone in the head, a claim his father, John Jefferson, vehemently denied on Saturday.

John Jefferson declined to talk about the incident any further Sunday.

“We have heard that, yes,” Stone said about the alleged kick. “However, I cannot confirm that it happen(ed) or who is the responsible party if it did happen.”

In particular, Stone said he couldn't say the assailant was Jefferson as Friday’s reports indicated.

Meanwhile, the four players identified as persons of interest in the case will not meet with Baton Rouge Police Department investigators on Monday morning as initially planned.

Late Saturday night, Jefferson, along with sophomore linebacker Josh Johns, sophomore offensive lineman Chris Davenport and freshman receiver Jarvis Landry, were asked by the BRPD to report to the local precinct by Monday morning to be interviewed and give their side of the story.

However, Baton Rouge attorney Nathan Fisher, who will represent all four players, asked for the meeting to be postponed.

BRPD said they will now meet with the players on Tuesday morning, however, Fisher said the police haven't contacted him yet about the new date.

“It’s my understanding is that it has been rescheduled, but I can’t tell you when,” Fisher said. “I want to do it this week, but I’m not sure when it will happen.”

Fisher said he has spent his day “trying to find people and talk to different people.” When asked if he intended to allow his four clients to speak on their own behalf, he said “I have not made that decision yet. If I had to say right now, no.”

Fisher, who has previously represented LSU athletes in several high-profile cases, said he wants the investigation to move forward as quickly as possible.

“We’re going to try, as is the district attorney I’m sure, to get a quick resolution because of the obvious reason that the season is about to start,” he said.

Asked if this looms as a case of he said-he said, Fisher said “I would agree with that.”

Michael Bienvenu, the attorney for the four alleged victims said all of them intend to press charges. None of the four remains hospitalized, but two of are "still seeking medical attention." Bienvenu confirmed that one of his clients was kicked in the head during the fight.

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