The fight began around 1:30 a.m. on Friday and escalated quickly, and four people were hospitalized, one with several broken vertebrae. All will recover, but the playing careers of the four football team members involved may not be so lucky.
The players -- Jefferson, wide receiver Jarvis Landry, offensive lineman Chris Davenport and linebacker Josh Johns -- are all suspected of involvement in the fight, which took place outside Shady's Bar in Baton Rouge. They could face both legal and team disciplinary consequences.
LSU football coach Les Miles said at a press conference on Friday that the players had explicitly violated team standards both by fighting and by being at the bar past curfew to begin with. Whatever legal proceedings that are ongoing, we will cooperate with and see how that all figures, he said. I know that they are still gathering information, and at the appropriate time we will take strong action. I can tell you we have started disciplining our team because this was a team violation. This was not just a guy; this was the team.
The school's athletic director, Joe Alleva, spoke even more harshly. We will not tolerate student-athletes whose irresponsible actions tarnish the good name of a great university, he told reporters. LSU student-athletes are expected to behave with the understanding that they represent their school, their fellow students and the long history of this program, regardless of the time of day.
According to the Advocate, a newspaper in Baton Rouge, the players and anyone else found to have been involved in the fight could face misdemeanor or felony battery charges, which can carry up to five years in prison. However, no one has been charged yet, and investigators say they are still interviewing witnesses and gathering additional information.