The saga wtih LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson took another turn Thursday when a police report was made public and quoted a witness as being “certain” it was Jefferson who kicked in the face of a man alleged to have been beaten in a Baton Rouge bar fight. Four LSU players were involved, Jefferson the most prominent. More on the brawl here, as bar employees say the victim threw the first punch.
I spoke with Ole Miss defensive end Kentrell Lockett for a few minutes exiting the practice field Thursday. Lockett is from Hahnville, La., and played against Jefferson, of St. Rose, in high school. Both are New Orleans-area communities.
“He’s not that kind of guy, man, he’s not that kind of guy,” said Lockett, who appeared doubtful of Jefferson’s involvement even with a witness.
There’s a lot to still play out in the legal system in this case.
The Ole Miss incident earlier this week involving quarterback Randall Mackey, who was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge, had Rebels coach Houston Nutt reminiscing about the days of athletic dorms.
“It’s a different world now. That’s why they’ve got to have these guys as coaches, and you have to stay on them. That’s why I miss my dorm now. I really miss the athletics dorm, where we’re all under one roof. We eat together, sleep together, cry together, laugh together. It’s hard checking every night, duplexes and apartments, who you’re next to, and who moved in. That’s what gives coaches gray hair.”
An athlete looking for recreation or trouble – and sometimes those are interchangeable parts – will find it, and there were issues even in the days of athletic dorms.
But the demands of the sport are different now, and it wouldn’t be a bad thing for the NCAA to revisit its policies and find a way to help coaches keep up with players.