The LSU bar fight case still has yet to hit the Baton Rouge courtroom, however the attorneys representing the players and victims are already engaging in heated defense arguments. Jordan Jefferson and Josh Johns are being charged with second degree battery.
Michael Bienvenu, the attorney for Andrew Lowery (the marine who was allegedly kicked in the head by Jefferson), claims the fight outside Shady’s Bar on August 19th has been “misrepresented as a fight” and asserts it was an attack on his clients, not a fight. He further explained,
“They didn’t throw a punch; they didn’t do anything to provoke it. It was an attack by 10-15 people who have yet to be identified but who need to be identified for justice to be served in the case. These other two individuals, Johns and Jefferson, had something to do with the Andrew Lowery part of it. Take it for what it’s worth. We’re still cooperating with police, they are still investigating and it’s possible other arrests may be made in this case.”
On the flip side, Jordan Jefferson’s attorney, Lewis Unglesby, attacked the Baton Rouge Police Department’s handling of the case, saying “Jefferson is a victim of his celebrity” and characterizing some of the Baton Rouge Police Department’s actions as “pure laziness or fear of the evidence.” Unglesby later went on to say,
“It should have been nothing. If you’re going to charge people, you give a whole bunch of people misdemeanor summons and you figure it out later. That’s what they would have done if his name was Jordan Jones. This is all about his status. The whole thing is ridiculous. I can’t say it loud enough, hard enough, mean enough, straight enough. There are fistfights at college bars every week. Dozens. I know every lawyer in Baton Rouge and no one has ever represented anybody who got into a fight in a bar charged with second-degree battery.”
What Unglesby fails to realize is that most run-of-the-mill college bar fights don’t leave people with broken bones, fractured teeth, fractured vertebrae and concussions. Jefferson and Johns are innocent until proven guilty-nobody is questioning that. They have the right to be represented by quality defense, however the “aw, it was just a little ol’ bar fight” defense doesn’t qualify.
Both, Jefferson and Johns are suspended for Saturday night’s season opener against No. 3 Oregon at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Unglesby continues to try and coax coach Les Miles to reinstate Jefferson to the team, continually claiming Jefferson is innocent.
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