We look forward to the day when our sports reporters and criminal justice reporters no longer have to tag-team on coverage of LSU’s football team.
And maybe that day is drawing a bit nearer as the court proceedings involving a fight outside a local bar work their way through the legal system.
Several LSU football players were present at the bar past their curfew when the fight occurred.
An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury indicted suspended LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson on a misdemeanor charge of simple battery recently but declined to press any charges against teammate Joshua Johns. Both players subsequently were reinstated to the football team.
Jefferson should be presumed innocent of his misdemeanor charge unless proved guilty in a court of law. Some LSU fans are particularly excited about the return of Jefferson to the team because of his gifts as a quarterback.
We see no reason for high-fives all around after the latest developments in the case. At the very least, the football players who went to a local bar after their curfew exercised poor judgment. That’s a very poor reflection on LSU’s athletic program.
We hope the disciplinary actions taken by LSU football coach Les Miles gave his players a clear signal that inappropriate behavior won’t be tolerated.