East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore suggested the charges against LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings and two other football players could be dropped.
And Les Miles added some fuel to the fire regarding the arrests during his yearly speech to the Baton Rouge Rotary Club.
Miles spoke directly to one of the guests, Moore, at the Rotary Club meeting held in the club area of the new south end zone addition to Tiger Stadium.
“I’m on your schedule,” Miles said, pointing to Moore, sitting in the far side of the room. “I will operate accordingly.”
The room burst into laughter before Miles added, “Please don’t write that in the paper. Please.”
Moore, in speaking to reporters after the speech, had no substantial news on the on-going investigation into the incident involving Jennings, defensive back Dwayne Thomas and defensive lineman Maquedius Bain. He hasn’t formally charged the three.
All there were arrested for unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling after walking into the apartment of a fellow student to retrieve items allegedly stolen from Jennings a week before. Jennings filed a police report for the stolen items.
Moore did say that if Jennings’ case didn’t involve athletes, it would likely have been dismissed already. The case could be “decided fairly soon,” he said.
“If this was a regular case, take football out of it, if it just involved a regular LSU student, you wouldn’t have known it happened. It would routinely be dismissed,” he said. “I’m taking my time to get it right.”
Moore is waiting on the transcripts of interviews of those involved in the case. He said he was supposed to get the transcripts Tuesday.
“It could be today or tomorrow,” he said.
Miles over the last several weeks has said that Jennings will return to the team and said he’s “optimistic” about the arrested players and that a resolution is coming soon. He did it again Wednesday.
“Unfortunately this seems to happen every year,” Moore said. “It’s frustrating for me and for the coaches, I’m sure. These are all young kids who make stupid mistakes.”