LSU has dismissed defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao from the football team, the school announced Monday.
Lealaimatafao was arrested for simple battery and simple robbery, a felony, on June 19 stemming from a June 16 fight in the parking lot of Reggie’s Bar.
The arrest was Lealaimatafao’s third such off-the-field incident and second arrest in one year in Baton Rouge.
“Trey is no longer a member of our football team,” LSU coach Les Miles said in a statement released by the school. “We have gathered information on this incident, and we feel it’s best for us to part ways.”
A redshirt freshman from Texas, Lealaimatafao dug through the pockets of an unconscious man and then punched the man’s girlfriend in the face with a closed fist in the parking lot of Reggie’s, police records show. Three eyewitnesses told police that the football player fled the scene when authorities arrived. All three witnesses gave police similar accounts of the incident and identified Lealaimatafao out of a photo lineup, records show.
Lealaimatafao was arrested on the same day in which three other LSU football players were booked for different charges. Quarterback Anthony Jennings, defensive back Dwayne Thomas and defensive lineman Maquedius Bain were arrested for unauthorized entry to an inhabited dwelling. Thomas also was booked for simple burglary.
Those three players on indefinite suspension, school spokesman Michael Bonnette said Monday.
Lealaimatafao, a 6-foot, 300-pound former three-star prospect, didn’t play a down as a rookie last year after two off-the-field incidents last summer. He punched through a window in the team’s weight room in July, severely cutting his left arm, and later was arrested for allegedly stealing a bicycle outside of LSU’s Middleton Library.
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