Shoe store employee chooses jail over helping police unravel how LSU football cleats ended up on eBay _lowres

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A Baton Rouge shoe store employee recently told police he would rather go to jail than cooperate with authorities in an investigation into some official, game-worn LSU football equipment that recently was sold on eBay, LSU police said.

And go to jail he did.

A police officer contacted Fletcher Sanders, 25, after an investigation revealed that he was the seller of a pair of cleats and gloves advertised on eBay as having been worn during LSU’s thrilling upset win against the Ole Miss Rebels in October, according to a police report.

Sanders told police that he sold the gear for an LSU football player. But when an investigator asked Sanders to name the football player, Sanders clammed up, according to the report.

The officer, in turn, told Sanders that he would be arrested if he did not cooperate, the report says.

“Do what you have to do,” Sanders responded, according to the report. “I am not going to be responsible for ruining someone’s career.”

So police followed up on their promise and booked him into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of principal to theft and possession of stolen things. He was released Tuesday after posting $3,000 bail, booking records show.

Sanders on Wednesday declined to comment about the incident.

The report says the equipment belonged to the football team, which leases such apparel to players. The student-athletes aren’t allowed to give away or sell the gear.

Capt. Cory Lalonde, an LSU police spokesman, said investigators believe the unauthorized sale was an isolated incident. The theft remains under investigation, and police are still trying to recover the official team shoes and gloves that were sold online, Lalonde said.

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