LSU football coach Les Miles on Monday indefinitely suspended star running back Jeremy Hill, two days after Hill’s arrest for his alleged role in a fight at an off-campus bar.
While LSU took official action, a Baton Rouge police report released Monday disclosed additional details of the fight at Reggie’s Bar in Tigerland, including that Hill and a second man reportedly exchanged a high-five after attacking a man from behind.
The report also says the running back denied taking part in the fight, even after police showed him a video of the encounter.
It remains unclear if Hill, who was booked with misdemeanor simple battery, will miss any games this fall or will be able to return for preseason workouts starting in August.
The charges also put Hill at risk for violating terms of two years supervised probation stemming from a plea deal in a December 2010 incident, when the running back was a student at Redemptorist High School.
Miles, who returned from an appearance on the NFL Network during its draft coverage in New York, said in a statement he would not comment publicly until the matter involving Hill has been adjudicated.
“We’re not going to make it an ongoing dialogue in the media,” LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette said. “Coach will let it play out through the legal system before he comments any further.”
Bonnette said Hill has been suspended from team-related activities. He said he was not sure when Miles informed Hill of his suspension.
Hill gained 755 yards and scored 12 touchdowns on 145 carries last season as a freshman. This spring, he was atop the LSU depth chart and rushed for 103 yards on 13 carries during the Tigers’ spring game April 27.
The police report says a cellphone video shows the victim getting up off the ground and walking away from Hill and a second, unidentified man before the pair attacked him from behind. The report does not show how the victim initially ended up on the ground.
The video shows Hill punching the 20-year-old male victim behind his left ear as the victim was walking away, and then shows the second man delivering a blow that knocked the victim unconscious.
The video shows Hill and the other man “giving each other high fives and flaunting in front of” the victim after the man fell to the ground, the police report says.
On the video, the camera operator then can be heard saying “Jeremy Hill punching people,” the report says.
East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore III said Monday it’s possible the charges against Hill could be upgraded, but added “simple battery is probably the appropriate charge based on what I’ve seen right now.”
Marci Blaize, Hill’s attorney, said Monday that “numerous individuals” made derogatory comments to Hill the night of the fight, but she declined to say whether the victim made the comments or what was said.
Blaize said she has not seen the video but has had it described to her “by numerous sources.”
“Obviously, Jeremy was there as the video indicates,” Blaize, referring to the cellphone video of the bar fight, said in an email. “However, there is most likely more to the story than what is contained in a 30-second video.”
Blaize declined to elaborate her statement, saying she was still gathering information about the fight.
Baton Rouge police are still seeking the second suspect in the incident. The report released Monday does not provide any description of the second suspect.
Moore did not have any details regarding any progress in locating the suspect.
“We wish we knew right now,” Moore said. “The Police Department is working on that, and he needs to be found. He should be easy to identify based on what I saw, and I believe someone out there knows exactly who he is.”
Moore said his office received a copy of the cellphone video, but is “still in the middle of reviewing everything police have obtained.”
The victim’s father declined comment when reached by telephone Monday afternoon.
Clifford Crouch, the investigating officer for Baton Rouge police, was dispatched to the bar, located at 1176 Bob Petit Blvd., at 2:13 a.m. after fellow officers responded to reports of the fight, according to the police report.
Crouch saw no fight in progress when he arrived at the scene but did find the victim, the report says. He reported that the victim had minor cuts on his hands and was swaying as he stood. On the back of the victim’s head was a lump, and he told police he remembered waking up on the ground after being punched a second time.
Baton Rouge police Capt. Dwayne Bovia notified LSU officials about the incident, while Crouch contacted university police for assistance in locating Hill, according to the report.
Bonnette, the LSU spokesman, said LSU officials typically receive an email from police anytime an incident involving a student-athlete happens.
LSU police told Crouch that Hill lived at West Campus Apartments, and they escorted Crouch to the property but did not find Hill there, according to the report. LSU police notified their Baton Rouge counterparts at 3:50 a.m. that they had detained Hill in the complex’s parking lot.
The running back told Crouch he was in Tigerland but not involved in the fight — even after Crouch showed him the video, the report says.
Hill pleaded guilty in January 2012 to misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile after he and another student engaged in a sexual act with a 14-year-old girl in the school’s locker room. He was sentenced to six months of suspended jail time, and a condition of his probation was that he “refrain from all criminal conduct,” court records show.
Moore said it’s likely Hill will be summoned to court in the next week to review conditions of his probation, and State District Judge Bonnie Jackson could place additional stipulations on the current terms.
However, any decision about revoking Hill’s probation could follow the standard procedure of waiting for the newest case involving the running back to be resolved.
“She’ll eventually make up her mind as far as any possible revocation,” Moore said.
Blaize, Hill’s attorney, she is not sure if Hill’s latest arrest will affect his probation in the carnal knowledge of a juvenile case.