LSU defensive tackle Davon Godchaux, a junior and three-year starter, was arrested Monday morning on misdemeanor counts of domestic abuse battery/child endangerment and false imprisonment, according to a police report.
Godchaux has been indefinitely suspended from the team, Associate Athletics Director Michael Bonnette told The Advocate.
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputies booked Godchaux at 5:10 a.m. Monday. He bonded out later Monday.
The mother of Godchaux’s 10-month-old child is the victim in the case. Because of “conflicting stories,” she was issued a misdemeanor summons on domestic abuse battery/child endangerment, the police report notes.
The victim alleges Godchaux and she were involved in a “tussle” at his apartment on Nicholson Drive over “infidelity” in their relationship. Godchaux expressed the two should separate, the victim told police, and she became "increasingly upset."
She then attempted to leave his apartment with the child before Godchaux grabbed her by the hair and then later grabbed her by the shoulder and “tossed (her) backwards near the couch,” the report says.
Police observed the victims’ swollen lip and red marks on her throat. Godchaux, who has braces, had cuts on the inside of his mouth, the report says.
Godchaux, a once highly touted prospect from Plaquemine, has started 26 games for the Tigers in three seasons. He took over as a starter just a few games into his true freshman season in 2014, and he has served this year as a rotating player at defensive end in LSU’s 3-4 defense.
Godchaux's arrest came just a few hours after LSU fired head coach Les Miles on Sunday afternoon, replacing him with Ed Orgeron, Godchaux's position coach.