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DNA evidence inconclusive for Jefferson, Johns

Posted on: September 20, 2011 12:58 am
Posted by Adam Jacobi

No. 3 LSU has caught a major break in the August assault case that has kept QB Jordan Jefferson and LB Josh Johns off the field for the first three weeks, as it appears there may not be sufficient evidence linking the two players to the fight. Jefferson and Johns have both been suspended indefinitely since August 26, when both were charged with second degree felonies for their alleged roles in a bar fight that left two men hospitalized.

LSU RapidReporter Glenn Guilbeau has reported that the DNA tests on Jefferson's shoes have been ruled inconclusive by East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore, as have the tests on Johns' shoes. This development isn't quite the same as a full-on exoneration, but it is enough for Jefferson's attorney Lewis Unglesby to declare that Jefferson never should have been arrested in the first place.

Since the assault case is before a grand jury, it's up to that grand jury to decide whether to drop the charges or formally press them, according to Moore. Moore expects the grand jury to meet at least a second time, according to Guilbeau, and does not expect a decision to be made by Wednesday. To that end, it's probably unlikely that Jefferson will be cleared to participate in LSU's game at No. 16 West Virginia this Saturday.

Fortunately for LSU, even if Jefferson were exonerated immediately and allowed to participate in Saturday's contest, there's hardly a guarantee that he would be asked to start, as senior Jarrett Lee has been outstanding in his triumphant return to the starting role at quarterback. In his first three games (including a Dallas game against then-No. 3 Oregon and a road date with then-No. 25 Mississippi State), Lee has thrown for 444 yards and three touchdowns with only one interception in 40-59 passing. Better yet, the Tigers are 3-0 and rolling.

So even as Jefferson had started 27 of his last 28 games before his suspension, and had been considered a lock at starting quarterback before the August 19 assault that Jefferson was allegedly involved in took place, the play of Lee has made Jefferson's return more of a nice bonus than a coming of the cavalry. It will be interesting to see, though, just how long Lee's allowed to stay in a game once Jefferson comes back if the Tigers' passing game starts struggling again. 

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 4:45 am

DNA evidence inconclusive for Jefferson, Johns

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Posted on: December 19, 2011 4:01 am

DNA evidence inconclusive for Jefferson, Johns

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:01 pm

DNA evidence inconclusive for Jefferson, Johns

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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2011 3:54 pm

DNA evidence inconclusive for Jefferson, Johns

Yes if he was white I would still call him trash because thats what he is. Anyone who gives a team bad press no matter the color of their skin is trash. Plus hes trash on the field as well as off. One great game against Texas A&M doesnt make him good. There was a reason for the first 2 years he and Lee kept getting reps during the game, cause they both suck. Only difference now is that Lee so far hasnt continued that.

Since: Aug 30, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 2:15 pm

DNA evidence inconclusive for Jefferson, Johns

I agree with you.

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2011 9:01 pm

DNA evidence inconclusive for Jefferson, Johns

I am not saying he did it, but I am saying different color shirts happen
I agree with you but in this case it doesnt seem likely since he was wearing the light shirt in the bar and the dark one outside. If it was an undershirt it most likely wouldve been the other way around. If nothing else, it sheds a ton of reasonable doubt.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2011 6:49 pm

DNA evidence inconclusive for Jefferson, Johns

LSUTiger I agree with most of your posts on here.  I respect you as a poster.  I understand you are a knowledgeable person and have some ties to the program.  I have also read of your accounts of brawls at bars.  So with all this I will ahve to disagree with the whole shirt thing.  I personally wear 2 shirts everywhere I go.  I always have an under shirt.  In many cases of bar room brawls I have seen people take off their shirts (maybe they did not want to mess up their nice 'going out' clothes') and have an under shirt on.  I am not saying he did it, but I am saying different color shirts happen. 

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 12:08 pm

DNA evidence inconclusive for Jefferson, Johns

Gee, if you have information like that from the mother that is pertinent to the case, one would think you'd be down at the DA's office giving sworn testimony. Not posting on the internet. But that's just my take....

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2011 11:07 am

DNA evidence inconclusive for Jefferson, Johns

Historically black colleges and universities were established prior to 1964 almost exclusively in former slave states and territories of the U.S. with the intention of offering higher education to a black community that had no where else to turn for such an education during those times.  Yes, black colleges exist because of race, sc9783, because segregation in the south didn't allow black students to attend white universities prior to the civil rights movement.  Not because black students preferred not to, or were unable to qualify for, white universities in those areas.  Get your facts straight before playing your race card, bozo.

Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2011 10:38 am

DNA evidence inconclusive for Jefferson, Johns

Black colleges exist because of race.  There are a whole lot of atletes at those institutions that do not have the grades to get into

a major university.  Race card is played way to often in todays society.  Blacks want more head coaches, more owners, more General

Managers in all sports.  I guess the whites need to step up and say we don't have enough white players.  John Thompson suggested

years ago that we needed to change the college entrance exams for blacks..  This was the same guy who would not let the media

interview his players ever!!!!!  Same gut that coached Alan Iverson and his attitude.  I would personally like to see how many athletes

period, numbers that get basically a degree that is basically a security guard degree.  I guess the scandals at USC Ohio State Miami

Cam Newton Reggie Bush OJ Mayo just to name a few were race related.  We read headlines everyday about college High School

and Pro athletes who have ran a foul of the law.  Is it a race issue?  I think it is more of a self entitled issue for the biggest part

when it involves athletes.  It starts in grade school then on to High School where the star athlete gets the special treatment.  Grades

failing?  No problem we have to win and can't win the game without him.  Fix his grades so he can play.  By the time these kids reach

college for the most part, this treatment has been extended for so long they no longer think it will happen, they know it will happen.

So they continue on into the pros and every time they break the law they use their money to hide behind a lawyer.  It dosen't matter

what really happened in this case.  The kid had no business putting himself in this position.  It was a I decision and not a team

thing when he showed up at this place to start with.  Every black kid in school that gets in trouble it now becomes a race headline immediately

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