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Former Louisiana State footballers sued over assault allegations

Two former Louisiana State University football players who were accused of assaulting four men last August are being sued in a Baton Rouge civil court, even though the charges were reduced for one player and dismissed for the other. Four men allege they were assaulted without provocation outside a bar in late August. The two LSU students were arrested on second-degree battery charges in the incident. An East Baton Rouge grand jury reduced the charges against one player to simple battery and dropped the charges against the other player.

Both players were suspended by the LSU coach while the criminal case was pending. The player charged with simple assault missed four games at the beginning of the LSU's 2011 season. That player signed with a NFL team last week. His attorney claims both the criminal charges and civil suit are all about money, and that it seems suspicious that the civil suit was filed after the former LSU student signed a professional contract with an NFL team.

The criminal defense attorney for the student who had the criminal charges dropped, said he was surprised to learn his client had been named in the civil suit. He said the grand jury heard all of the witness testimony along with the evidence, and even though he was not allowed to cross-examine any of the witnesses, the jury still found there was insufficient evidence to justify criminal charges against his client. So why name my client in the civil suit, it appears to be a frivolous lawsuit, he said.

According to the civil suit, numerous people were involved in the assault on the four men, including several LSU football players. The suit claims serious injuries resulted from the assault, however it may be difficult for the plaintiff's to prove exactly who caused what injuries since so many people were allegedly involved in the incident.

Source: The Times Picayune, "Jordan Jefferson's lawyer says lawsuit against he and Josh Johns is about money," Jim, Kleinpeter, May 9, 2012

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