The lawyer for four men injured in a brawl involving LSU football players expects more arrests for the beating of one client who suffered three fractured vertebrae.
"Other arrests could be made in this case that are just as serious as the two already made," attorney Michael Bienvenu said. "This isn't over."
LSU starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson and reserve linebacker Josh Johns turned themselves in to the East Baton Rouge Parish jail after police obtained warrants charging them with felony second-degree battery for the Aug. 19 melee outside Shady's bar.
Jefferson and Johns are accused of beating Andrew Lowery, who is one of Bienvenu's four clients. Bienvenu has declined to make public the names of the three other injured men he represents, including the man with the broken vertebrae. He was allegedly pulled from a pickup truck after honking his horn at an agitated crowd of people blocking his way.
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"This wasn't just Jordan Jefferson and Josh Johns," Bienvenu said. "We're still looking for those guys that started that initial beating of the driver, and it is undeniably curious that nobody on that football team can come forward and say who was involved in that."
LSU has barred players from discussing the case publicly. Police have interviewed an undisclosed number of players, but have not discussed what was said.
Police chief Dewayne White said he is no longer commenting on the facts of the case because the investigation is ongoing. East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore, who is reviewing the evidence and will decide whether to prosecute, did not immediately return a phone message.
Attorneys for Jefferson and Johns have said their clients are innocent and that witness accounts in a police report that implicated the players are unreliable.
Still, for the players, the arrest warrants have already damaged their careers as both have been suspended indefinitely and will miss fourth-ranked LSU's season opener Saturday night against No. 3 Oregon in Dallas.
Three Hawkeyes off team
IOWA CITY, Iowa — When Iowa opens the season Saturday, three of the 13 players who were hospitalized after a now-scrapped weightlifting exercise in January won't be on the team.
One walk-on player and two who were on scholarship quit the team following their hospitalization with rhabdomyolysis, a muscle disorder that caused discolored urine and extreme soreness, according to a report released this week by a committee appointed by President Sally Mason to investigate the injuries.
The walk-on quit before spring practice to concentrate on academics. One of the scholarship players left the team before spring practice, considered transferring and then stayed at Iowa but decided not to play football. The other completed spring practice but left the university for what the report described as unrelated personal reasons.
The report, emailed to the Iowa Board of Regents and posted online Tuesday, does not identify any of the players.
The committee concluded that all 13 players appear to have completely recovered and it's considered possible but unlikely they will develop any long-term health problems. It also noted the athletics department has reaffirmed its commitment to never again use the workout that caused the injuries and taken steps to educate employees, athletes and others about how to prevent and identify rhabdomyolysis.
Marshall player arrested
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall wide receiver Troy Evans has been charged with four armed robberies near the Huntington, W.Va., campus.
Huntington police Lt. J. Williams says in a news release that the 21-year-old was arrested Tuesday on the campus without incident. Evans also faces a wanton endangerment charge.
Media outlets report Evans was arrested just after football practice.
Evans was being held Wednesday morning at the Western Regional Jail on $250,000 bond. Jail records didn't show whether he has an attorney.
All four robberies occurred early Sunday morning.
Marshall announced Tuesday night that Evans had been suspended indefinitely from the team for an undisclosed violation of team rules. He caught 21 passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns last season. He also was the team's leading punt and kick returner.