Fight facts consist of twists and turns

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The arrests of two LSU football players happened one week after the now infamous brawl outside a bar near the university's campus that consists of many twists and turns.

It's believed the whole saga started in the parking lot of Shady's on Friday, Aug. 19 around 1:30 a.m. The fight is said to have been captured on dark and grainy cell phone video, which was taken outside of the bar.

Investigators believe a young man driving a truck blew his horn to move the crowd in the parking lot and from there, tempers flared. Several people were punched and even kicked, including a marine who intervened. He was eventually tossed to the ground and someone kicked him while he was down.

Andrew Lowery and three other people would eventually make their way to hospitals, one of them suffering from three crushed vertebrae. Witnesses told police four LSU players were involved in the fight.

"During the course of the investigation, the name Jordan Jefferson came up as being involved in one of the fights," said Sgt. Don Stone with the Baton Rouge Police Department. "We were told through witnesses that Mr. Jefferson and several other LSU football players were involved in an altercation at this bar room."

In no particular order, police looked at quarterback Jordan Jefferson, linebacker Josh Johns, offensive tackle Chris Davenport and wide receiver Jarvis Landry.

The next day, Saturday, Aug. 20, police detectives called the university and set up a meeting to get the players' sides of the story. Police would eventually postpone that meeting, giving the players and their newly-hired attorney, Nathan Fisher, a chance to get things in order.

That same day LSU head coach Les Miles stood in front of part of his team's leadership and addressed the media.

"I want to personally apologize on behalf of my team and I can assure you that this will never happen again," Miles stated.

The four LSU players met with police investigators Tuesday and according to sources, they denied being involved.

Investigators focused their investigation on Jordan Jefferson on Wednesday. They executed a search warrant at Jefferon's apartment and took 49 pairs of tennis shoes, looking to match them with evidence gathered from the fight. Investigators also obtained a DNA sample from LSU's starting quarterback.

"To the average person, I am sure it's going to look pretty bad. The allegations that have been made and the physical evidence that we obtained prior to the search warrant point at Jordan Jefferson," Stone explained.

Detectives drew up warrants against Jefferson and Johns on Friday, charging each of them with second-degree battery, which is a felony.

"To have you all chase and hound and hound is upsetting to them," said Fisher. "I understand it. I've been around the block, but it's upsetting to these young people."

Both young men turned themselves in and deputies booked them into the parish prison, where the two eventually bonded out.

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