Off-the-field issues continue to plague LSU

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Failed drug tests reportedly led to the suspensions of two superstars and another standout player on the LSU football team.

Cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, running back Spencer Ware and cornerback Tharold Simon will all miss Saturday's game against Auburn for violating team rules.

The LSU Tigers are basking in the glow of holding the No. 1 ranking in college football, but a rash of off-the-field issues has dimmed that luminance just a bit.

The list of those incidents away from the gridiron is a lengthy one.

The first black eye was the arrest of punter Brad Wing in June. He was charged with simple battery.

The next blow was delivered on July 19, as the NCAA handed down a one-year probation on the program for recruiting violations. The investigation stemmed back to former assistant coach DJ McCarthy and his improper recruiting tactics in 2009. The LSU compliance staff found McCarthy broke recruiting transportation and housing rules with signee Akiem Hicks.

Then, there was the fight outside of Shady's Bar roughly a month later. Quarterback Jordan Jefferson and linebacker Josh Johns were arrested on second-degree battery charges. They were both suspended from the team. A grand jury indicted Jefferson on simple battery, which is a misdemeanor, and cleared Johns of any wrongdoing. Both were then reinstated the same day as the grand jury rulings.

While Jefferson and Johns awaited their fate prior to the grand jury's decision, wide receiver Russell Shepard was suspended for three games due to an NCAA violation.

There was yet another incident on June 5 in which defensive end Sam Montgomery and quarterback Zach Mettenberger had a gun pulled on them. However, police reports stated the two were the victims in that case.

Head coach Les Miles would not confirm nor deny Mathieu, Ware and Simon have been suspended for at least one game because of a violation of team rules. The trio is not expected to play against Auburn on Saturday in Tiger Stadium.

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