LSU football player stabbed during fight at Baton Rouge bar

LSU football player stabbed during fight at Baton Rouge bar

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Police said a man was stabbed during a fight inside a bar early Tuesday morning. LSU officials said the man stabbed has been identified as LSU football player Dillon Gordon.

Officials with the Baton Rouge Police Department said 22-year-old Gordon was hospitalized with multiple lacerations and cuts after an incident at a bar near the LSU campus. It happened at Reggie's in Tigerland around 12:45 a.m.

Investigators have not identified a suspect and have not established a motive in the stabbing.

Gordon was released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon. He is a LSU senior starting tight end from Edgard near New Orleans.

"He's really blessed that it could have been much worse," said J.T. Curtis, Jr., Gordon's high school coach at John T. Curtis High School in River Ridge.  "My understanding is Dillon was kind of the target of the deal and didn't really want to get into a confrontation but it just came his way and of course, he responded."

Gordon missed most of the 2015 season with an Achilles injury after starting the first two games of the season. He returned to action to start the Florida game on October 17, but re-injured the Achilles and was done for the season. A blocking tight end with tackle size at 6-foot-5 and 308 pounds, he caught one pass for eight yards in 2015.  LSU has asked the NCAA to grant Gordon a medical redshirt so he can play the 2016 season. Gordon, who went to John Curtis High School, started 25 games in the 2013 and '14 seasons.

Coach Les Miles released a statement regarding the incident:

I am aware that Dillon Gordon was involved in an incident last night that required him to receive medical attention. Fortunately, the injuries Dillon sustained were not life-threatening and from all indications, he will make a full recovery. We are thankful that Dillon is okay.

Shortly after a news conference Tuesday morning to announce the new defense coordinator for LSU football, Les Miles was asked about the Dillon situation. He said he is cutting off his players from going to bars.

"It's just not worth it," said Miles. "The reason you go out is because you want social interaction. Social interaction can take place at home. It can take place in class. You don't have to go to a fight night club."

People who live in Tigerland are now responding to another violent story coming from their neighborhood.

"It's like, 'here we go again,'" said resident Debbie Marie.

Marie said in the seven years she has lived in Tigerland, she has watched the area change drastically.

"Back in my day, they had fist fights, not knives, not guns," said Marie.

Police say Tigerland is safe, despite a recent increase in violent crime.

"Tigerland is not a dangerous place," said Cpl. Don Coppola with BRPD.  "We don't want anybody to feel scared or feel that they are in harm's way."

The owner of Reggie's said 'no comment' Tuesday when an interview was requested. When pressed for surveillance video, he gave the same response, 'no comment, talk to police.'

BRPD said they have increased the number of officers on the street.

Anyone with information about what happened is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

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