Legal woes of LSU players on historic draft weekend continue
During this historic NFL draft where LSU surpassed its former record of most of players drafted in NFL by one, when nine of their players were selected by teams this year, two of their players added dampness to the celebrations after they were arrested one-day apart this week.
On Thursday night, while LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo and safety Eric Reid came off the boards in the first-round f the NFL draft, the Tigers’ junior cornerback Tharold Simon was arrested by his home town police and spent the night in jail. Tharold Simon was arrested on charges of public intimidation of a police officer, resisting arrest, obstruction of a roadway and noise violation. However, Tharold Simons still didn’t fall completely out of favor with NFL teams as he was selected in the fifth-round (138th overall) of the 2013 NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks this Saturday.
LSU already headed into Saturday with the most selection from any school in the 2013 NFL draft. They had six players (all from the defensive side of the ball) coming off the boards in just the first three rounds of the draft.
But by Saturday afternoon reports starting circulating of LSU fresh man tailback Jeremy Hill’s arrest by the Baton Rouge Police. Jeremy Hill was arrested Saturday morning on a misdemeanor charge of simple battery surfacing from an altercation at a bar, called Reggie's, near the LSU campus. A witness mobile phone video recording taken in the parking lot of the bar at around 2:15 a.m. shows a man that appears to be Jeremy Hill punching the male victim. Then Jeremy Hill is joined by another man, who knock’s down the victim. The police are still trying to identify the other attackers.
The 20-year-old victim then reported the incident to the police, who found and arrested Jeremy Hill at LSU. Jeremy Hill was later released on a $500 bond later Saturday.
But that may not be the end of Jeremy Hill’s legal woes, as the recent arrest could threatened his case in violation of his probation in relation to a guilty plea to a previous misdemeanor arrest in January of 2011or carnal knowledge of a juvenile that followed his last season in high school. Due to the arrest, Jeremy Hill was delayed in joining the LSU program until January of last year.
LSU Coach Les Miles will address the situation after returning from New York, where he was serving as a television analyst for the NFL draft this weekend.
Jeremy Hill beat out veteran competition for the starting tailback job in LSU last season, and ended up leading the team 142 carries on 755 yards and total 12 touchdowns.