Posted: Sep 9, 2011 10:24 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
BATON ROUGE- Most fans say the bar fight that landed starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson and reserve linebacker Josh Johns behind bars is still troubling three weeks later, since it left the team short-handed.
Now they say it's time to focus on the field.
Police say the fight left four people hurt. Jefferson and Johns were arrested on felony charges. Witnesses say both kicked a man on the ground and shoes from both were taken as evidence.
Before the start of the season, many fans were on the fence about how the off-field fight would affect play.
But following the Tigers defeat last weekend, opinions about the lingering effects of the fight and the arrests are becoming clearer.
"Jordan Jefferson was our starting quarterback but he only threw seven touchdowns last season and three of those came in the cotton bowl," said one fan.
A LSU student said, "I think a lot of people have always known how good the team was without Jordan Jefferson."
Despite many fans thinking the players aren't a must-have now, ones we talked to are mixed about whether they should both stay off the field for other reasons.
One fan said, "If there's enough evidence, and only if there is enough evidence, then they should be removed from the team permanently and get past this."
"I definitely like for Jefferson and Johns to be back on the team, I think everybody would," a student said.
One fan said, "I trust Coach Miles, I think that Coach Miles knows his players better than any of us and whatever Coach Miles thinks is best I think Tiger fans think is best."
The latest on the bar fight reveals both players admitting they were near the fight, but both deny they were involved, according to court papers obtained by News 2.
A hearing is set for Monday about Jefferson's 49 pairs of shoes being returned to him.