The LSU Tigers football team is looking to have a better 2015 season than the one they left behind in 2014, but things aren’t starting out so great. Four Tigers were arrested on Thursday in two separate incidents, and one of them was Anthony Jennings, who was in hot competition to be the team’s starting quarterback.
According to the Advocate, Jennings was arrested on Thursday by campus police along with defensive back Dwayne Thomas and defensive lineman Maquedius Bain. On Thursday evening, they were all booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish prison.
Jennings and Bain were each charged with “unauthorized entry of a dwelling.” Thomas was charged with “unauthorized entry and simple burglary.”
All three players, along with three other males, entered one of the West Campus Apartment dwellings and broke into a bedroom. According to a police report, they removed items — a Macbook Air, a PlayStation 4, and three pairs of shoes — from the home of Nicholas Anderson.
Their intent was to retrieve items said to have been stolen from Anthony Jennings’ apartment back on June 10. A police report had been filed for that incident.
Anderson was out of town at the time and returned to find the items missing. Anderson’s roommate, Zeadrick Williams, a junior at LSU, was home at the time and saw the men trying to get into his roommate’s room.
“I went to look, and they started going through his room. I don’t know what they were looking for, but they stole some of his shoes, and his PlayStation 4.”
Earlier in the day, defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao was arrested and booked on simple battery and simple robbery, which is a felony. At this time, it is unknown if the two situations were related in any way.
Lealaimatafao was also booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish prison, and he was being held in lieu of $15,000 bail. The other three LSU Tigers football players had not yet had bail set for them.
On Thursday morning, ESPN reported that LSU was moving along toward a possible number one recruiting class in football. The 2016 recruits keep signing with the Tigers and building up what is looking to be one of the best recruiting classes the school has had in years.
LSU head coach Les Miles issued a statement regarding the arrests of the four football players and says they have been suspended indefinitely.
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Jennings was actually on track to compete with Brandon Harris for the starting quarterback position in 2015. As of right now, that may still be the plan, but Miles has not spoken any further on the situation.
Thomas did start five games for the Tigers last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Bain played in 10 games and recorded six tackles. Lealaimatafao is a redshirt freshman.
The LSU Tigers football team did not need the news that four of its players had been arrested, but the situation is far from over. Coach Les Miles and the school are looking into things further as police continue their investigation.
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