WBRZ in Baton Rouge is reporting that the four men who describe themselves as victims in the August 19, 2011 bar fight, outside of Shady's Lounge, have filed a civil lawsuit against former LSU QB Jordan Jefferson and teammate Josh Johns.
They claim Jefferson and Johns seriously injured them in a fight outside the bar, and that Shady's, also named in the complaint, didn't do enough to make sure people in their parking lot were safe.
The filing comes as Jefferson prepares for a hearing with 19th Judicial District Judge, Richard Moore, on Thursday, May 10, 2012.
Jefferson has not spoken out on the case but his attorney, Lewis Unglesby, made it pretty clear what he believes the case is all about "How coincidental the lawsuit gets filed right after Jordan signs a pro contract, we've said from day one this was all about taking advantage of Jordan's success. We hope District Attorney (Hillar) Moore dismisses the criminal complaint based on Lowery's choice of the civil forum."
In deed, just a few day after Jefferson signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Bucs and two days prior to Judge Moore's opportunity to toss out the criminal charge might make one curious about the timing of the plaintiff attorney, Michael Bienvenu's filing but there are a lot more curious things about this case:
One might be curious as to how we got this far considering at least TWENTY FIVE witnesses swore that Jefferson was not involved in the fight and never punched, kicked or otherwise touched anyone involved in the brawl.
It's also curious that Johns was named in the suit considering the Grand Jury, who according to attorney, Tommy D'Amico, heard all of the plaintiff’s witnesses, listened to the evidence without cross examination from Johns attorney and decided there was not enough evidence indict him (or his ham sandwich).
A detail included in the suit today—‘the beatings were so severe that the shoe prints of their attackers appeared on their bodies’—might explain why the BRPD ceased Jefferson's shoes shortly after his arrest.
What's curious is that the shoes were returned after tests, including DNA, came back negative.
The suite also alleges "Jefferson and Johns, and possibly others, continued to beat petitioner Lowery until such time as they heard local law enforcement officials approaching".
What's curious about that statement is that the one portion of the brawl that we have video evidence of clearly shows two young black men in dark clothing—neither of which match the 6'6" stature of Jefferson, nor do they match the Caucasian complexion of Johns—continuing to beat and kick petitioner Lowery.
We also have video inside Shady's, just moments before the brawl, which shows Lowery accosting a woman who was subsequently granted a restraining order and a curiously unaware Jefferson walks by wearing slip-on shoes and a light colored shirt on his way out of the bar, where he walks off –by himself—in the opposite direction of the brawl, which was apparently about to commence.
But most curious is the amount of hate and disdain Jefferson has been subjected too by his own fan base, not just because of the accusations—mercilessly beating and kicking an American Hero (off duty and out of uniform Marine) while he was down and helpless—but because of his curious habit of going the opposite direction of expectations on the field of play.
Culminating in what many fans consider one of the most inept performances in CFB Championship history; Jefferson managed to finish a college career that started with so much promise—2008, particularly the Chic-Fil-A Bowl versus Georgia Tech—on a very low note.
There were ups and downs along the way, including being considered a pre-season dark horse Heisman candidate by some pundits, promptly foiled by the aforementioned Shady's incident.
After being reinstated, Jefferson played back-up until taking over and being instrumental in defeating arch nemesis, Alabama, on their home field. He then struggled down the stretch and took every snap in the BCS Mulligan Massacre.
Yet, with that fresh in mind, the NFL Combine committee invited Jefferson to display his talents for NFL evaluation, expecting him to be drafted.
Of course he was the lowest rated player going into the combine so he promptly put up arguably the best performance of any QB, which included the top two picks—Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck—of the entire draft.
The result of that stellar performance, undrafted.
Yes, Mr. Jefferson—like the character, Benjamin Button—has a curious case of going in the opposite direction of expectations.
Mr. Bienvenu might consider that if he is promising his clients a big pay day in his factually curious case.
Perhaps those—which is pretty much everyone not named Les Miles or Jordan Jefferson—expecting Jefferson to fail at the next level are in for a curious surprise as well.
Jefferson has the physical attributes NFL Scouts normally drool over and he has been tried by fire in the toughest division of the best conference in all of college football; and he’s been filleted and battered in the court of public opinion (and law). Nevertheless, in four years he started 32 games being credited with 24 victories, accounting for 5,751 yards and 46 touchdowns.
The ups pale in comparison to the downs—like the Ole Miss debacle and the Rockey Top re-do—according to a lot of LSU fans and to describe his (and LSU's) performance in the BCSCG as anything but a failure is being disingenuous. With that said, the expectations on him couldn't be any lower than they are right now.
So obviously (curiously) its time for him to go in the completely opposite direction, this correspondent is rooting for the soon to be starter of the Tampa Bay Bucs.