Three LSU football players were arrested on Thursday after allegedly breaking into a fellow student’s residence in Baton Rouge, La., all three of them in contention for starting positions with the team. The players are quarterback Anthony Jennings and defensive end Maquedius Bain, as well as key defensive back Dwayne Thomas. All three players have been suspended.
On Thursday night, LSU coach Les Miles issued a statement on the arrests.
“We have suspended these players. It has been our policy to suspend players who have been involved with legal issues. I have met with all three players involved extensively. We are still working with campus housing and the authorities to determine what exactly took place. This is an on-going investigation and our players will cooperate fully.”
The incident occurred on Sunday, when the three players and three other men allegedly entered the residence to retrieve items that were stolen from Jennings, according to The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.), which first reported the news.
Jennings, a junior started 12 of LSU’s 13 games last year, completing just 48.9 percent of his passes. He was in competition with sophomore Brandon Harris for the starting job heading into the summer, as the two didn’t separate from each other during the spring.
Bain was expected to start at defensive end as a redshirt sophomore after moving to the edge from defensive tackle. Thomas was a starter at cornerback early in the season last year before tearing his ACL. He iss expected to be fully healthy by fall.
Thursday wasn’t a good day for LSU, as these three arrests came just hours after redshirt freshman Trey Lealaimatafao was arrested for simple battery and robbery. Lealaimatafao was immediately suspended from the team indefinitely.