LSU football coach Les Miles. (Associated Press)
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 9:43 PM
BATON ROUGE — LSU head coach Les Miles said he was unaware until the story broke Tuesday night that incoming freshman Rickey Jefferson had been arrested a few days before signing with the Tigers in early February.
Jefferson, the younger brother of former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson, was subsequently charged with resisting arrest by force or violence in Jefferson Parish in the aftermath of an incident at a Mardi Gras parade in Metairie on Feb. 2 — the night before the Super Bowl in New Orleans — four days before he signed his national letter of intent with the Tigers.
“This is new information to me,” Miles said Wednesday while previewing the Tigers’ opening of spring practice. “Obviously, we did not know.
“We’ll have to trail behind and find out what’s going on. I am without information at this point.”
NOLA.com reported that Jefferson, a wide receiver from Destrehan who might also play defensive back, will be arraigned on March 27.
The website reported that, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office report, the incident began when a friend of Jefferson’s, 17-year-old David Sampson, was detained by an officer after he interfered with a narcotics investigation and refused to quit using obscene language.
The report said that when officers tried to handcuff and arrest Sampson, he fought with the officer, broke free and attempted to flee the scene.
At that point, the report said, Jefferson and another youth, 17-year-old Joe Horace Sharp, allegedly attacked the officer, “striking him.”
The officer was able to get away from the two and eventually chased down Samson and tackled him to make the arrest.
Although some reports said the deputy, Joshua Collins, was out of uniform, the report stated that he was “clearly visible as a police officer.”