Coming off of a brilliant season in which he led LSU in rushing and scored 12 touchdowns, former Redemptorist High star Jeremy Hill was flying high. That positive feeling took a hit Friday night.
Hill was taken into custody and booked by Baton Rouge Police on a charge of simple battery at a bar in Baton Rouge.
Baton Rouge police spokesman Don Kelly provides the details to SportsNola.com:
"Our officers responded to Reggie's Bar, 1100 block of Bob Petit, around 2:15 a.m. on a fight," Kelly said. "Officers contacted a 20-year old male victim who told them he had been hit and knocked unconscious in the parking lot. Officers were also contacted by a witness who said he had videotaped the assault. The video showed the victim walking in the parking lot when a man, later identified as Jeremy Hill, struck the victim in the side of the head."
Kelly added that a second person was involved in the incident.
"A second unknown white male then also hit the victim, knocking him to the ground," Kelly said. "Officers notified LSUPD who located Hill on campus and detained him until our officers could take custody of him and book him into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, charged with Simple Battery. We are still attempting to identify the second suspect."
Simple battery is a misdemeanor. Hill rushed 142 times for 755 yards and 12 touchdowns for LSU in 2012 and eight catches for 73 yards. Hill had a big game in a 25-24 loss to Clemson in the Chik-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, rushing 12 times for 124 yards and two scores.
Hill's career at LSU was delayed due to an incident that occurred when he was a high school student at Redemptorist. Hill was arrested in early 2011 for an alleged sexual assault of a 14-year old girl. Hill pleaded guilty in January of 2012 to carnal knowledge of a juvenile, a misdemeanor, and eventually was allowed to enroll at LSU and began his playing career in 2012.
East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hiller Moore told ESPN.com that it is too early to speculate on how the latest charge will affect Hill's probation.
After starting as a fourth-string player, Hill emerged as LSU's best running back as the season wore on, particularly after a season ending knee injury to starter Alfred Blue of Hahnville.
LSU head coach Les Miles is at the NFL Draft in New York and was a guest on NFL Network Saturday. He will not comment on the matter until returning to Baton Rouge and conferring with Hill, according to LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette.
The news on Hill comes a day after LSU early draft entry cornerback Tharold Simon was arrested for allegedly intimidating a police officer Thursday night in Eunice, La. Simon was drafted early in the third round Saturday by the Seattle Seahawks.
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