Mixed messages came out of LSU’s football program on Wednesday, the day before the Tigers begin fall practices for the 2015 season. After suspending junior offensive lineman Jevonte Domond on May 26 following a domestic violence arrest, on Wednesday head coach Les Miles reinstated his embattled tackle leading many to question the motive behind the decision.
On Monday, May 25, Domond was arrested on a felony charge of battery and domestic abuse, including strangulation by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office. A Sherriff’s Office report released on Tuesday, May 26, cited Domond’s girlfriend stating she was “choked and battered during a heated argument.”
Miles immediately suspended the 22-year-old Arizona native stating, “It’s a crime that we cannot condone and behavior that we will not tolerate.”
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The Sheriff’s Office report went into further detail about the domestic violence case with the victim detailing, “leaning over their new born baby’s crib (then being lifted) completely off the ground by her neck, and she began to lose consciousness.”
A he said, she said about what took place has ensued with Domond refuting the strangulation accusations but admitting he did pick up his girlfriend dropping her on their couch but only in hopes of getting her to stop pepper spraying him. The 6-foot-6, 310-pound, tackle said the alleged victim pulled a kitchen knife on him but the victim stated that was only after he had pushed her.
Domond’s case is still ongoing without any legal resolution. Per reports, Domond is reportedly seeking admittance to a pretrial diversion program.
On Wednesday Miles commented on Domond’s reinstatement stating, “He's in position to compete to play. We're letting the disposition of whatever entanglement he's involved in run its course. He's not suspended.”
LSU’s football program has been entangled in one ugly offseason legal matter after another seeing former defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao get arrested for robbing an unconscious man and punching a women in a parking lot outside a bar in Tigerland on June 14.
On June 12, four LSU players were arrested on unlawful entry charges in a reported attempt to retrieve goods believed stolen from 2014 starting quarterback Anthony Jennings. The arrest included Jennings, Maquedius Bain, and Dwayne Thomas. Bain left the LSU program on Monday after being reinstated to the team following a request by the alleged victim to drop all charges against the LSU players.
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