Craig Stephens

LSU's Jeremy Hill Suspended

Created on Apr. 30, 2013 1:44 AM EST

Les Miles indefinitely suspended leading rusher and sophomore-to-be Jeremy Hill on Monday after Hill was involved in a fight at a bar. Hill got in trouble early Saturday morning. Police arrested Hill after witnesses said he punched a 20-year-old man at Reggie's, a local college bar. Hill has been charged with simple battery.

The man claims that he was knocked unconscious by Hill and another unidentified suspect. The attack was caught on video. It shows Hill and another man striking the victim unconscious. LSU campus police tracked down Hill and Baton Rouge police arrested him in front of his apartment complex. He was booked in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a count of simple battery about 6:30 a.m. Saturday. He was released on $500 bail.

Miles is visiting New York City for the NFL draft and released a statement. Miles said he will let this incident play out through the legal system before making any additional comments. He also said he will wait until he returns to Baton Rouge before taking any further action.

Hill was on probation for a previous charge of oral sexual battery involving a 14-year-old girl. In 2010, he and a teammate pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor juvenile charge of carnal knowledge of a minor after engaging in a sexual act in his high school team’s locker room.

A second charge while on probation could mean serious trouble for Hill, and at this time it looks unlikely that he will return to the team. This is a big loss for the Tigers’ offense. Hill was the leading rusher last year, amassing 755 yards and rushing for 12 touchdowns, a freshman record.

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