Police search Jefferson's apartment

After executing a warrant, police leave with several bags of evidence and a swab of Jefferson's DNA. BRPD statement states that search was to "prove or disprove allegations."

A quiet day with the LSU football program took an abrupt downward turn early in the evening when Baton Rouge Police executed a search warrant at the apartment of Tigers senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson.

Reached shortly after the search began, BRPD spokesman Sgt. Don Stone said, "We have gathered enough probable cause to search for information to help either prove or disprove the allegations against him."

Jefferson was home when police investigators came to his apartment. The police left with several bags of Jefferson's possessions, including what has been reported as several pairs of shoes.

Within an hour of his statement to TigerSportsDigest.com, Stone and the BRPD issued a statement along the same lines.

"Baton Rouge Police Investigators executed a search warrant today, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, at the home of LSU football player Jordan Jefferson. During the course of the investigation, police gathered enough probable cause to obtain a warrant for Jefferson's home. The purpose of the warrant was to search for certain items that will assist in the ongoing investigation that will help either prove or disprove allegations against Jefferson.

"In addition to the search warrant for the home, officers also executed a search warrant, which allowed police to obtain a DNA swab from Jefferson himself. The purpose of the DNA was also to assist in the ongoing investigation that will help either prove or disprove the allegations against Jefferson."

The quarterback was home during the search, according to police.

In a television interview with WAFB, Stone said, "The fact that there's a game approaching has nothing to do with this investigation."

Attempts were unsuccessful to reach attorney Nathan Fisher, who is representing Jefferson along with LSU players Josh Johns, Chris Davenport and Jarvis Landry. Fisher came to Jefferson's apartment after the search began.

Stone said later that there are no plans to search any other players' homes at this point, but other players besides the four already implicated could be interviewed.

Meanwhile, LSU coach Les Miles hosted his first radio show of the season at a local restaurant in front a packed house.

Miles and his co-host, LSU radio man Jim Hawthorne, began the show by addressing the fight outside Shady's Bar last week that has triggered a torrent of controversy.

"They're focused on putting this behind them as best they can," Miles said. "It's a side distraction to a great season that certainly we did not want."

Later Miles said he has told his team – as many as 50 of who apparently broke a curfew on the night of the incident – "We made our bed and now it's time to get it right."

Other highlights from the hour-long call-in show:

• At the quarterback spot, fifth-year senior Jarrett Lee has clearly established himself as the top backup.

• Sophomore defensive end Sam Montgomery is back to full speed and ready to go.

• On special teams, Morris Claiborne will be the main man on kickoffs and Tyrann Mathieu will the first crack as the punt returner. Miles said Mathieu could be "every bit as explosive as our best."

• Miles said junior Claiborne "is having a great camp," "could turn into a great cornerback" and "has turned into a wonderful leader."

• On highly touted freshman Anthony Johnson and La'el Collins: "Both guys in my opinion will play a lot of football this fall." Said he expects their contributions to be similar to Mathieu's from last season.

• A caller asked initially about roster changes and then whether Jefferson would be moved to punter – a reference to unverified reports that he kicked one of the alleged victims in the head. "Nope," Miles said. "No we're not thinking about moving him to punter. I think there are some possibilit(ies) of roster changes."

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