LSU's Pittman booked on assault charges

LSU defensive end Chase Pittman spent much of Thursday morning in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison after being arrested in a local Baton Rouge bar.

Pittman, a 6-4, 258-pound junior, was remanded into custody after police were called to Bogie's Bar & Grill around 2:30 a.m. When police arrived, they found a 21-year-old man sprawled out on the parking lot with his eye swollen shut.

After questioning bystanders, police learned Pittman punched the unidentified man in the face during a minor altercation inside the bar. BRPD went to Pittman's home and questioned the former Evangel Christian standout, who transferred to LSU after attending the University of Texas for two seasons.

Pittman told police the unidentified man, who was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, allegedly groped a young lady grabbing her breast. When Pittman intervened, the man in question took a swing at him and Pittman retaliated punching the man in the eye. Pittman was arrested on battery charges and was released on $5,000 bond later that morning.

LSU football coach Les Miles was on vacation at the time of the arrest and could not be reached for comment. However, LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette did say Miles was briefed on the situation and will release a comment soon.

"Coach Miles is on vacation," Bonnette told to the Baton Rouge Advocate. "He is obviously aware of what happened. He has a meeting set up with Chase.

"It is premature at this time for LSU to comment. There's nothing else to say."

Pittman had a breakout spring with the Tigers and was slated to possibly fill the vacancy left by Marcus Spears at defensive end. Spears was drafted in the first round by the Dallas Cowboys.

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