LSU head football coach Les Miles announced yesterday that junior offensive lineman Jevonte Domond has been reinstated to the team after being on indefinite suspension since May, following his arrest for felony domestic abuse. Jim Kleinpeter of The Times-Picayune reported the development.
Domond is accused of choking his fiancé as she stood over the crib of their newborn son, and he has accused her of pulling a knife on him. Per East Baton Rouge DA Hilar Moore, who spoke to Kleinpeter, his case is still pending.
But that doesn’t take away from the fact that LSU is going to draw some heat for reinstating Domond, especially since he was charged with a felony. Moreover, this is just another knot in the rope of bad publicity LSU players have been attracting all summer long, with Domond being one of five Tigers players arrested this summer. Defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao was dismissed from the team after his arrest for punching a woman and subsequently trying to steal her purse, while quarterback Anthony Jennings, defensive back Dwayne Thomas and defensive lineman Maquedius Bain were all arrested in June on burglary charges, which have since been dropped.
Thus, the fact that Domond, a former JUCO transfer, has been reinstated to the team with a felony case still pending makes very little sense. In fact, Dan Wolken of USA TODAY summed it up perfectly in one tweet.
Les Miles talks tough on his players’ alleged violent behavior but too many examples where he doesn’t back it up.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) August 6, 2015
Hopefully, Miles and his staff smarten up and realize that despite Domond’s talent, it’s probably best that he stay away from the team until his legal matters are sorted out.
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