LSU Tigers running back Jeremy Hill was formally charged with misdemeanor simple battery on Monday for an April incident outside a Baton Rouge bar. Hill was suspended after allegedly punching a man. The altercation was reportedly caught on a cell phone camera.
Beyond the charge itself is a bombshell Matthew Harris of The Advocate reported via Twitter:
BREAKING: EBR ADA Sue Bernie will file formal motion to revoke #LSU RB Jeremy Hill's probation, as early as Friday.
— Matthew Harris (@MHarrisAdvocate) July 8, 2013
Jeremy Hill was already on probation, prior to these charges. Revocation of his probation could result in a six-month jail sentence, Harris reports.
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“We’re going to certainly push for revocation,” said Sue Bernie, an East Baton Rouge Parish assistant district attorney. “I think that jail time is appropriate, but it’s ultimately up to the judge.”
Hill’s possible absence from the Tiger lineup leaves a backfield of Kenny Hilliard and Alfred Blue, both of whom saw work in 2012. Blue was LSU’s top ball carrier before suffering an injury midway through the season, which opened the door for Jeremy Hill to break out.
The freshman rushed for a team-high 12 touchdowns and 755 yards.
LSU has faced far fewer legal problems than other SEC programs in recent years. Hill’s arrest was just the third of a currently active Tiger since August 2010, according to the website ArrestNation.com.
The only SEC with fewer arrests in that same time is Vanderbilt. Ironically, Vanderbilt is currently dealing with its own high profile, off-field case.