CBS - LSU leading rusher Jeremy Hill was reinstated to to the football team on Monday after a judge extended his probation and did not order him back to jail. Tigers coach Les Miles said Hill will face “internal” punishment, but the sophomore running back was allowed to begin practice immediately.
According to Miles, Hill’s reinstatement came as a result of a team vote on Monday afternoon. With the backing of his teammates, Hill pledged to be a better teammate and apologized for the “poor choice” that almost cost him the 2013 season.
The reinstatement process took place just hours after State District Judge Bonnie Jackson ordered Hill to perform 40 hours of community service and renewed restrictions on his probation, ones imposed after Hill’s guilty plea to battery charges from an April incident in which he punched a man at a Baton Rouge bar. But she also agreed to curfew flexibility that allowed him to take part in team activities.
While admonishing Hill over the “arrogance” he showed on a video of the April incident — in which Hill laughs after delivering a blow that sent the victim to the hospital — Jackson also said she understands that (in the AP’s paraphrase) young people make mistakes.
The Mad Hatter does it again! Hey it’s not Les’s fault Jeremy Hill is back on the team. Team vote bro. It was out of his control. Les wanted to throw the book at this kid but unfortunately he just didn’t have a leg to stand on after the 18-21 year olds who play underneath him had a locker room vote and said they want their buddy back on the team. And what kind of good coach doesn’t listen to his players? Sure honoring his scholarship in the first place after he pleaded guilty to forcing a 14 year old girl to blow him in a school locker room was kind of a sketchy move. And it looks kind of bad when a few years later he sneaks up behind a guy in a parking lot, slugs him in the face, laughs about it and high fives his buddy. But kids make mistakes right? Usually a little less serious than sexual assault and battery, but still, shit happens, and the best you can do is let his friends allow him to keep playing football and hope it doesn’t happen again. A+ coaching, even better mentoring.
PS- Only person dropping the hammer down here harder than Les is the judge. She “admonished” him and gave him some community service…then gave him a flexible curfew so he could play football with no inconvenience.