VIDEO: Miles apologizes, vows change
Written by Trey Mongrue   
Saturday, 20 August 2011 13:29


With rumors swirling around the alleged bar fight that involved starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson, LSU Head Coach Les Miles and the Unity Council called an impromptu press conference to address the situation.

“The last couple of days have been miserable for us,” he said. “We have been involved in a behavior that is unacceptable to me and unacceptable to the teams. Guys broke team rules and violated curfew.”

Miles stated that his entire team was in there room at the 10:30p.m. curfew. The altercation was reported

“I can assure you that this will not happen again. This is a remorseful team here and I personally want to apologize for the actions of the team."

- LSU Head Coach Les Miles

around 1:30a.m. Friday morning.

“I can assure you that this will not happen again,” Miles said. “This is a remorseful team here and I personally want to apologize for the actions of the team. We are very fortunate to represent a wonderful school and community. We should do so respectfully and understand that our actions have consequences.”

While it has been confirmed that Jefferson and other members of the team were at Shady’s Bar that night, no one has yet been implicated as the Baton Rouge Police Department continues to investigate.

Miles says he and his team will cooperate to the fullest extent.

“Whatever the legal proceedings that are ongoing, we will certainly cooperate and see how it all figures. I don’t know if they are still gathering information. At the appropriate time we will take very strong action.”

Made up of over 20 players, including Jefferson, the LSU Unity Council are the voted leaders of the team. They have met with Miles multiple times since the incident to discuss discipline and work on a new direction for the team.

Spokesman and offensive guard Josh Dworaczyk was the only one to speak to the media.

“I want to start off by apologizing for the team and their actions,” Dworaczyk said. “Our apologies extended to coach Miles and the coaching staff, to the community, to the fans, and to our alumni. From this point forward we are going to continue to change our direction and go out there and do what we do as a football team together as a group of guys.

“We are here gathered as a Unity Council as leaders. It is our job to lead this team and that is what we will do.”

Miles mentioned he still doesn’t know exactly how many of his players were at the bar and did not rule out the possibility of suspensions before the September 3 season opener against Oregon.

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