LSU coach Les Miles dismisses DT Trey Lealaimatafao from team
LSU has dismissed defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao from the football team in the wake of his June 18 arrest on charges of simple battery and simple robbery, head coach Les Miles and the school announced Monday.
“Trey is no longer a member of our football team,” Miles said in a team statement. “We have gathered information on this incident and we feel it’s best for us to part ways.”
Lealaimatafao was hit with the felony charges after an altercation in the parking lot of a Baton Rouge, La., bar.
Police reports sourced by the Baton Rouge Advocate indicate Lealaimatafao is accused of beating a male victim unconscious before punching the victim's girlfriend in the face with a closed fist and rummaging through the male victim's pockets.
Eyewitnesses say the 6', 300-pound player then fled from authorities upon their arrival. The eyewitnesses later picked Lealaimatafao out of a photo lineup.
The incident marked Lealaimatafao's second arrest in the past year. The 18-year-old was arrested for stealing a bicycle outside of a school library in July 2014. He also punched a hole through a glass window in an LSU training room.
He redshirted his first season at LSU after the window incident left his arm severely cut.
Lealaimatafao's arrest came on the same day that Tigers quarterback Anthony Jennings and two other players were arrested on charges of unauthorized entry of a dwelling. Jennings has been suspended indefinitely.
- Christopher Chavez