By ROBERT STEWART
Tiger Rag Editor
LSU Police said two LSU defensive linemen were cited Thursday in separate July incidents — an alleged bicycle theft and a lit firecracker thrown into a campus apartment.
Freshman Trey Lealaimatafao was given a misdemeanor summons for theft after he reportedly stole a bicycle from a rack outside Middleton Library, said Capt. Cory Lalonde, an LSU Police spokesman.
Freshman Davon Godchaux was given a misdemeanor summons for criminal mischief after he allegedly ignited a firecracker and threw it into a unit at the West Campus Apartments, Lalonde said.
Both players were released after being given their summonses and were not booked, Lalonde said.
LSU coach Les Miles has met with Lealaimatafao and Godchaux and will discipline them internally, LSU Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette told The Advocate.
In Lealaimatafao’s incident, the bike’s owner called LSU Police on July 1 to say the bike was lifted from a rack outside Middleton Library, Lalonde said.
LSU Police obtained surveillance footage that showed a man who looked like Lealaimatafao outside the library when the bicycle was pilfered, Lalonde said.
Officers interviewed Lealaimatafao on Thursday, at which point he admitted to stealing the bike, Lalonde said.
Lealaimatafao told LSU Police he thought he could borrow the bicycle because it wasn’t secured on the rack, Lalonde said.
Lealaimatafao returned the bicycle to police, who eventually returned it to the owner, Lalonde said.
Lealaimatafao, a 6-foot, 300-pound recruit from Texas, severely injured his arm after punching a window at LSU’s football facility last week, LSU officials have said. The freshman reportedly tore the muscle in his arm from the bone and had to be rushed to a hospital.
He has since been released, but his 2014 season is in doubt. Though he likely would not have been a starter, Lealaimatafao had a chance to see playing time thanks to a lack of experience along LSU’s defensive line.
In the incident involving Godchaux, LSU Police were called out to West Campus Apartments on July 21 after reports of a fire, Lalonde said.
Officers arrived at the apartments and found the fire had been extinguished but determined a couch had been set aflame by a firecracker thrown into the unit, Lalonde said.
Officers developed Godchaux as a suspect in the incident and interviewed him Thursday, at which point he admitted to throwing the firecracker as a prank, Lalonde said. Godchaux told police he had no intention of setting the couch or the unit on fire.
Godchaux is the more highly touted prospect out of these two freshman linemen. A 6-foot-4, 271-pound defensive end from Plaquemine High School, Godchaux was a consensus four-star prospect and played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.