Glenn Guilbeau / Gannett Louisiana
BATON ROUGE LSU's updated version of the 1986 movie 'One Crazy Summer' continues.
Tiger freshmen signees Trey Lealaimatafao of San Antonio and Davon Godchaux of Plaquemine were arrested last week on misdemeanor charges of theft and criminal mischief, respectively, in separate incidents on campus.
Lealaimatafao apparently assumed LSU had a bicycle share program like those in cities around the world, including New Orleans and San Antonio, as he told LSU Police that he thought a bike unlocked was a bike ready to go. Instead, he was arrested last Thursday when police identified him through surveillance video at the Middleton Library that showed him taking an unlocked bike from the loading dock area on July 1.
Capt. Cory Lalonde of LSU Police said Lealaimatafao admitted to taking the bike, but he said Lealaimatafao said he thought borrowing it was allowed if the bike was not locked. He returned the bike to police, who returned it to the owner.
Lealaimatafao was not handcuffed or jailed. He was given a citation. The day before his arrest, Lealaimatafao left a local hospital on July 23 after suffering injuries to his arm and shoulder when he broke a glass window during an altercation with other LSU football players in the weight room last week.
The 26th ranked defensive tackle in the nation last recruiting season by Rivals.com and the No. 43 prospect in Texas out of Warren High in San Antonio, Lealaimatafao is likely to be red-shirted this season. LSU coach Les Miles did not announce a suspension of Lealaimatafao and said he would handle his discipline internally, according to LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette.
This is the second alleged bicycle theft by an LSU football player in three months. Frank Herron, a 2014 signee out of Memphis, Tenn., and the No. 5 defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com, was issued a misdemeanor summons in late April for apparently taking a bike off the rack at the Huey P. Long Fieldhouse. Miles said at the time that Herron's discipline would be handled internally, but he referred to the alleged theft as only a 'prank.'
A suspension has also not been announced by Miles for Godchaux, who will also be disciplined internally, after he allegedly tossed firecrackers into another person's room at the West Campus Apartments on the LSU campus after midnight on July 21. The firecrackers started a small fire and damaged a couch, LSU Police said. Godchaux admitted to the firecracker caper, but he told police it was meant as a prank, not to start a blaze.
One of the top signees of LSU's 2014 class, Godchaux was the No. 9 strong side defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com out of Plaquemine High and the No. 10 overall prospect in Louisiana. He was offered scholarships by Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Florida, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC.
Because of a more serious alleged incident, LSU starting cornerback Jalen Mills remains on indefinite suspension after being arrested on June 10 for felony second degree battery of a woman in Baton Rouge at an apartment complex.