LSU suspended defensive back Jalen Mills indefinitely following his alleged involvement in the battery of a woman on May 4 which led to the two-year starter being arrested. However, his lawyer Brent Stockstill told USA Today Wednesday that his client did not punch the victim.
“He was not the person who struck the victim,” Brent Stockstill said. “That would be consistent with some of the information I’ve received … I’ve been contacted by several people that were there when the incident took place. And their version of what happened is not consistent with the arrest warrant.”
Mills was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with second-degree battery after the victim told police that Mills punched her in the mouth after a confrontation at his apartment. Per the arrest warrant, there was a witness who corroborated the victim’s account and both identified Mills as the assailant out of a six-person police lineup.
According to Stockstill, he paints a different picture of the event intimating a love triangle involving Mills and that the victim was not punched by Mills but perhaps by another woman who has a romantic connection or interest with the LSU defender.
LSU head coach Les Miles has said he will not comment on the pending legal matter until the case is resolved and Mills was released on $10,000 bond.
Mills was third on the team in tackles last season with 67 after playing at cornerback and safety. He was a freshman All-American in 2012 and on Wednesday was named as one of Mel Kiper’s top cornerback prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft.