BATON ROUGE, La. -- An LSU football player has been booked on second-degree battery charges after allegedly punching a man in the face at a bar near the university, police said.
Junior defensive end Benjamin Chase Pittman, 22, was released Thursday after posting a $5,000 bond. Police found a man outside the bar early Thursday with his eye swollen shut, said Sgt. Don Kelly, a police spokesman. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Pittman was not on the scene when officers arrived and was arrested later. Kelly said Pittman told investigators than a fight occurred after the man grabbed a woman's breast.
LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette said coach Les Miles would not comment about the case until after he meets with Miles.
Pittman was an all-state player at Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport before signing with the University of Texas. He spent two seasons with the Longhorns, including a redshirt freshman year, before joining LSU last year.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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