Miles: Pittman 'understands what needs to be done'

Updated: July 11, 2005, 11:22 PM ET
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- An LSU football player who was booked on second-degree battery last week has been suspended from the team.

LSU announced the suspension of defensive end Chase Pittman in a news release Monday.

"I've met with Chase to discuss the situation and he understands what needs to be done," coach Les Miles said in the prepared statement.

It was unclear when the suspension would end.

"We will let this incident run its course through the legal system; however, we expect that there will be a timely resolution to this matter," Miles said.

Pittman, 22, was booked last week for allegedly punching a man in the face at a bar near the university, police said. He 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.

It is unclear whether Pittman has been charged with a crime.

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.


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