Expelled Giddens arrested for punching team member

Updated: May 3, 2007, 3:46 PM ET
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Former LSU football player Troy Giddens, who was removed from the roster after an arrest several weeks ago, has been arrested again after allegedly punching a current member of the team.

Giddens, 19, was arrested early Monday and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count of second degree battery and one count of simple battery after he allegedly hit freshman defensive tackle Joseph Barksdale of Detroit, LSU Police Chief Ricky Adams said.

LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette said Coach Les Miles had no comment on the incident.

Giddens, a redshirt freshman out of Hammond High School, was one of three players dismissed from the team by Miles on April 19. Giddens had been booked April 9 with identity theft and simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling.

A police report about the latest arrest said LSU officers answered complaints of noise at the university's West Campus Apartments and found Barksdale sitting on a bench holding his face.

The report said Barksdale told police he was punched while trying break up an argument between some friends.

Barksdale refused at first to say who punched him, but said it was Giddens after he had been treated at the Baton Rouge General Hospital emergency room, the report said.

Giddens was arrested the next day and released on bail Tuesday afternoon.

Bonnette said Barksdale was fine.

"He's going to be all right for offseason workouts,'' Bonnette said. "He's just sore.''

Zhamal Thomas and Kyle Anderson were the other LSU players dismissed April 9. Thomas was arrested in the same burglary as Giddens, while Anderson was arrested for a fight outside an off-campus bar.

Bonnette said all three remained on scholarship and in school after the dismissal to protect the program's NCAA mandated Academic Progress Rating, which penalizes schools if athletes leave while not in good standing.

Giddens was still a resident at the West Campus Apartments, as was Barksdale, at the time of their reported scuffle.

Barksdale, 18, was one of LSU's top recruits. He enrolled in January after graduating in December from Cass Technical High School in Detroit.

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