LSU Football: Jeremy Hill Incident Needs to Be the Final Straw

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IMay 3, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31:  Jeremy Hill #33 of the LSU Tigers scores a touchdown against the Clemson Tigers during the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome on December 31, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The issue isn't whether LSU running back Jeremy Hill punched someone in self defense. It isn't whether Alfred Blue's anti-gay comments were taken out of context. And it certainly isn't how many drug tests Tyrann Mathieu failed during his time at the university.

The only issue that matters right now is why three young men, all who could have a bright future ahead of them, would go ahead and risk everything for something so dim-witted and minuscule.

Less than one month after we learned that Tyrann Mathieu admitted to failing more than 10 drugs tests during his time at LSU, and Alfred Blue told the school's student newspaper "Ain’t no little boys out here between them lines. So if you gay, we look at you as a sissy," when asked about the possibility of having a gay teammate, the two gained some new company in the "What were you thinking" crew.

According to an Associated Press Report, LSU running back Jeremy Hill, who is already on probation in connection with a 2011 arrest, was arrested again this past weekend after allegedly punching a man in the back of the head outside a Baton Rouge bar.

Sound familiar?

Yes, that's because it is. Just over a year-and-a-half ago, former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson and teammate Joshua Johns were arrested on charges of second-degree battery after being involved in a fight outside a Baton Rouge Bar back on Aug. 19.

Jefferson and Downs were suspended indefinitely for their involvement in that fight. Mathieu was dismissed from the LSU program for his drug involvement, and Blue received a small slap on the wrist, but no legal or disciplinary actions were taken for his comments.

All three stories were different in their own right, but all three should mandate a strong message. Just because one incident may be less serious than the other dosen't mean the measures should be overlooked.

In Jeremy Hill's case, this should serve as the final straw.

LSU's program is slowly heading down a dark path with these off-the-field incidents, and harsh disciplinary actions need to be taken.

With that said, go ahead and pack your bags Jeremy Hill.

As much as LSU fans want to see this guy on the field in 2013, Les Miles and the LSU program need to take the correct action and dismiss Hill from the team, just like they did with Mathieu.

Do these players honestly believe that drugs and physical violence aren't a big deal?

Did Jeremy Hill, Jordan Jefferson or Tyrann Mathieu think about the consequences that this could cause not only to themselves, but to their team?

Jefferson was the starting quarterback of this LSU football team, which had extremely high expectations heading into the 2011 season. The incident occurred days before the season was ready to begin.

Mathieu was a Heisman Trophy finalist and the catalyst of what was expected to be a dominant LSU defense last season. This incident also happened right before the start of the following season.

Now, as spring practice just wrapped up and the 2013 season is just around the corner, Hill, who was LSU's leading rusher last season, goes out and makes a huge mistake himself by knocking someone out in a fight outside a bar and then parading around and giving high fives to his friends.

Enough is enough. These athletes need to be reprimanded for their actions and learn when to assess the situation and simply use that two-letter word: "No."

If more athletes could learn to do the same, perhaps these embarrassing stories would disappear for good.