Les Miles says no more bars after player is stabbed during fight

Les Miles says no more bars after player is stabbed during fight

BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - LSU head coach Les Miles is cutting his team off from going to bars after one of his players was stabbed during a fight at a bar in Tigerland.

Dillon Gordon was released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon after he was stabbed multiple times at Reggie's Bar on Bob Pettit Blvd. around 12:45 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Gordon, a tight end on the LSU football team, was at the bar with friends, according to his former high school football coach, when a ruckus broke out.

"We believe it was a fistic counter that actually began, and during this fight the suspect stabbed the victim multiple times. Luckily it's not life threatening," said Cpl. Don Coppola with the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Gordon's former high school coach, J.T. Curtis, knows he's a special player and someone who can make a real difference on the field, but he's familiar with the risks that come with college players.

"He's like any other 20-year-old and I'm sure there were some words exchanged and they bowed up a little bit. That's kind of the nature of who those guys are, but again, I think that's kind of the nature of any 20-21 year old guy," Curtis said.

Police said Gordon was treated for multiple stab wounds and family members said he is recovering well and good spirits.

The violence sparked questions for Coach Miles, already addressing media Tuesday morning to announce a new coaching hire.

"I'm cutting it off," Miles said in reference to players going to bars. "It's just not worth it. The reason you go out is because you want social interaction, social interaction can take place at home, it can take place in class, it can take place in a number of other places. You don't have to go to a 'fight-night' club."

Curtis said he knows how easy it is for players to get caught up when seeking that social interaction, and he hopes Gordon will learn from his encounter at Reggie's.

"I'd like to tell him that that's not the way to do it and that's what I will tell him when I speak with him. But he is 21, and I was there one time, too," Curtis said.

Gordon spent most of his senior season sidelined by an Achilles heel injury, but LSU is petitioning the NCAA to grant him an extra year of eligibility.

"He was one of the guys that was one of the more physical capable men on our offense, and I hope he returns. I hope this evening out is not a serious issue health-wise," Miles said.

BRPD has not released the name of a suspect or motive, they're asking anyone with any information to come forward.

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