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Former LSU players Mathieu, Jefferson released from jail

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Former LSU players Tyrann Mathieu and Jordan Jefferson were released from a Baton Rouge, La., jail Friday after being arrested on marijuana charges, according to ESPN.com.

Mathieu, Jefferson and two other former Tigers were arrested at Mathieu's apartment Thursday.

Derrick Bryant and Karnell Hatcher remained in jail.

Mathieu, Jefferson and Hatcher were charged with simple possession of marijuana. Hatcher's charge was for a second offense. Bryant was charged with an intent to distribute.

Mathieu, a one-time Heisman Trophy finalist at cornerback, was dismissed from the team in August after he reportedly failed a drug test. Jefferson, a quarterback, is playing in the Canadian Football League.

Jefferson's father, John Jefferson, told the New Orleans Times-Picayune on Friday that his son is innocent because he arrived at the apartment just 10 minutes before police got there.

"He was in the wrong place at the wrong time," John Jefferson said. "The lawyer looked at it, and it looks like he didn't have any involvement with it.

"He's upset about it, but live and learn."

Baton Rouge police said the arrests came after officers responded to a complaint about a man trying to force his way through a security gate at the apartment complex where Mathieu lives. A resident let in the man, later identified as Jefferson. He was seen going into an apartment before officers arrived.

Police said Mathieu answered the door and officers obtained permission to search after smelling marijuana.

Officers found a marijuana grinder, digital scale and 10 bags of high-grade marijuana, police wrote in a news release.
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