By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The LSU Tigers football team is preparing for its Bowl game. The No. 11 Tigers face the No. 8 UCF Knights in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on January 1st, 2019.
The Tigers are now dealing with a distraction. According to WBRZ, two football players are being investigated for involvement in a fatal shooting.
The two players were taken into custody for questioning for potential involvement into the incident. One of the players is believed to be running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, according to the TV station.
The authorities were called to a shooting that happened approx. 12:10 pm in the 2900 block of 68th Avenue near Village Street. The deceased individual suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
The investigators were looking through a truck at the scene, according to WBRZ, that may be tied to the incident. The TV station also is reporting that the victim was not a student-athlete.
“We have today been in constant contact with law enforcement regarding this terrible situation,” LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said. “Right now, our concern is for the safety and well-being of our student-athletes. They have been involved in a traumatic incident and we have made our counselors available to assist immediately. All questions regarding the investigation should be directed to law enforcement at this time.”
Edwards-Helaire has appeared in 22 games over his career with the Tigers. He has 145 carries for 657 yards and seven touchdowns.
He also has 11 receptions for 117 yards.
The best game of his career came on October 13th against the Georgia Bulldogs. He had 19 carries for 145 yards.
He has only had two games while at LSU, where he rushed for more than 100 yards. Besides the game against the Bulldogs, he had 20 carries for 136 yards and two touchdowns against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on September 22nd.