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LSU Football: Trey Lealaimatafao Claims Racism Regarding Role In Bar Fight That Led To His Dismissal

LSU dismissed redshirt freshman defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao from the program earlier this afternoon, less than two weeks after the San Antonio native was suspended from the team for his alleged role in a bar fight and subsequent arrest. 

According to The Advocate, Lealaimatafao was charged with simple battery and robbery following the incident at a Baton Rouge bar. 

Lealaimatafao, a redshirt freshman from Texas, beat an unnamed male victim unconscious and then punched the victim’s girlfriend in the face with a closed fist in the parking lot of Reggie’s bar on Tuesday, police records show.

Lealaimatafao dug through the male victim’s pockets after the alleged beating. Three eye witnesses told police that the football player fled the scene when authorities arrived. All three witnesses gave police similar accounts of the incident and identified Lealaimatafao out of a photo lineup.

Lealaimatafao is singing a different tune regarding what allegedly happened. While not denying he was involved in the fight, he claims racism is behind the accusations of assault and robbery.

Lealaimatafao's assertions are pretty serious. However, he doesn't address why he allegedly punched the victim's girlfriend in the face. It will be interesting to see if further details emerge in this matter.

Regardless, Lealaimatafao is confident in his ability to return to the gridiron, telling South Carolina's Bryson Allen-Williams he anticipates playing college football sooner rather than later. 

">@B_Quatro4 you know I'll be back on the scene in a year or 2

— Trey Lealaimatafao™ (@TLay_56) June 29, 2015