LSU Tigers running back Jeremy Hill has been reinstated by the team after constant legal troubles saw him suspended by the football program.
It was determined today that Hill would not go to jail over a simple battery charge that he committed and pled guilty to in April. Instead, he was placed on probation and will receive 40 hours of community service.
The battery charge was not the first of Hill’s legal troubles. In January 2012, he was charged with sexual battery against a 14-year-old girl and ultimately ended up pleading guilty to having carnal knowledge of the underage girl.
There have been tons of questions around the way LSU has handled the troubled Hill given his legal troubles. Even after the charge with the 14-year-old girl, he was still offered a scholarship by LSU, as he was one of the more highly recruited players in the class of 2011.
Hill was one of the best freshman football players in the country in 2012 for the Tigers. He ran for 755 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season and was named Co-Freshman Player of the Week in the SEC after their game versus South Carolina.
Les Miles announced today that the decision was a “team decision” and that the players all wanted Hill back on the team. Miles also commented saying that he thought Hill was a good person.
It will be interesting to see if there is any further punishment for Hill given the backlash that is sure to come from his reinstatement.