Miles on Perrilloux: ‘He will be back to full membership Sunday’
Les Miles addresses the Perrilloux situation.
by Matt Reynolds - Tiger Rag Assistant Editor
The week-long build up for the dramatic and jaw-dropping possibilities of what LSU coach Les Miles had to say about the status of puzzling quarterback Ryan Perrilloux was anything but riveting.
Miles confirmed Thursday evening at the post-practice interview that Perrilloux will not participate in Saturday’s Spring Game, but will be back to “full membership” on Sunday.
“The things that Ryan is doing better in are academics responsibilities,” Miles said. “He took a test today that he needed to make up and really, he is making alot of progress. To bring him back with a couple of practices to go would probably be unfair to him and certainly unfair to the guys that have been participating and competing for the position all along. We are going to get Ryan on the sideline for the spring game, let him watch this one, and he will have full membership starting Sunday.”
An article posted in Thursday morning’s edition of The Daily Reveille claimed that Perrilloux, along with an unidentified former LSU football player and three employees from the Crazy Horse Cabaret, entered the Kona Grill at Perkins Row around 10 p.m. Sunday evening. An employee at the restaurant said the group sat in the cocktail area and began drinking. Perrilloux, the employee said, began yelling obscenities and racial slurs such as “Osama” to the server. The LSU quarterback was allegedly also cursing at the employee. The employee said a restaurant manager asked the group to leave, and after the manager threatened to call the police, the group left. Read article here
Miles publicly addressed the situation for the first time Thursday evening to the media.
“I investigate all those things,” Miles said. “I call everybody I get every piece of information I can and i’m responsible and I certainly want to find out what went on as best I can.”
“I have a good feel to what went on,” Miles added. “I feel it was represented to me honestly. To me, the public scrutiny and not being with this team is pretty serious punishment, but this didn’t help get him back reinstated with any urgency. The guy (Perrilloux) is doing pretty good in the classroom. He’s busting his tail. It’s youthful mistakes. He hasn’t broken the law. You tell me. It’s really a difficult issue. It is my hope, like with my sons or with my daughters, that if they are misbehaving, that they get the behavior right and they learn to do some things that are respectful. If you look at guys and punishment – a guy that is supposes to be taking every snap and sitting on the sideline is pretty severe punishment. And not being able to compete.”
Miles also commented on linebacker Shomari Clemons situation after he was arrested earlier in the week for an altercation he had with a Baton Rouge police officer.
“We are going to let the investigation take place,” Miles said. “More information will be forthcoming later.”
Clemons is currently suspended from the team.