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Jefferson pleads no contest

Associated Press
The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 11:49 AM

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Former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson was released from jail Wednesday and placed on a one-year probation after he pleaded no contest to a charge of simple battery stemming from a 2011 bar fight.

State District Judge Chip Moore placed Jefferson on supervised probation, fined him $100 and ordered him to do 30 hours of community service. He also must submit to random drug testing.

Jefferson's troubles began in August 2011 when he and other LSU players were accused of beating a man near the LSU campus. He pleaded innocent to an indictment handed up in September 2011 and was freed on a $5,000 bond.

But last week the 22-year-old Jefferson was arrested along with former LSU players Tyrann Mathieu, Derrick Bryant and Karnell Hatcher on drug charges. The arrest violated his bond, and Moore ordered Jefferson back to jail Tuesday.

BASKETBALL: No. 10 Florida will be without forward Casey Prather for tonight's exhibition game against Nebraska-Kearney.

Prather sustained a concussion during a scrimmage Saturday and was ruled out Wednesday.

The Gators say Prather will be re-evaluated before determining his availability for the team's season opener Nov. 9 against Georgetown on the USS Bataan in Jacksonville.

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