Former LSU safety Jalen Mills said his 2014 arrest for second-degree battery happened because of a false accusation from a woman he did not know, who picked him out of a lineup and accused him of punching her in the mouth.
While he maintains his innocence, Mills never went to trial to fight the accusations and instead opted to go through a diversion program, which mandated psychiatric evaluation, payment of the victim’s medical bills, 30 hours of community service and routine drug testing.
“I was tempted (to go to trial),” Mills told reporters on Friday, via Matt Lombardo of NJ Advance Media. “Very tempted. But, I just wanted to get the situation over with because a trial could have led on forever. We didn’t have a date for a trial. Also, so that I could get back in school, get closer to my degree and get back on the field as well.”
Mills was suspended for nearly two months before LSU coach Les Miles lifted the suspension in time for the safety to return for fall practices in August. He also had to get approval from the LSU dean to return to the campus, as well.
“We had a meeting with the dean,” Mills told reporters. “The girl gave her statement to the dean, I gave my statement to the dean and she got to decide whether or not I was able to come back onto LSU’s campus or not at all. Once she said that she felt my side was more so the truth, they let me back onto campus again.”
Mills finished his LSU career with 46 starts, six interceptions, four sacks and 216 tackles. He was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh-round of the 2016 NFL Draft.