LSU coach Les Miles says he knew one of the police officers slain Sunday during the Baton Rouge, La., shootings.
That officer was 32-year-old Montrell Jackson, someone whom Miles had spoken to on numerous occasions.
“Montrell Jackson has had conversations with me and my family. (He was) just a joy to be around,” the coach told ESPN’s Lindsay Czarniak (via Ross Dellenger of The Advocate). “It’s a day where the state of Louisiana and Baton Rouge has a heavy heart.”
Miles issued a statement in light of Sunday’s shootings, saying his heart was pained by the violence. He also cancelled his planned trip to Bristol, Conn., for ESPN’s annual “car wash.” Miles said he wanted to be near his players.
“The community is heart sick over the loss of three fine civil servants,” Miles said. “I wanted to be around my players. We have several players who have law enforcement fathers. I wanted them to see me in the weight room, our study area and on campus.
“It also put me in position, if I can come be a part of whatever issues the police department and those agencies are having, I’d like to be a part of that too.”