LSU fires law firm, bans former RB Derrius Guice
Looking to move past multiple allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct over the past decade, LSU announced Friday night that it was firing its law firm and wiping out the records of former running back Derrius Guice.
The school also is banning Guice from future involvement with the Tigers in light of numerous allegations of sexual assault or misconduct during his time at LSU, 2015-17. In the past year, he was charged three times with domestic violence.
The Taylor Porter law firm had represented LSU for 80 years but is out largely due to its perceived missteps regarding sexual misconduct allegations against then-coach Les Miles in 2013.
LSU board chair Robert Dampf told The Advocate of Baton Rouge, La., on Friday, “These are difficult decisions, and the board has tried to work to get it right. We regret some of the actions we’ve had to take. But these are very complicated, fact-specific issues. They take time.”
The school recently suspended or transferred several athletic department staffers over their past actions or inactions regarding sexual-misconduct allegations.
In 2013, Taylor Porter investigated allegations against Miles levied by a female student accusing him of unwanted advances. Miles denied the allegations then and continues to deny them. ESPN reported that the findings indicated only three of 16 LSU board members were notified of the investigation.
Taylor Porter general counsel David Shelby said to The Advocate, “Our firm’s attorneys made no recommendations about who should be informed of the results of the investigation. Indeed, it was not our place to do so in light of the issues presented by the investigation. Any suggestion that Taylor Porter orchestrated or participated in a cover-up is absolutely false, and, in time, the full record will make this clear.”
Guice played in 35 games for the Tigers, compiling 3,074 rushing yards and 29 rushing touchdowns as well as three receiving TDs. He ran for 1,387 yards as a sophomore in 2016 and 1,251 yards the following season. On Nov. 24, 2016, he ran for a school-record 285 yards and four touchdowns on 37 carries in a win at Texas A&M.
A second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft by Washington, Guice played just five games as a pro. Injuries cost Guice all of the 2018 season and most of the 2019 season before his legal troubles prompted Washington to cut him in August 2020.
–Field Level Media