A shoe store employee who helped someone sell a pair of game-worn LSU football cleats and gloves from this past season was arrested this week.
The size 12 Nike cleats and gloves were used in the Tigers’ upset of Ole Miss on October 25 and were sold on eBay December 2 (you can see the completed sales here).
Police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana tracked down 25-year-old Fletcher Sanders at the shoe store where he worked. According to a story in The Advocate, Sanders admitted to investigators that he sold the gear for an LSU football player but refused to reveal the player’s name. After the officer told him he would be arrested if he didn’t cooperate, Sanders said “do what you have to do. I am not going to be responsible for ruining someone’s career.”
Officers then booked Sanders into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of principal to theft and possession of stolen things. The newspaper reported he was released Tuesday on $3,000 bond.
According to LSU officials, the equipment belonged to the school and is not to be sold or given away by players. They believe it was an isolated incident. The incident is still being investigated, however, and police are still trying to recover the cleats and gloves from the buyer.