Tyrann Mathieu checks into rehab




There has been a lot of speculation over where former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu would play next.

It appears the answer is nowhere – for the time being.

Mathieu’s father told WVUE-TV in New Orleans Thursday night that the Heisman Trophy finalist has checked into a rehab center and will not attend a college or play football this season.

Mathieu is being mentored by former NBA coach John Lucas and is being treated at a facility in Houston, said Tyrone Mathieu, according to several media reports.

Mathieu, aka “The Honey Badger,” was dismissed last week for violating team rules.

Earlier this week LSU coach Les Miles declined to close the door completely on the possibility, however remote, that Mathieu would return to the team. About 20 college football programs have asked LSU for permission to speak with All-America cornerback, with only Nicholls State publicly saying they were granted permission to pursue Mathieu.

As a sophomore Mathieu won the Bednarik Award as national defensive player of the year last season. He scored four touchdowns — two on punt returns and two on fumble returns — intercepted two passes, caused six fumbles and recovered four.

36 comments Add your comment

Gene

August 17th, 2012
8:00 am

This kid is such a talent. I hope that he beats whatever substance he was abusing and returns to football.

5150 UOAD`

August 17th, 2012
8:01 am

If college players are so broke how can they afford all the drugs to get addicted and all the tattoos?

Charles Watts

August 17th, 2012
8:05 am

I wish the young man well. Hopefully the rehab will benefit him so he can get his life in order. Good Luck!

Woman in the throes

August 17th, 2012
8:08 am

Best of luck to Tyrann in dealing with his apparent demons. Hopefully he’ll get the help he needs and come back better than ever.

tim

August 17th, 2012
8:10 am

He’s a loser.

Les Miles

August 17th, 2012
8:25 am

Goodbye lil fella. Get clean stay clean and I will see you on ESPN highlights playing football somewhere but not here. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are for people with weak character and they must try harder to resist these destructive items than a normal person. So long and have a nice day.

dawgfan

August 17th, 2012
8:26 am

Great player. I liked him, except when he was running punts back for touchdowns against Georgia. Hopefully he’ll be back.

I’m glad UOAD and tim are so perfect.

Delbert D.

August 17th, 2012
8:28 am

One of the reports I read said the drug was one of the synthetic marijuana concoctions sold as “bath salts.” Those mixtures get changed to keep ahead of the classification of controlled drugs. I couldn’t determine if the report was referring to his bust last year or the more recent one.

5150 UOAD`

August 17th, 2012
8:30 am

dawgfan Who said perfect? I asked HOW can the BROKE college players that “Should Be Paid”( :) ) afford the Drugs and Tattoos?

dawgfan

August 17th, 2012
8:37 am

I would respond with a Reuben Houston joke but I’m feeling rather charitable this morning.

Anyway, I doubt drugs and tattoos are that expensive. It may be that alcohol is just as much of a problem for him.

mad~catfish

August 17th, 2012
8:41 am

bring him to athens next fall…the good lord and coach richt’s guidance might be just what he needs

mad~catfish

August 17th, 2012
8:41 am

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5150 UOAD`

August 17th, 2012
8:46 am

Reuben Houston was not BUYING. He was making money.
If you don’t think Tattoos are expensive you ain’t to BRITE.
Alcohol ain’t Cheap either.

WarEagle

August 17th, 2012
9:04 am

I wish the kid the best. I enjoyed seeing him play for LSU when they destroyed the DAWGS, hell even when they thumped us. Talent is talent no matter what side of the ball it is on. The player is always fun to watch. I hop he gets his life turned around just not to play football again, but to be a better man for the future. I was hoping if he did go FCS that Georgia Southern would be his destination, but alas…wishful thinking! All you with negative comments should stop. I think we forget that these guys are kids…18-22 years of age. They are prone to make mistakes and get caught up in they hype…i.e. Isaiah Crowell. Oh and to all the Georgia fans. You guys are quick to rip the other schools for the littlest thing. But you guys constantly have players arrested and in jail. Hell your former coach is about to do FEDERAL time. Get with it. WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

Big Crimson 75

August 17th, 2012
9:12 am

51 — Is that You?

gt4ever

August 17th, 2012
9:16 am

Let’s hope the kid pushes through this down time in his life.. Good Luck to him!

Neutral

August 17th, 2012
9:19 am

I wish him the best…..he is a fabulous player. P.S. “even money” says that he will be back at LSU next season…….even though Les says it is a “highly unlikely, remote chance that he will return”. With Miles that means about a 75% chance he will return!!!

Spanky

August 17th, 2012
9:42 am

dawgfan- for the tattoo(s) that he has, anywhere from $600-$1000…and yes, I do know from experience. However, these athletes can afford them because their non-athletic buddies hook’em up, just to call them “my boy”. In Honey-Badger’s case, it was weed. All you gotta do is call a buddy up to hang out, and ya don’t even have to buy it! ….in this case, athletes are regarded as rockstars.

Big Crimson 75

August 17th, 2012
9:43 am

The Weed-badger is vastly over-rated.
He will not be a star in the NFL.
Too slow & not big enough.
That doesn’t take away from his accomplishments in College. I think he was hands-down the Defensive POY in College Football.
Mark my words…..the weed-badger is an NFL “bust” – no pun intended.

Slaw Dawg

August 17th, 2012
9:56 am

I say we go after the Honey Bagger with whatever it takes to get him to become a Bulldog because we don’t have anyone near his talent level on the team because Mark Rich has not been too hot on the recruteing trail like he was when he first started as the UGA coach back a few years ago but he was much younger then and has aged like we all have but that still aint no excuse for him not to go after the Honey Bagger and get him to become a Bulldog for life. When I was a UGA student David Green and David Polock were the 2 best players and I had they’re jerseys and worn one during the day and slept in the other one at night sometimes I would wear both at once or not at all. Its great to be a Bulldog I just hope Mark Rich can land the Honey Bagger. GO dogs. Woff Sick em boys

Hunting Dawg

August 17th, 2012
10:03 am

I wish him well in his journey, wherever that may take him.

Spanky

August 17th, 2012
10:08 am

Slaw Dawg- we’ll call it a trade for Mettenburger…

The Truth

August 17th, 2012
10:18 am

Yes, we agree, the weed-badger is indeed a fool and dope head.

anon

August 17th, 2012
10:40 am

LOL….rehab for weed? really?

Burdell

August 17th, 2012
10:45 am

“All you gotta do is call a buddy up to hang out, and ya don’t even have to buy it! ….in this case, athletes are regarded as rockstars.”

Spanky hit the nail on the head.

matt

August 17th, 2012
11:40 am

Anon- haha!! I have this mental picture of that scene from half baked where Chappelle goes to that meeting and Bob Saget is there. HAHAHA!!!!

J

August 17th, 2012
11:46 am

Tim, it’s hilarious that when young black men do stupid things they’re a loser but when our old president abused cocaine when he was that age it’s overlooked.

aprilglaspie

August 17th, 2012
12:08 pm

Rehab? This ain’t about pot.

lakedawg

August 17th, 2012
12:16 pm

@J-

Don’t try to make this a racial thing- your a$$ is showing right above your collar.

@tim-

I’m impressed that such an accomplished adult as yourself can call this kid a loser. I suspect you should be pretty good at identifying tlosers.

I hated what this kid did to the Dawgs but he is an impressive and entertaining athlete. I hope this is an effective wake-up call for him.

David Granger

August 17th, 2012
12:25 pm

Have to admit, this was a surprise. I really expected him to play FCS for a season and then go pro.
I hope he’s in the clear regarding the financial dealings here. The cost of a treatment facility is rather high, and if an outside donor pays it for him, or if he’s given free treatment, then he’s in danger of losing his college eligibility. That might not make any difference. A smart agent might pay for him to dry out, and then offer a very fine DB and kick returner who’s “clean”. I wish him luck.

Terry

August 17th, 2012
12:31 pm

WarEagle, when you become of the age of accountability, you are no longer considered a kid, and must pay for your actions, that’s what’s wrong with this world now, no one wants to be accountable for what they do, just make excuses, at 18 you are an adult, a young one, but still an adult.

hey j

August 17th, 2012
12:39 pm

you twit there is a difference in trying something and abusing something..

WarEagle

August 17th, 2012
12:40 pm

@ Terry. True I agree. Everyone, should be held accountable for their actions. However, I say that they are kids simply because of the fact that they are young and typically more prone to make mistakes that a more logical, rational-minded adult would not. Now had this kid been in the NFL and made a buttload of money…I would care less. However, still learning…even though we all know drugs are wrong…yet these young people feel invincible and above the law. However, science has proven that there is portion of our brain that does not fully develop until about the age of 30 which helps us decipher better reasoning and cause and effect; in effect, it explains why young people do the dumb stuff they do. But at least Tyrann is getting help…meaning he has accepted that he has a problem.

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Steve Davis

August 17th, 2012
12:50 pm

I’ve never understood how smoking weed impacts your ability to carry a football or tackle someone with a football anyway. Steroids and performance enhancing drugs are the only ones that football has any business worrying about.

UGA/LSU fan

August 17th, 2012
1:51 pm

If any of you believe this kid entered rehab because he truly wants to stop smoking dope then you are kidding yourselves. This is all part of a plan to get him back into school somewhere. He will continue to smoke dope because thats what he wants to do.