( 4UMF NEWS ) More Trouble For LSU Star Tyrann Mathieu:
Even under the best of circumstances, Tyrann Mathieu found trouble in Baton Rouge.
Even as LSU’s star player, under the protective bubble of a football program that needed him, busied with the time constraints of practice and playing and everything else that comes with being a Heisman contender, Mathieu reportedly failed too many drug tests and got booted from the program.
The Honey Badger had real problems. He had real challenges. And yet somehow those around him sent Mathieu right back to Baton Rouge, right back to LSU, only as a regular student this time even though he had virtually no chance of regaining his eligibility for the Tigers.
So he had no football. No drill sergeant coaches. No support system or competitive outlet or structure or maybe even a positive role model. There was just a lot of free time, the same old fame and, it turns out, the same ex-teammates/friends to help get him in even deeper.
Mathieu and three former LSU players were arrested Thursday on drug charges after police searched his apartment, with Mathieu’s permission no less, and found “10 bags of high-grade marijuana” and other sales paraphernalia such as grinders and scales.
The Honey Badger is presumed innocent in court and perhaps his strange willingness to let the cops just come right into his apartment speaks not of extreme legal naiveté but rather Mathieu being unaware there was anything to hide. Who knows? Mathieu was charged with simple possession of marijuana, which a number of websites dealing with Louisiana criminal law downplay as somewhat minor and can result in a drug diversion program rather than a prison term. Former teammate Derrick Bryant was charged with the far more serious possession with intent to distribute.
This isn’t the end of the line. It’s on the way though.