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Report: Ex-LSU Star Mathieu Skipping Football For Rehab

According to WVUE-TV in New Orleans, in addition to “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington” and “An American Tail: Fievel Goes West,” we now have “The Honey Badger Goes To Rehab.”

In a surprise move, ex-LSU star Tyrann Mathieu will not transfer to an FCS school, play football this fall, and then jump to the NFL next spring.  Instead he will be at the Right Step recovery center in Houston with ex-NBA player/coach John Lucas.  Obviously, that means that Mathieu will not be attending class at LSU this fall, either.

So after everyone — including yours truly — laid out Mathieu’s options as #1, #2 or #3… he chose #4.  And good for him.  Here’s hoping he can kick what most believe to be a marijuana habit.

The station spoke with Mathieu’s father who said the family decided as a whole for their son to remain in rehab for the fall:


“The Honey Badger’s father, Tyrone Mathieu, tells FOX 8 Sports that he and Tyrann agree — until he conquers his demons, he won’t be successful at his future endeavors, wherever they unfold.  The senior Mathieu says both Tyrann and his family are committed to restoring Tyrann’s health, no matter what it takes, believing football will take care of itself down the road.”


We’ve been running this site for about five years now and I can’t stress enough how refreshing it is to write about a young man making a smart decision after getting intelligent advice from his loved ones.  In most cases, either money or athletics comes first.  On this occasion, Mathieu’s health and future were put front and center.

Good luck to him.


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Hopefully he will do better than Renardo Sidney did at putting down the cheeseburgers..


Or it could be option #5, without rehab he knows he will probably go undrafted. I wish him the best.


That is the best news coming out of a college player in years. I agree with him and his family. Get healthy, then go live your dreams.

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