Earlier today, we told you in our headlines post about an SI.com profile of former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu. It examines all of the issues he has faced — kicked of the Tiger team for a year (at least) and time in counseling at John Lucas’ Houston-based drug rehab clinic.
But it also points to the possibility that Mathieu might have violated NCAA rules by helping to promote parties in clubs and receiving VIP treatment in return while still a member of the LSU football team:
“The flyers and videos may be a violation of NCAA rule 126.96.36.199, which says that anyone who ‘accepts any remuneration or permits the use of his or her name or picture to advertise, recommend or promote directly the sale or use of a commercial product or service of any kind’ is ineligible. A veteran compliance officer with no direct knowledge of Mathieu’s case says that any penalties would depend on how commercial the videos were, whether Mathieu knew what they were being used for and if he received any illicit benefits, which would violate a separate NCAA rule. ‘If this guy is in the video in an attempt to draw people to the place,’ says the officer, ‘that’s not permissible.’ LSU says the school, including coach Les Miles, is unaware of players using their images to promote events or receiving extra benefits.”
Current LSU sophomore defensive tackle Anthony Johnson was also listed as one of the parties’ hosts, but he denied any involvement.
Stay tuned. The road back to the Tiger football program might have taken another turn (in 2013) might’ve just taken another turn.