“I quit counting at 10. I really don’t know.” That’s a quote attributed to Tyrann Mathieu in a USA Today column that was allegedly in reply to a question about the number of drug tests he failed at LSU before receiving a suspension.
As you might imagine, that’s caused quote a stir today. Enough so that LSU felt compelled to issue statements from both Mathieu and school A.D. Joe Alleva.
Mathieu, who received a one-game suspension from LSU in 2011, and was booted from the team in August of 2012, says LSU went to great lengths to help him.
“It is irresponsible and shows a lack of integrity for anyone to disclose medical information regardless of how it was gathered,” Mathieu said. “I would expect that conversations regarding my drug testing history during the course of my medical treatment would be private. LSU has a strong drug testing program and LSU went to great lengths to help me in my treatment and recovery. I understand that many people enjoy reading about the negative side of sports, but to publish those second-hand comments without being given a chance to address that comment prior to the publication of the article is irresponsible.”
A coach was quoted anonymously in the USA Today story regarding Mathieu saying, “If he flunked 10 tests before they suspended him, it shows that he got no kind of help.”
Regarding the drug testing at LSU, A.D. Joe Alleva says “it is a program we would put up against any in the country.”