Adios Honey Badger, Goodbye Millions

On October 26, 2012, in Sporting News, by Buddy TB

Honey BadgerThe Honey Badger seemed to be making a real effort to regain favor with the LSU football team. The old saying goes, “It’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”  In Tyrann Mathieu’s case on Thursday, he didn’t open his mouth—just the door to his apartment.  He did not have to do it….but, he did and now the world will never be the same for the controversial former line backer for the LSU Tigers football team.  Mathieu was one of four former LSU football players arrested on Thursday on marijuana charges.   It was a bad comedy of errors that led to the Baton Rouge police to his apartment near campus on Thursday evening.

Mathieu and former quarterback Jordan Jefferson were charged with simple possession of marijuana, former linebacker Karnell Hatcher was charged with his second offense of simple possession.Mathieu, a junior defensive back widely known as the “Honey Badger,” was removed from the LSU football team earlier this year after what sources said was multiple failed drug tests. He is currently enrolled at LSU and was hoping to return to the team next season. Mathieu was mentioned for the Heisman Trophy in 2011.  Both Hatcher and Bryant were defensive backs for LSU.

Jefferson is a former LSU quarterback who started the BCS National Championship Game against Alabama in January 2012.  Officers were dispatched to an apartment at 262 West State in Baton Rouge around 3:30 p.m. in reference to a complaint about a man trying to force his way into the complex through a security gate.  “Officers immediately smelled a strong odor of marijuana and obtained consent from Mathieu to search the apartment,” a police news release said. “Inside, they found three other men, including the one who had allegedly tried to force his way through the gate. He was identified as Jordan Jefferson. Thanks a lot Jordan!?!?!

Is this latest arrest going to prevent Mathieu from making a living playing football in the NFL?  Probably not.  All it takes is one NFL general manager to be willing to take a chance.  But from a football perspective, you have to wonder if his drug rehabilitation was nothing but a public relations ploy. Mathieu still has a lot of fans pulling for him but he is going to have to show them that he is serious about playing football

 

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