Jan 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; LSU Tigers cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (7) walks off the field with teammates after the 2012 BCS National Championship game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Former LSU DB Tyrann Mathieu: I Was Devastated Missing Football Season (Video)

Former LSU Tigers defensive back Tyrann Mathieu has had a difficult year. He was kicked off of the LSU football team after multiple failed drug tests, only to find himself facing marijuana charges a few months later. Mathieu has decided to enter the 2013 NFL Draft, but he will have to face some tough questions during the draft season’s interview process.

It all stared on Sunday when Mathieu sat down with ESPN’s Joe Schad to discuss the impact missing an entire football season had on him.

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You could immediately see that Mathieu was emotional and felt bad about letting everyone around him and himself down. “The Honey Badger” went on to open up about his drug abuse and claims that he has stopped using marijuana all together. For the sake of his future, let’s hope he is telling the truth.

Mathieu was also asked how he sees his story ending. He responded, “like Ray Lewis.” There is no doubt that Mathieu is a very passionate young man and he seems more focused than ever at making an impact at the next level. If he puts his mind to it, Mathieu could develop into a leader.

Here is a clip from Mathieu’s emotional and passionate interview with Schad:

I know many will trash the guy for his mistakes in the past, but I am rooting for Mathieu to come full circle and turn around his life. He is unquestionably an incredible football talent and he can bring a lot to an NFL franchise if he stays clean and focused.

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  • ladyaysmom

    Sending the best Tyrann’s way. We’ve been behind him since day one. Everyone has set backs and let’s face it he’s still a kid. Our kids made mistakes, we made mistakes in our youth. It’s just the way it is. Missed him at the bowl game so hopefully we’ll see him in the big leagues. Best of luck to him. And to all the negative comments that will follow-God forbid we are all judged on the decisions and choices we made in our foolish youth. We all get up every day and try. Some days are better than others. But make no mistake EVERY day we ALL fall short of the glory of God.

  • http://twitter.com/3tsand2ms Terry G. McClinton

    Just talking to my husband about him yesterday..as a BAMA fan…he was a true threat…as a human being…I wish him the best. We all deserve a 2nd chance!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Malcolm-Kyle/100001700224506 Malcolm Kyle

    Here are just a few of the many highly motivated athletes whose drug of choice is cannabis/marijuana:

    * Usain Bolt, the 2008 World Record holder of the 100 and 200 meter sprint.

    * Michael Phelps, the most decorated swimmer ever with 14 Olympic gold medals.

    * Tim Linecum, the National League baseball’s Cy Young Award winner for 2009.

    * Santonio Holmes, the Super Bowl XLII’s MVP.

    * Mark Stepnoski, two-time Super Bowl champion. “I’d rather smoke than take painkillers.”

    * Randy Moss, NFL single season touchdown reception record (23, set in 2007), and the NFL single-season touchdown reception record for a rookie (17, in 1998). Moss has founded, and financed many charitable endeavors including the the Links for Learning foundation, formed in 2008.

    * Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leader in points scored (38,387), games played, minutes played, field goals made, field goal attempts, blocked shots and defensive rebounds. During his career with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers from 1969 to 1989, Abdul-Jabbar won six NBA championships and a record six regular season MVP Awards. He has a prescription to smoke marijuana in California, which he says he uses to control nausea and migraine headaches. He has been arrested twice for marijuana possession.


    “Everybody thinks that if you did this random testing you’d catch so many guys on PEDs. No, you’d catch more of the guys on marijuana. So [we've got] 475 guys under contract and 400 of them would be out with marijuana [suspensions].”

    —Dana White, president of the UFC.

    “At least a good 50 [US] Olympic athletes use marijuana regularly before they stop in time for testing.”

    —Stephany Lee

    “I just let him know that most of the players in the league use marijuana and I have and do partake in smoking weed in the offseason”

    —Josh Howard, forward for the Dallas Mavericks. Howard admitted to smoking marijuana on Michel Irvin’s ESPN show.

    “You got guys out there playing high every night. You got 60% of your league on marijuana. What can you do?”

    —Charles Oakley (Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets)

    “I personally know boxers, body builders, cyclists, runners and athletes from all walks of life that train and compete with the assistance of marijuana,”

    —WWE wrestler Rob Van Dam

    * Even many of the best cricket players of all time, like Phil Tufnell and Sir Ian Botham, have admitted to regularly using marijuana to deal with stress and muscle aches. In 2001, half of South Africa’s cricket team was caught smoking marijuana with the team physiotherapist. They were celebrating a championship victory in the Caribbean.