Earlier Friday morning, a USA Today report surfaced that former LSU Tigers defensive back Tyrann Mathieu failed more than ten drug tests during his time at LSU and that immediately raised questions about whether or not the university did enough to help the troubled corner with his issues.
While failing ten drug tests of any kind is troubling, Mathieu responded in a way that has shown his maturity.
Mathieu wanted to take full responsibility and stated that LSU tried to help him as much as possible. Mathieu is shouldering all of the responsibility and his willingness to disclose information to teams throughout the draft process has helped him a lot.
Here is what Mathieu had to say about the USA Today report, via LSU SportsNet:
“It is irresponsible and shows a lack of integrity for anyone to disclose medical information regardless of how it was gathered. 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.”
You have to respect Mathieu for taking the blame.
It shows that his efforts to improve are paying off and he appears ready to tackle the NFL with a new sense of responsibility. That is very promising to the teams that are considering spending a pick on Mathieu two weeks from now.