We all knew that former LSU Tigers defensive back Tyrann Mathieu had a marijuana problem, but we weren’t sure exactly how serious it was. I remember being personally told the day that Mathieu was dismissed from the team that he had failed 13 drug tests at LSU. I didn’t want to believe that it was true, but what Mathieu is telling teams proves that bit of information is very close to the truth.
According to Jarrett Bell of USA Today, NFL teams have been asking Mathieu how many drug tests he failed in college and the number is staggering.
“I quit counting at 10,” Mathieu answered. “I really don’t know.”
That’s a bigger issue.
At some point LSU needs to stand up and help Mathieu. It was clear that he had a problem and they allowed him to play and smoke away his collegiate career. They put football before helping the younger man and that is completely unacceptable.
Sure, Mathieu shares the responsibility and shouldn’t have been lighting up, but the lack of support and help could have made the problem much bigger than it ever should have been.
It’s easy to see why Mathieu left LSU to get better.
Now, Mathieu has been spending a lot of time in South Florida as he rehabs himself. He’s been impressing NFL scouts throughout the draft process and his NFL career has been given new life. He has shown a new sense of maturity and understanding and that has gone a long way.
In the NFL, Mathieu will receive the support and help that he never got at LSU. Hopefully he will be able to stay on the right path and have a successful career.
With the draft less than two weeks away, Mathieu looks like a third- or fourth-round pick.