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Report says Honey Badger is in drug rehab

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Any chance of former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu playing at all this fall — anywhere — has been put on hold.

Instead, Honey Badger will remain at Right Step drug recovery center in Houston, according to Mathieu’s father. Mathieu has been in drug rehab since Monday. WVUE in New Orleans first reported the news:

The Honey Badger’s father, Tyrone Mathieu, tells FOX 8 Sports that he and Tyrann agree — until he conquers his demons, he won’t be successful at his future endeavors, wherever they unfold.  The senior Mathieu says both Tyrann and his family are committed to restoring Tyrann’s health, no matter what it takes, believing football will take care of itself down the road.

Mathieu was dismissed from the team last week following what was reported to be yet another failed drug test. Since his release, rumors have circulated over where the All-American would land next, including 1-AA McNeese State or possibly a one-year hiatus before returning to LSU’s football program.

It doesn’t look like either of those is a possibility right now. Mathieu will not be attending any classes at any school this fall, per his father. Given the small amount of information that anybody knows about Mathieu’s situation, this sounds like the right m0ve. Mathieu needs to get his head right; everything else in his life will follow.

Here’s hoping Mathieu gets it figured out, whatever “it” means to him.

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34 Responses to “Report says Honey Badger is in drug rehab”
  1. dryzzt23 says: Aug 17, 2012 9:37 AM

    I wonder if an SEC booster is paying for his rehab…

  2. clemsonstillsucks says: Aug 17, 2012 9:41 AM

    Here’s to hoping he puts the same level of effort into his recovery that he put into football.

    God bless him and his family as they work their way through this.

  3. fatcamper says: Aug 17, 2012 9:56 AM

    It’s good to see that the honey badger does care. It would be a great story if LSU would allow him to return after straightening this all out.

  4. js20011041 says: Aug 17, 2012 10:11 AM

    While I wish him luck in recovering, I really, really hope that we don’t have to deal with some media created bullshit about him being a hero once he returns to the field.

  5. gotampabay52 says: Aug 17, 2012 10:25 AM

    not an LSU fan but good luck kid get it right now in your young life cause it will just get harder

  6. mianfr says: Aug 17, 2012 10:32 AM

    Isn’t his father in prison?

  7. kdbroom says: Aug 17, 2012 10:32 AM

    I’m an LSU fan, but I really don’t care if he comes back to LSU. I just want him to straighten himself up, first and foremost. If he does straighten himself up, and he chooses LSU, great. If he goes elsewhere, I’ll wish him the best. If he goes pro, I wish him the best too. Regardless, he won’t be a hero. He’ll just be someone who screwed himself up, and then fixed himself. Those two net out to just being a regular person again, and not being worthy of hero-worship.

  8. cometkazie says: Aug 17, 2012 10:43 AM

    Good move.

    I hope he sticks with it.

  9. chumthumper says: Aug 17, 2012 10:53 AM

    “Conquers his demons” implies there is some force or factors causing this young man to have drug problems and dismisses personal accountability for him making some horrible life decisions.

  10. tigersgeaux says: Aug 17, 2012 10:55 AM

    Wish Tyrann the best in his complete recovery. Anything short of that would be an added tragedy. He has a great future ahead of him once he get his head straight.

    mianfr: great question. Tyrann’s birth father is serving a life sentence in prison, which was a death sentence commuted to life without benefit of parole. His mother discarded Tyrann. His grandmother took him in to save his life from living on the streets. After his grandmother died when Tyrann was 5 and he was on the streets again, his uncle and aunt took him in. This “father” being indicated by WVUE TV and othe reports is actually his uncle, who is the only father he has known (I am fairly sure).

  11. canetic says: Aug 17, 2012 11:34 AM

    Here’s your rehab:

    Don’t smoke blunts — money, fame, girls

    Smoke blunts — none of the above

  12. alligatorsnapper says: Aug 17, 2012 11:39 AM

    This was the best move for Tyrann. Get his head and health in order before considering the next move in his life. My prayers are with him for a healthy life apart from any substances.

    USA Today reporter confirmed that it was Tyrann’s uncle who has been acting as his father since Tyrann’s grandmother died, who made the comments and is being quoted.

    Also, a very interesting tidbit:

    Tyrann Matthieu is in John Lucas’ Treatment and Recovery Center in Houston. Lucas made the offer to Tyrann and his family and indicated money would not be an issue. Lucas is willing to provide the treatment gratis, if that is consistent with maintaining Tyrann’s amateur status. If not, they will work something out.

  13. florida727 says: Aug 17, 2012 12:48 PM

    dryzzt23 says:
    Aug 17, 2012 9:37 AM
    I wonder if an SEC booster is paying for his rehab…


    Congratulations. Stupidest post, by far. Nobody’s even a close second. You’re going to joke about a young man with a drug problem trying to do something to turn his life around? Really? What an asinine comment.

    “kdbroom”, maybe not “hero worship”, but he can definitely serve as a role model. Being able to admit you’ve screwed up and then be able to share with others how you turned your life around is a powerful testimonial message… if delivered properly. A lot of people can lead a “normal” life. It takes someone special to screw up, fix it, then put yourself out there for everyone to see. A lot has to happen between now and then, but at least he’s making the effort. Glad to see his family is supportive.

  14. gorilladunk says: Aug 17, 2012 1:31 PM

    Don’t want to seem like a complete doofus on the matter, but I can’t remember anyone going into rehab for issues related solely to marijuana. Obviously, this kid had a much more serious problem than just wacky tobacky. Not an LSU fan, but I hope eveything turns out okay for him.

  15. rsmeans says: Aug 17, 2012 1:32 PM

    He would be better off playing somewhere this season. Drug rehabs are the worse possible place to break an addiction. In fact they increase the addition even in the best rehab centers in the country. Try finding any research that was properly done that supports rehabs. There is none. A person hopefully with family support can do it on his own.

  16. sabatimus says: Aug 17, 2012 3:27 PM

    I don’t see rsmeans posting any research to back up his claims, so until he does, the words are empty.

  17. cometkazie says: Aug 17, 2012 3:28 PM

    tigersgeaux says:
    Aug 17, 2012 10:55 AM

    Thanks for providing a summary of his family.

  18. seanb20124 says: Aug 17, 2012 3:57 PM

    Sounds like an extra benefit. The free rehab gift from John Lucas???

  19. dmvtransplant says: Aug 17, 2012 4:33 PM

    Can someone tell me was he using something stronger than weed? I don’t understand why anybody would have to go to rehab for Mary Jane? I’m not an LSU fan so I don’t follow their guys normally.

  20. suprmous says: Aug 17, 2012 5:30 PM

    Bless ya My Bud for goin and gettin help. Gotta hand it to ya ya didn’t have to but knowin your heart’s in the right place and knowin your grandmother would be proud of you along with a couple of other reasons we know about you’re gonna do just fine. Now for you naysayers, keep criticizin him and it’s a sure thing that you’ll keep lookin like the one who’s a loser. I’m not makin excuses for him I’m just showin compassion for a friend. If you’re blessed with friends do you think they’d let you go thru tough times alone? And yes, he’ll come out bein a role model because he sought out help and didn’t go off into the sunset kickin and screamin he was too good for help. He admitted he has a problem and he’s takin care of it. tigersgeaux and gatorsnapper, thanks for bein who you are.

  21. theawesomersfranchise says: Aug 17, 2012 5:45 PM

    Rehab for weed?
    Is that next door to tobacco rehab?

  22. normtide says: Aug 17, 2012 6:15 PM

    You dont go to rehab for weed, at least not on an in patient basis. Best of luck to this kid. At the very least, you have people who care enough to see this through with you. I truly hope to see you line up across the field from bama next year, and in the pros after that.

  23. royaltbaum says: Aug 17, 2012 7:14 PM

    Are we sure this isn’t a classic case of I’m a superstar and can get away with anything I want, they won’t kick me off the team, oops they did kick me off the team, now I’m gonna go to rehab for weed? Seriously doubt he’s doing major drugs. He just got a wake up call, I’m sure once he’s drafted in the top 5 he’ll go right out and buy a bag. Good luck superstar.

  24. dotdashx4 says: Aug 17, 2012 7:36 PM

    You in here ‘cuz of marijuana?! Man, this is some BULLSHlT!

  25. frug says: Aug 17, 2012 10:10 PM

    Who knows, maybe getting of LSU’s FB team will be the best thing that ever happened to the Honey Badger. It may have cost him a football career but it might have saved his life.

    Good luck.

  26. frug says: Aug 17, 2012 10:19 PM

    shoud read;

    …getting thrown off of…

  27. jonanthans says: Aug 17, 2012 10:43 PM

    He is in treatment for meth and heroin addiction. Been fighting it for 4 years. Ty is a really good kid but cant distance himself from his friends from the hood, and is paying the price. Hopefully he actually makes a change.

  28. parkcityute says: Aug 18, 2012 12:08 AM


    Every source I have read or have heard says, weed. You say meth and heroine. Please cite your sources.

  29. escoboltsfan says: Aug 18, 2012 12:44 AM

    he’s tweeting from rehab… only in america

  30. usmutts says: Aug 18, 2012 12:46 AM

    I’m fairly certain that a meth and heroin addict cannot possibly maintain the focus, discipline, concentration and sustained physicality to play college football.

    “jonanthans,” you need to reveal your evidence.

  31. dmvtransplant says: Aug 18, 2012 2:31 AM

    @ usmutts

    Todd Marinovich led USC to a Rose Bowl victory, while on cocaine & heroin. So yeah it’s possible.

  32. cometkazie says: Aug 18, 2012 8:11 AM

    escoboltsfan says:
    Aug 18, 2012 12:44 AM
    he’s tweeting from rehab… only in america
    Until they take his phone away . . .

  33. 2ndaryinsanity says: Aug 18, 2012 11:26 PM

    I love reading all the expert opinions here. Everything from “rehab doesn’t work” to “nobody goes to rehab for weed” and other similar crap. Do any of you PERSONALLY know this young man? Or what his life is like off the football field?
    A certain saying comes to mind: “opinions are like a-holes, everyone has one and they all stink.”

  34. cheers4ablumpkin says: Aug 18, 2012 11:49 PM

    What really who goes to rehab for smoking maryjuana that’s just unheard of lol

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