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Tyrann Mathieu won’t play football in 2012

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As if it needed any additional confirmation, a close family member of Tyrann Mathieu has confirmed to ESPN.com that the former LSU All-American cornerback will not play football at any level in 2012.

“Tyrann is focused on addressing his issues with Mr. Lucas,” Tyrone Mathieu told the website. “(Lucas’) story speaks for itself. He can help Tyrann and he can help our family.”

“Mr. Lucas” is John Lucas, the former NBA star whose career was nearly derailed by drugs and who subsequently opened a nationally renowned rehab facility based in Houston.

The 2011 Heisman finalist and Bednarik winner was dismissed by the Tigers earlier this month for what was subsequently reported as “repeated violations of LSU’s substance abuse policy for athletes.”  A week after his dismissal, it was reported that Mathieu had entered a rehab program, which the player had confirmed through various tweets from his Twitter.

Following a visit to McNeese State shortly after his dismissal, and with his name connected to at least a couple of other FCS-level programs, it was reported that Mathieu wanted to sit out the 2012 and pursue for a potential return to LSU.

While Mathieu was dismissed, the school’s policy allows for a potential return, although it remains unclear whether the football program will be interested in a Honey Badger v2.0.

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11 Responses to “Tyrann Mathieu won’t play football in 2012”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: Aug 23, 2012 6:11 PM

    As I posted earlier, Tyrann is doing what is best for himself at this time. John Lucas offered his “father” (uncle) his facility in Houston to help Tyrann detox and get a new mind set, which is most important.

    Any future Tyrann has in football, college or pro, is dependent upon his making it through Lucas’ program over the next months. From all reports from within LSU and those close to the program, Tyrann does not have a future at LSU. I wish Tyrann well in his pursuit of sobriety and mental and emotional healing.

  2. roundup5 says: Aug 23, 2012 6:52 PM

    As soon as he gets reunited with his “brothers”, look for a
    relapse. I hope not but, history says otherwise.

  3. suprmous says: Aug 23, 2012 9:48 PM

    Update: Tyrann’s doin great at Rehab. Hes admitted to his mistakes and has also stated that he wants to get his life together and concentrate on the positive things in life. He has said over and over that he appreciates those that have shown concern and said prayers for him and his family. And as one of those friends I want to say thank you as well. When he gets thru with Rehab you’re goin to see a new man and quite frankly I believe you’re goin to see one that’s more dedicated to doin whatever it takes to have his life on the straight and narrow. As for his love for the game, it’s still there and he’s hopin that he’ll be able to play again. I concur with that because with his God given talent it doesn’t need to go to waste. Contrary to popular belief Tyrann’s a good kid and he’s goin to prove himself worthy. Gatorsnapper, thanks for all the nice things you’ve said and please do tell southernpatriots my thoughts and prayers are with them and their’s.

  4. rawgator06 says: Aug 23, 2012 11:48 PM

    Has anything other than weed been confirmed? If its just marijuana, hes wasting a spot in a rehabilitation facility

  5. alligatorsnapper says: Aug 23, 2012 11:54 PM

    suprmous:

    Will do.

    rawgator06: Nothing else confirmed.

    John Lucas invited Tyrann to his facility so obviously Lucas thought he was worth it and worth the extensive amount of personal time he has spent with Tyrann counseling and encouraging him since he arrived in Houston. You can email or telephone John Lucas to let him know you think “hes wasting a spot” in his rehab facility.

  6. craigmaitland says: Aug 24, 2012 1:13 AM

    Totally love that he is trying to get himself fixed up.. Not sure how taking football away from him will help him. Can’t play and stay clean with help? Seems like football could be a helpful distraction.

  7. inconsonance says: Aug 24, 2012 4:12 AM

    “You can email or telephone John Lucas to let him know you think “hes wasting a spot” in his rehab facility.”

    If you’ve got his contact info handy, hook me up. I’d rather see someone with a real problem get the help they need instead of Brent Musberger’s latest on-air verbal fellatio target that is only doing this so he doesn’t have to go to McInbred State Junior College, and I’ll gladly tell this Lucas moron just that and then some.

  8. gusto181 says: Aug 24, 2012 9:58 AM

    The rumor is that he “might” return to LSU to next year, that’s if they would even take the chance on him. None the less, the rumor exists. Here is what I want to know: if this was a non-student athlete, much less a Heisman finalists, would they even consider letting a regular student come back after being kicked out due to student violations of the ethics code? Or even substance abuse? Not unless he could make the school millions.

  9. spkstruth2power says: Aug 24, 2012 6:45 PM

    just another druggie…..say goodbye to your NFL career, dood

  10. marcinhouston says: Aug 25, 2012 11:08 PM

    If he was a regular student he would not be subject to random drug testing and he would only get kicked out if he flunked classes.

  11. tigersgeaux says: Aug 26, 2012 12:00 AM

    marcinhouston: Great point. However, it appears some folks would rather not hear truth.

    inconsonance:

    You do not disappoint. You continually try to live up to your alias. I had no difficulty finding John Lucas’ drug rehabilitation center in Houston contact information on the Internet. Are you lazy, or just a blowhard. Call John. If they do let nuts talk to John, I am sure he will tell you it is none of your business.

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