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Updated: Mathieu family responds to SI article

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The story of former LSU starting cornerback Tyrann Mathieu continues to be weaved in off-the-field issues. Mathieu was dismissed from the team in August for what turned out to be multiple violations of the team’s substance abuse policy. However, less than a month later, and after a stint in drug rehab, Mathieu, affectionately known as the Honey Badger, enrolled in classes at LSU. While Mathieu won’t play football for the Tigers this year, Les Miles has hinted that, perhaps, a return to the team is possible in 2013 (though Miles later clarified those comments)

Thanks to a recent feature on Mathieu from Sports Illustrated, a return to the football team — if there’s a return — could be a cloudy process. The article alleges Mathieu engaged in impermissible promotional activities — namely involving a group called New Era of which Mathieu was a member — among other things.

Below is more from the SI piece; you can read the entire feature HERE.

But what’s good for Era Nation may not be helping Mathieu. Several of the Era Nation videos promote events at a Baton Rouge club called The Palace. One in particular encourages viewers to attend an Era Nation party at the club on March 10, 2012. Mathieu appears in the video, and an event promoter says “the whole LSU football team” will be there. A flyer for the party has two photographs of Mathieu in his LSU jersey and describes the event as an “Era Nation Album Release Party For Tyrann Mathieu.” It also features photographs of former LSU standout Mo Claiborne and current LSU sophomore defensive tackle Anthony Johnson, who are listed as the party’s hosts. Johnson denied any involvement; Clairborne says he was aware of the party but did not attend.

In another video Mathieu is on stage at The Palace in front of a large crowd, using a microphone to talk about the club’s chicken wings and fries. Somebody closely affiliated with the club told SI that Mathieu received access to the club’s VIP area. “Every time he came, we let all the football players, like his teammates, in for free,” said the person. He added that Mathieu knew his photo would be used on the promotional flyer for the March 10 party. He identified Johnson and other LSU football players as visitors who received special treatment. Johnson declined to comment about receiving any benefits.

Such activities could affect Mathieu’s eligibility for rejoining the LSU team. As John Infante of Bylaw Blog writes, LSU needs to make a decision soon as to whether it wants to try to reinstate Mathieu to the team because of the lengthy reinstatement process it would likely take to get him cleared in light of these allegations.

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Updated 8:45 p.m. ET: The family of Tyann Mathieu has responded to the Sports Illustrated article that includes allegations that the former LSU cornerback engaged in impermissible promotional activities. 

“They called from blocked numbers repeatedly, asking me why I was dodging them,” Tyrone Mathieu told WVUE-Fox 8. “They came to my home and that of my elderly mother on multiple occasions.”

“They twisted things and cobbled together details from past articles because we wouldn’t sit down with them,” Sheila Mathieu told FOX 8 Sports. “We have always believed in being a tight-knit family. God first, family second, work and school third. That’s what Tyrann is doing now, and he’s on an avenue to success, making good grades and putting his life in order.”

You can read more of what Mathieu’s family had to say here courtesy of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

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  1. ajonesmc931 says: Oct 16, 2012 1:08 PM

    Uh oh LSU ab to go down

  2. normtide says: Oct 16, 2012 1:18 PM

    The only way to stop these “infractions”, that occur at every school, is to put all players on lock down. That sorta goes against the whole free country thing. College football is mainly a minor league for the NFL. The schools don’t mind the money that goes along with it, but want to pretend their hands are clean in the process. The NCAA rule book should reflect the fact it is a minor league, or make sweeping changes, regardless of the money lost. Either way, stop sitting on the fence and punishing kids while getting rich(er) off of them.

  3. xtremesportsmaniac says: Oct 16, 2012 1:20 PM

    What a waste he is such an incredible talent.

    These accustations would be the death penalty for Boise State but this is LSU we are talking about.

  4. pacific123ocean says: Oct 16, 2012 2:00 PM

    This is a non-story. It happens at nearly every college.

  5. southernpatriots says: Oct 16, 2012 2:04 PM

    Ben:

    Most certainly, no disrespect, but please quote Miles even implying that Tyrann would be able to return to the LSU Tiger Football team at any time in the future. From all reports I have read, all transcripts of press conferences he never said anything similar.

    When asked about Tyrann, Miles said he wished him well in his future endeavors in whatever he chose to do, but Miles did not imply nor should it have been inferred by the media there that he said Tyrann was invited, nor would be accepted, back to the Tigers. A few days later when the media continued this line of faulty reporting and conjecture, Miles clarified it again.

  6. infrno says: Oct 16, 2012 2:35 PM

    Death penalty? Drama much? This is nothing but a hypocritical institution having ridiculous rules over kids that they make millions per school per year off of.

  7. infrno says: Oct 16, 2012 2:37 PM

    @normtide – bingo

  8. thraiderskin says: Oct 16, 2012 2:57 PM

    hmmm….? How interesting things can get in a hurry. It seem like only yesterday that schools like Ohio State, USC and Miami were ever involved in “impermissible benefits.” Now, I’m hearing how this goes on everywhere and it is the system’s fault for making money off these “kids.”

    Personally, I hope LSU doesn’t get in trouble for this. I am with many people who thinks a little tit for tat is in order for these money generating student-athletes. I don’t know what the final outcome of this will be, but best of luck to LSU and their fans.

  9. mogogo1 says: Oct 16, 2012 3:24 PM

    The NCAA didn’t bat an eye about the miraculous 3-week drug rehab (“Get stoned this morning and we’ll have you cured by bedtime!”), yet appearing in a video for a club will bring the hammer down?

  10. packerbadger says: Oct 16, 2012 3:56 PM

    This guy will have zero future in the NFL. Have seen it many times. People who screw up in college tend to have their problems follow them. I called this before, but all the “poor honey badger” folks whined at me saying they’d pray for me or some krap like that.

  11. tlmoon2112 says: Oct 16, 2012 3:56 PM

    Starting to wonder if the NCAA and Roger Goodell are sleeping together.

  12. southernpatriots says: Oct 16, 2012 3:58 PM

    mogog01:

    Are you stupid or willingly ignorant?

    The NCAA has no jurisdiction or interest at this time in Tyrann’s rehab. The NCAA has never become involved in this matter. It was always a LSU matter and a Football Dept. matter, never NCAA.

    He is currently still in rehab, Phase 3.

    Contact John Lucas in Houston for further info.

    John Lucas never mentioned anything “miraculous” about Tyrann’s rehab, but he did say Tyrann was working hard and was very compliant in the program.

  13. imaduffer says: Oct 16, 2012 4:09 PM

    Honey Badger working at Micky-D, ” would you like to super size that order of chicken wings and fries?”

  14. ldfontenot says: Oct 16, 2012 4:21 PM

    If ever there is a kid ripe for exploitation it is Matthieu; by his “friends”, by the media, by his own sorry biological mother and father. How he’s managed to make it to this p0int without jail or death is due to his adoptive parents. The authors of the article have stopped pretty low to write past articles, and I don’t have much respect for them. TM has an excuse for his dubious reputation, they don’t. Still, i hope that TM will find the strenght to overcome all he has to face to become a productive member of society first, and a great baller second.

  15. buckeye1nation says: Oct 16, 2012 4:40 PM

    @ldfontenot: How does he have an excuse for drug use? This guy was given the opportunity to play football at one of the top football schools in the country AND get a free education at the same time and he smoked it all away. HE chose to get stoned, no one else chose for him.

  16. emeraldcityfan says: Oct 16, 2012 4:44 PM

    OK after reading that SI story all i got out of it was:
    1. Tyrann likes chronic.
    2. Tyrann likes to go out and party like any other college kid his age.
    3. Tyrann’s mom really likes guys with food nicknames. Why she left cornbread for Pork and Beans we’ll never know.

    All joking aside, he seems like a good kid who just got caught up with people trying to use him for his celebrity. This has happened to sports stars before honey badger, and it will continue to happen long after him.

  17. foreverlsu says: Oct 16, 2012 4:47 PM

    packerbadger says:Oct 16, 2012 3:56 PM

    This guy will have zero future in the NFL. Have seen it many times. People who screw up in college tend to have their problems follow them. I called this before, but all the “poor honey badger” folks whined at me saying they’d pray for me or some krap like that.
    ______________________

    @packerbadger, where have you been my bitter friend? Haven’t seen you here since Wisconsin and the Little Ten started sucking in …Week 2. I guess you couldn’t resist to comment about a story about Mathieu to tell us you told us so.

    Why don’t you worry about your own miserable life instead of wishing misery on others?

    Oh yeah, I’m still praying for you. Don’t hate!

  18. secrules says: Oct 16, 2012 5:12 PM

    Phase 3 of what rehabilitation program involves the addict actively hanging out in the VIP section of a club/bar/pub or whatever? He hasn’t been rehabilitated, he has just reloaded.

  19. dg0122 says: Oct 16, 2012 5:28 PM

    cheating by L$U???Say it aint so…next thing you know they will ask Barkevious Mingo who is paying for that new Charger with 55 inch rims…

  20. infrno says: Oct 16, 2012 5:28 PM

    You morons can’t read very well. Look again at the date of the damned party.

  21. tigersgeaux says: Oct 16, 2012 6:38 PM

    infrno:

    Thank you for addressing the illiterate group here on this thread. First, Ben repeats the blatant lies of the media in Baton Rouge which dreamed up this whole lie about Miles wanting or allowing Tyrann to return to play for the Tigers, then a group of bloggers jumps to the conclusion that he is doing this now, instead of attending classes and continuing in rehab.

    It must be a very slow news day to have this story which is filled with past incidents and lies from media. That’s the story?

  22. mogogo1 says: Oct 16, 2012 6:49 PM

    southernpatriots says:

    mogog01:

    Are you stupid or willingly ignorant?
    _______________

    I’ll turn that around to you. If you think the rehab stint was anything other than somebody trying to pave the way to get him reinstated with the team, you’re kidding yourself. No, the NCAA has no jurisdiction in that matter, but maybe they should as transparent as it was.

    First off, how’d he get into that program basically instantly? There’s plenty of addiction problems around and you always hear about huge waiting lists for treatment. Somebody pulled some strings to get him in and/or forked over the cash for the bill. Your kid or mine ends up getting locked in his room trying to keep him clean until an opening in a program like that comes up. Lucky break Honey Badger gets a spot instantly and completes 2 steps of a 3 step program in a couple of weeks.

    Bottom line is this kid is a screw-up, but worse than that is that nobody gives a darn about these guys. The NCAA only cares when they think somebody is making money other than themselves and everything else is just a game to try and keep guys like this eligible.

  23. Deb says: Oct 16, 2012 7:52 PM

    This is so wrong on so many levels. First, this young man is not currently associated with the football team in any way. So it’s wrong to associate any of this with the football team and it’s also wrong for Sports Illustrated to be doing some sort of “exposé” that could jeopardize his efforts to rejoin the team in the future.

    But more important, Mathieu no longer has the protection of the LSU Athletic Department to help guard him from the kind of vultures that are always trying to use popular athletes to promote their businesses. These businesses don’t care if they ruin an athlete’s future career. These people are using this young man at a time when he is vulnerable. It’s not against NCAA rules for him to appear in this promotional material because he’s not a member of the team. But it could hurt his efforts to return with the team when he’s eligible.

    This is a KID–one who came from a difficult background and doesn’t necessarily understand when he’s being manipulated by parasites. He needs someone to look out for his interests, but since he’s no longer with the team, he no longer has anyone to act on his behalf. It’s a sad situation.

  24. goodellsadouche says: Oct 16, 2012 8:47 PM

    Major College athletes get VIP status in clubs!?? When did this start????

  25. southernpatriots says: Oct 16, 2012 10:01 PM

    mogogo1:

    I see you are willingly ignorant. This matter has been hashed out here on CFT and through social media and all over the news for now many weeks. If you were paying attention, you would have learned that John Lucas telephoned Tyrann’s uncle (adoptive parent) and spoke at length with him and offered his rehab facility and the expertise of his staff and himself for Tyrann. Then John Lucas personally oversaw Tyrann’s resident rehab at his facility and then continued with onsite visitations and counseling and that continues to this moment.

    The Mathieu’s did not telephone or solicit John Lucas nor his facility. John Lucas pursued Tyrann. You can telephone John and his staff at his Houston rehab facility and interview them on the matter, if you don’t believe their previous public statements on the matter.

    Read Deb’s posting for a good summation of the situation.

    You and others here on this blog and others before it would rather jump to conclusions and post inanity, rather than learn the facts and truth and be established in it.

    It is likely that none posting such criticisms of Tyrann on this blog, as well as others, were abandoned by your birth mother as a baby and left on the streets. None of your fathers are serving time in prison.

    Seeing his nephew abandoned by his mother and father and as a small child on the mean streets of the inner city of New Orleans, his uncle and aunt brought Tyrann in and eventually adopted him.

  26. mogogo1 says: Oct 16, 2012 10:30 PM

    southernpatriots says:
    Oct 16, 2012 10:01 PM
    mogogo1:

    I see you are willingly ignorant. This matter has been hashed out here on CFT and through social media and all over the news for now many weeks. If you were paying attention, you would have learned that John Lucas telephoned Tyrann’s uncle (adoptive parent) and spoke at length with him and offered his rehab facility and the expertise of his staff and himself for Tyrann. Then John Lucas personally oversaw Tyrann’s resident rehab at his facility and then continued with onsite visitations and counseling and that continues to this moment.

    ______________________

    You say as if that’s such a great thing. From my perspective, looking beyond the small world of college football, it’s actually pretty sad. How many other kids would love to have the opportunity for college but can’t go while this guy gets free rides thrown at him? How many regular kids have substance abuse problems and can’t get into a program AT ALL while John Lucas bends over backwards to help this kid…and pick up some free publicity for himself at the same time.

    Not ignorance… realism. The whole system is a disaster. It chews up and spits out these kids. Nobody cares if they get an education, nobody cares if they have any job prospects after their playing days are done. And the second it’s clear there’s no possibility of him helping them out any more, Les Miles and John Lucas won’t acknowledge knowing who this kid is. Sad, but true.

  27. Deb says: Oct 17, 2012 12:22 AM

    @mogogo1 …

    So what’s your answer? Tyrann Mathieu’s uncle should tell this benefactor “no thanks” and reject the offer of rehab because other kids don’t get the same opportunity? Gee … that makes sense.

    Yes, let’s be realistic. Good money paid for my education but the university didn’t really care if I had any job prospects after graduation. My professors didn’t sit around worrying how I was doing once I left their classrooms. Les Miles is their coach for two-four years. He didn’t take them to raise. And that wouldn’t be any different if Tyrann had earned an academic scholarship rather than an athletic scholarship.

    Is the system flawed? Yes. But schools and coaches can only do so much.

  28. infrno says: Oct 17, 2012 12:34 AM

    If you’re really worried about these “poor kids”, PAY THEM. The fact is, most of them don’t have any real prospects outside of sports, wouldn’t even be attending a university if not for same, and won’t be curing cancer when they graduate. This utopian crap about “helping the children” is utter nonsense. But hey, I’m sure it helps you sleep at night, for whatever that’s worth to them.

  29. infrno says: Oct 17, 2012 12:47 AM

    @tigersgeaux

    I will say this, I firmly believe that Les would allow him back next year provided he stays clean. The staff here love him, and from my understanding they could have administered his punishment one of three ways (and for the chuckleheads, I’ll repeat that these were team violations and had nothing to do with the NCAA. In other words, if LSU wanted to, they could have changed their internal policy and kept him on the team. ) – 1. suspend him for 1 year, period. He would not have even had the opportunity to play for a lower tiered team because they wouldn’t have actually released him. 2. release him as ineligible, which would have meant that he could not have played for anyone this season, but could have potentially played somewhere else in 2013. 3. release him as eligible (which they did), which would have enabled him to play immediately for a Div. 2 (FCS) team. They (LSU) chose to allow him to play for an FCS team this season, and Matthieu chose not to do that.

  30. soflosportsfan says: Oct 17, 2012 1:14 AM

    INteresting, as a UM fan I will not deny the accusations made against us. I believe MOST(not all) of them happened. But if you f***s are calling for swift/harsh penalties all you have to do is look in the mirror. All of this shit happens everywhere is just so happens we got caught. Until an SEC school gets caught AND PENALIZED(yes Cam Newton was guilty like OJ) there will be no justice in the NCAAF

  31. theknightswhosay says: Oct 17, 2012 6:13 AM

    “Uh oh LSU ab to go down”

    Right, for NOT playing a player who might have become ineligible in the offseason.

  32. alligatorsnapper says: Oct 17, 2012 6:33 AM

    This is old news which is not current. Slow news?

    A story on the make-shift offensive line of LSU with a couple of rookies and an “old man” anchoring it that thwarted the Gamecocks defense all game. That is a story.

    theknightswhosay: That is a good one! (Some of the comments on this blog are so absurd, I wonder what reality these guys and gals live in?)

  33. normtide says: Oct 17, 2012 8:42 AM

    Tyrann is a none story, he is not with the team. Johnson is the story, if there is one. The NCAA odd like the mafia, if a player is promoting something, they want a cut. If LSU plays Johnson this weekend, they feel he is in the clear, if he don’t play, then LSU fans may have a reason to worry. The NCAA wants to control the money flow from these kids. What makes me question the SI reporting is, it sounds like the club source laid things out just like the NCAA doesn’t want to hear it. Like they were either coached what to say, or para phrased.

  34. dmvtransplant says: Oct 17, 2012 9:45 AM

    @ southernpatriots

    I’m not trying to start an argument, but drug tests results from a student-athlete is covered by the NCAA right? You said earlier they weren’t I wasn’t sure if that was true or not?

  35. foreverlsu says: Oct 17, 2012 10:05 AM

    Let’s see. Tyrann Mathieu may have eligibility problems for allowing his picture to be displayed at a night club but it’s okay for SI to paste his picture on a cover to sell magazines nationwide?

    Makes perfect sense to me.

    Not trying to start anything with Bama fans but want to ask how is this different for Anthony Johnson than what happened with the Alabama players at Tuscaloosa Menswear? When Johnson found out his picture was advertised, he requested that they remove it – just like Alabama did with the cease and desist request to the store.

  36. packerbadger says: Oct 17, 2012 10:05 AM

    foreverlsu says:
    @packerbadger, where have you been my bitter friend? Haven’t seen you here since Wisconsin and the Little Ten started sucking in …Week 2. I guess you couldn’t resist to comment about a story about Mathieu to tell us you told us so.

    Why don’t you worry about your own miserable life instead of wishing misery on others?

    Oh yeah, I’m still praying for you. Don’t hate!
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    LOLOL!! My life is great! packerbadger is definitely NO honeybadger! I got a great carreer and education that doesn’t involve saying “want fries with that”! I was also an NCAA All-American; so I know the warning and meetings after meeting about not getting into trouble that these guys go thru. For the LSU players that don’t make the pro’s….which will be 99%, they’ll be working for the Wisconsin grads. I DID tell you so! Sorry to rot you to the core with that. Seems your state has a problem with corruption and following rules, etc (Ie Saints and LSU). I never said I wished misery on others. I said he had the world and then he peed it away. Poor honeybadger gets full scholarship, plenty of great publicity on a national stage, and tens of millions of dollars in the NFL if he doesn’t screw up. Well, he screwed up and people like you are out there defending and making excuses for him. Instead of praying for me, have a bowel movement instead; it will have the same effect and you’ll feel much better!

  37. foreverlsu says: Oct 17, 2012 10:28 AM

    @packerbadger NCAA all-american? Who are you? Wow! Can I get your autograph? Puh-lease!

    Oh, look what I found- the latest graduation rates, which show only a 66% graduation success rate for Wisconsin but 77% for LSU. But don’t let the facts get in the way mr. all american super smart guy. I’ll even supply the link to make it easy for a dumb has been that obviously had too many concussions.

    http://www.tidesport.org/RGRC/2011/2011%20FBS%20Bowl%20Study(FinalFinal).pdf

    Oh, and I just said another prayer that God will have mercy on your miserable sole

  38. packerbadger says: Oct 17, 2012 11:31 AM

    That would be “soul”. I rest my case.

  39. packerbadger says: Oct 17, 2012 11:36 AM

    No, you can’t have my autograph. Heres an apples to apples comparison instead of an apples to oranges comparison that you seem to like to post.
    http://www.beyondusports.com/acc-top-bcs-conference-academic-rankings/

    LSU is not in same academic league as Wisconsin….and you know it. I’ve been thru same meetings and such as honeybadger; that was the point in stating my background. Been there done that. Only difference is, is that I actually graduated from Wis and he won’t graduate from LSU.

  40. saintcasey says: Oct 17, 2012 11:42 AM

    Did anyone read the SI article? Did your heart not break when you read the prison letter quotes from TM to his father??? It’s sad that parents would bring children into this horrible world and burden them with a difficult beginning. The background doesn’t make it ok for TM to do what he has done, but you begin to understand it more. Has anyone here ever wrote a letter to their incarcerated parent? I have not. I have always had two loving and law abiding parents. I could never dream of how that would make me feel or the effect it had on TM. I applaud him for trying to correct his life and if you are wishing failure upon him then shame on you.

  41. monsterright says: Oct 17, 2012 12:16 PM

    The VIP treatment at the club will be bad for LSU. The NCAA has no idea what is happening until something like this brings it to their attention. They were not investigate the U until a booster brought it their attention. They were not investigate tOSU until a tattoo parlor investigation. They were not investigate LSU until a sports illustrated article. If they look under the skirt at any program they will find something. Impermissible benefits cost each program a few scholarships and a 1 year bowl ban. Take it and move on.

  42. foreverlsu says: Oct 17, 2012 12:24 PM

    @packerbadger

    Not sure what math classes you took at Wisconsin but as I recall 77% > 67%. I rest my case.

    You’re the one that started the comparison between LSU and Wisconsin but I guess the facts got in your way …once again.

    Good to see that this story brought you back from hibernation since your Badgers are sucking once again.

  43. foreverlsu says: Oct 17, 2012 12:40 PM

    monsterright says:Oct 17, 2012 12:16 PM

    The VIP treatment at the club will be bad for LSU.
    _____________________

    Seriously? You really think “VIP treatment” only occurs at LSU and the NCAA will penalize? Really?! Come out from under that rock.

    Alabama players signed autographs at Tuscaloosa Menswear for suits and did not even get a slap on the hand.

    This is a secondary violation at best and should be a non-story. In fact, a hack job by an SI writer. Let’s see, it’s mid-October and SI could have run a story on the MLB playoffs in full swing, the NFL in full swing, Peyton Manning’s comeback, etc. but elected instead to put an inactive player on the cover of SI with stale information.

    The SI writer was actually at the LSU-SC game this weekend but could not write a story about one of the best games of the season? Laughable!

  44. Deb says: Oct 17, 2012 1:02 PM

    @soflosportsfan …

    “Until an SEC school gets caught AND PENALIZED”???? Hon, Alabama was shredded by sanctions a few years ago–in part because the school chose incompetent counsel with no courtroom experience and he stipulated to all the accusations without mounting a defense. Where do you get that SEC schools have never been penalized?

    It’s become a sad reality in our society that whenever people lose at anything, they immediately claim the other guys cheated or got a leg up. The successful SEC teams win games because of the quality of their recruiting and the style of football they play. Several teams in other conferences are doing the same thing, and it’s only a matter of time before one of them wins a championship. If you focused more on the game and less on conspiracy theories, you’d figure that out.

  45. Deb says: Oct 17, 2012 1:09 PM

    @foreverlsu …

    After Alabama’s problems a few years ago, they brought in a tough compliance officer. They thoroughly investigated the situation at the menswear store, sent the cease-and-desist, and provided a detailed report to the NCAA. That ended the matter. If the LSU situation is similar, I wouldn’t worry about it no matter what SI says. I’m sure your compliance department has it under control.

  46. normtide says: Oct 17, 2012 1:17 PM

    I ain’t saying LSU will get in any trouble, it really comes down to how the school handles its end. Bama sent a cease letter to the suit outlet, and the NCAA praised how the school handled the situation.

    Second, Tyrann has not made any excuses, not blamed his life for anything. People here should not make them for him. I grew up poor and was always reminded that others had it worse then me. He is actually blessed to have people who do love and care about him. Not to mention God given talent. At the end of the day, he is paying for his mistakes. He does not owe anything to anyone here. He hurt no one but himself and his family. Imo, he is best served of the media, fans, and haters leave him alone and let him do what he feels like he has to.

    Third, he is a kid, this should not define his life. Everyone makes mistakes, and everyone gets to move on from them.

  47. foreverlsu says: Oct 17, 2012 2:12 PM

    Not too concerned about it but disgusted at the SI writer who obviously has an agenda.

    Well said, Deb and normtide. Always respect your opinions. How’s that for a rivalry?

  48. normtide says: Oct 17, 2012 2:24 PM

    The rivalry begins and ends on the field, past that, your just some more of my folks from the south.

    SI had an agenda, no doubt. The quotes sound like the come from a “broke some rules” handbook.

  49. Deb says: Oct 17, 2012 2:36 PM

    @foreverlsu …

    You’re a good guy and LSU is a good team. Of course, I love my team and want to win, but it’s a silly thing to be bitter about. Fortunately bantering with good fans from all the teams offsets the unpleasantness of dealing with the few obsessed crackpot haters ;)

  50. Deb says: Oct 17, 2012 6:07 PM

    Oh my goodness … just noticed the update to this article! Really? They’re harassing a young guy who’s trying to deal with a substance-abuse issue and put his life back together? The Mathieu family aren’t celebrity athletes with press agents to run interference for them. Since he’s no longer on the team, technically Mathieu no longer qualifies as a public figure, and the rules are different for how you cover private citizens. In my opinion, SI really crossed the ethical line here.

  51. monsterright says: Oct 17, 2012 11:23 PM

    foreverlsu says:
    Oct 17, 2012 12:40 PM
    monsterright says:Oct 17, 2012 12:16 PM

    The VIP treatment at the club will be bad for LSU.
    _____________________

    Seriously? You really think “VIP treatment” only occurs at LSU and the NCAA will penalize? Really?! Come out from under that rock.

    Foreverlsu – you did a nice job reading the 1st sentence. Let me help you with some of what I said after that.

    ” If they look under the skirt at any program they will find something.”

    At no time did I even remotely hint at this being an LSU only issue. Next time, after you read the title of a book, don’t claim to understand the story. You risk looking foolish, like your comment here.

  52. suprmous says: Oct 18, 2012 7:57 PM

    Idfontenot, as a friend of Tyrann’s I resent the livin hell out of what you have had to say about his “friends” exploiting him. Those of us who know him, know of how he was brought up and don’t hold it against him, and continue to be at his side admire what hes done to get his life back in order. Pal, it’s people like you that make me want to seek you out and go a few rounds with you face to face. With bein a female I can hang in there with the best of the guys when it comes to defendin my friends in a scrap. Maybe you should be so lucky to have “friends” who’d stand by you if you ever screwed up your life. Anyway, my friend’s makin and has made terrific progress in turnin his life around and it might do you some good to learn a few things from him. One of those things bein how to treat those who truly care about you as a human bein. Damn you, in makin my blood boil with your holier than thou attitude.

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    Sorry southernpatriots bout the spoutin off and bein ugly but it really hurts when folks like this are so shallow and vindictive.

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