And, with this, we can make the closing of the book on a Honey Badger return to LSU officially official.
According to WAFB in Baton Rouge, four former members of the LSU football program — Tyrann Mathieu, Jordan Jefferson, Karnell Hatcher, and Derrick Bryant — were arrested Thursday by Baton Rouge Police Department officers on marijuana-related charges.
Mathieu and Jefferson were charged with simple possession of marijuana, while Hatcher was charged with second-offense possession of marijuana. Bryant is facing the most significant charge — possession with intent to distribute.
BRPD officers found seven bags of what the police report described as “high-grade marijuana” in a backpack belonging to Bryant. Three other bags of the high-grade weed were found in the apartment, although it’s unclear whose residence it was. The police’s knock on the door was answered by Mathieu.
The 2010 All-American was dismissed by the Tigers in August of this year after what was reportedly multiple failed drug tests. He had enrolled in a substance-abuse program after his dismissal and subsequently re-enrolled at LSU.
Mathieu was also the subject of a recent Sports Illustrated “expose'” which intimated potential impermissible benefits received by the player may have put his eligibility in jeopardy had he attempted a return to the Tigers.
With this latest development, Mathieu’s eligibility is, for all intents and purposes, a moot point.