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Ex-Tigers Mathieu, Jefferson released from jail

Ex LSU Players Arrested Football AP

Yesterday, Tyrann Mathieu was one of four former LSU players arrested by Baton Rouge Police Department officers on marijuana-related charges. The latest problem officially eliminated any talk — realistic or not — of Mathieu ever returning to LSU as a football player —  or as a football player at the collegiate level for that matter.

On Friday, Mathieu, former quarterback Jordan Jefferson and former defensive back Derrick Bryant were released from jail while Karnell Hatcher remained behind bars.

It’s certainly not a place where you want your ex-players gathered or involved,” LSU coach Les Miles said of the situation. Police said in an incident report that they found a marijuana grinder, digital scale and 10 bags of high grade pot.

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).

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34 Responses to “Ex-Tigers Mathieu, Jefferson released from jail”
  1. dumbpollack says: Oct 26, 2012 6:36 PM

    Dude better hit the bong a little less and the weights a little more. Not impressed.

  2. dumbpollack says: Oct 26, 2012 6:38 PM

    College age kid with LOTS of time on his hands looking to get into the NFL? Doesn’t pass the eye test for me!

  3. imaduffer says: Oct 26, 2012 6:41 PM

    “they found a marijuana grinder” is that like a po boy or sub sandwich?

  4. cometkazie says: Oct 26, 2012 7:15 PM

    I better go hide my digital scale . . .

  5. 808raiderinparadise says: Oct 26, 2012 7:17 PM

    JaMarcus Russell bailed them out fast!!!!!!!!!

  6. dumbpollack says: Oct 26, 2012 7:24 PM

    What’s the over/under on how long before the Jefferson kid is in the state pen? My guess is 1 year.

  7. choppa2lis says: Oct 26, 2012 7:35 PM

    remember les miles allowing snoop dogg to hang out with the team , snoop doggs weed smoking influence took effect. doesnt snoop dogg have a house in baton rouge still with no limit records with master p? maybe snoop dogg is the supplier

  8. smackingfools says: Oct 26, 2012 7:41 PM

    At least he got some ‘street cred!’ Now, go make a rap album!

  9. Slim Charles says: Oct 26, 2012 7:48 PM

    How great that they got this dangerous criminal off of the street. Sad that the BS drug laws in this country ruined the career of a guy who just wanted to harmlessly get blazed in his spare time. A bunch of dudes sitting in an apartment smoking, wow it’s the case of the century.

    I’m sure if Mathieu would have beaten up his girlfriend they would have found a way to keep him on the team, like Chris Rainey at Florida.

  10. tg1896 says: Oct 26, 2012 8:53 PM

    Imagine that! College kids smoking dope. What’s the world coming to?

  11. rolltide510 says: Oct 26, 2012 9:54 PM

    I’ve heard so many people declare that this ends any hope Mathieu has of ever playing football again. As if no FCS school in the country will give him a chance under any circumstances due to a single marijuana arrest.

    Janoris Jenkins was arrested three times, including a time where the police had to taze him, and he’s starting on an NFL team (we’ll put aside the fact he’s 10x the player Mathieu is for sake of discussion).

  12. saintcasey says: Oct 26, 2012 9:59 PM

    I know that the only reason this story has wheels is because of Tyrann Mathieu, but as a Tigers fan, I would much rather see that mf’er Jordan Jefferson in cuffs. It would make me feel better considering how he (and Les) pissed away a perfect national championship season.

  13. cometkazie says: Oct 26, 2012 10:01 PM

    RollTide, a lot of people have opinions and express them here ad nauseum.

    Credibility is another issue.

  14. clemsonstillsucks says: Oct 26, 2012 10:37 PM

    I gotta say I’m kinda with tg1896…but the nail that sticks up gets hammered down.

    I’m sure the po-po had no idea any of these guys were associated with the LSU football squad before they raided their apartment….

    High profile busts result in two things: more funding, and a pay raise.

  15. Deb says: Oct 26, 2012 11:34 PM

    @cometkazie and rolltide510 …

    The way everyone talked, I thought he had some serious drug issue. If a little pot is his only problem, his arrest is less an obstacle to an NFL career than his height–and he can overcome that. I still hope the kid can turn it around and get into the league.

  16. infrno says: Oct 27, 2012 12:04 AM

    @ Deb

    Up until now his team problems have stemmed from synthetic “weed”. This is the first confirmed affiliation with anything else. That’s not to say that the synthetic crap is any better, it’s actually much worse, but it was also completely legal until fairly recently.

    My problem with it is his stupidity. I’m not worried about his height, he’s never going to be a great cover corner. There is no denying his ability to impact a game. Only the fool SEC-haters here would ever claim otherwise (and they continue to prove their inherent stupidity by doing just that).

    Name me a single instance where a team was dropped in the pre-season rankings and had the official ranking postponed due to a junior defensive player being released. I doubt it’s EVER happened. (That wasn’t directed at you, but at the morons).

  17. vincentbojackson says: Oct 27, 2012 12:25 AM

    This story isn’t about “college kids smoking dope”. It’s about “one dope” throwing away a multi-million dollar career because the inability to make better life choices.

  18. dmcgrann says: Oct 27, 2012 12:28 AM

    rolltide510 said:

    I’ve heard so many people declare that this ends any hope Mathieu has of ever playing football again. As if no FCS school in the country will give him a chance under any circumstances due to a single marijuana arrest.

    I agree with “no FCS school in the country will give him a chance”, but that’s not the same as “any” FCS school.

    His FCS opportunities are severely limited.

  19. Deb says: Oct 27, 2012 12:32 AM


    Don’t mean to sound as though I’m making light of any substance-abuse issue. Just think pot belongs in the same legal category with alcohol. Yes, Mathieu’s made bad decisions, but especially after reading southernpatriots’ account of how this arrest came about, I’d hate to see him lose his career because of something relatively minor.

    The reason the smack-talkers are so quick to jump on every negative thread about an SEC team is old-fashioned envy. If they think they have any fewer pot-smokers on their campuses, they’re bigger fools than they seem.

  20. Deb says: Oct 27, 2012 12:36 AM

    @vincentbojackson …

    Do you know anything about this kid’s upbringing? I was raised in an environment that taught me how to make good decisions. Even so, I’ve made my share of screwups. A lot of kids didn’t grow up with model for how to make wise decisions or how to choose your friends or how to rise above your environment. When you read about what childhood was like for, say, Dez Bryant, it’s a miracle the guy is functioning.

  21. thraiderskin says: Oct 27, 2012 12:56 AM

    So Deb… Am I to understand that this kids string of f’ups isn’t something an NFL team would be very concerned about? I can understand all the “progressives” backing his obsession with a non-addictive drug (of course he can’t seem to stop doing it, no matter the cost), but NFL teams are worried about guys who can’t stay on the field, for whatever reason. So yeah, NFL teams will probably drop this kid to the end, or completely off their draft boards. Another thing, it doesn’t matter where he was raised. The kid has eyes, he knows there are negative consequence for very poor choices. Let’s not act like he is completely blind to what is right and wrong. That is my big issue with you leftists, you run around these situations, crying for the unfortunate, like they aren’t smart enough to figure out the basics on their own. I’m sure Honey Badger was very much aware that smoking weed and getting caught would have a negative outcome for him. If not, I’m sure your homeboy Darwin would suggest a more effective outcome for his inability to adapt.

  22. jonanthans says: Oct 27, 2012 1:05 AM

    If Janoris Jenkins, Lawrence Phillips, Adam Jones, etc etc have proven anything, the NFL does not care about these issues if you can be a playmaker on the field. TM is a playmaker, and someone will give him a chance in the NFL, be it as late-round pick or as an UFA….bet on it..

  23. Deb says: Oct 27, 2012 1:09 AM

    @thraiderskin …

    I have no idea what you are ranting about, but my church meets four hours a week and I teach Sunday school. How about you? I don’t have time for bigots, whether they are making sweeping generalizations about someone’s race, gender, age, religion, region of the country, or perceived political ideology. A fool is a fool.

    I have never posted anything suggesting that NFL teams would not be bothered by a player dealing with a current substance-abuse problem, regardless of the substance. What did you say about Mathieu? He has eyes? Well, you have brains, don’t you? Surely you know we were talking about what opportunities he might have if he cleans up his act. Duh.

  24. goldtoothbiscuits says: Oct 27, 2012 1:16 AM

    Honey Badger needs to transfer to somewhere like Western KY.

  25. pdcooper08 says: Oct 27, 2012 4:08 AM

    Vontaze Burfict, as selfish and defiant as they come in College, as well, he was a coach killer.

    Went undrafted this year because of that. Now he seems to be doing pretty well for himself?

    Just goes to show you that their will always be somone in the NFL that will give these troubled types a chance.

    I’m sure the Honey Badger will at some point find his way and get his chance.

  26. cranespy says: Oct 27, 2012 8:07 AM

    It’s not the act…’s the decision making. Fresh off of turning the tide of public opinion around after the dismissal, then to earn an SI cover while sitting out a season…..he let’s it go up in smoke. He is just another in a long line of athletes who lack the ability to make responsible decisions. It’s the star culture of entitlement that so many learn at a young age. His only hope is a barnstorm career in the Arena League or life north of the border in the CFL. Guess Les summed it up best in that sideline interview after the win over South Carolina…..”this is the place where dreams come to die.”

  27. jburrell4 says: Oct 27, 2012 8:51 AM

    The Lions will call. They missed out on Janoris but won’t let the honey badger escape.

  28. redstar504 says: Oct 27, 2012 9:08 AM

    @cranespy if you think Tyrann Mathieu is not going to get a shot in the NFL your crazy. He has way too much god given talent for him to go undrafted. He is a smaller version of Patrick Peterson with a lot more swagger. The NFL has proved time and again it will for right or wrong overlook character issues if a player has talent and can make plays. This kid can do all that. The question is how far he tumbles. If he lasts into the 3rd round some team will get tremendous value with that pick.

    The best thing for this kid would be to get as far away from Louisiana as can be. I would love to see the Saints get him but he needs to get away from NOLA so he can grow and get away from all bad influences he has as surrounded him self with.

    At the end of the day this guy has the talent to make a difference in the NFL and someone is going to draft him, like it or not.

  29. thraiderskin says: Oct 27, 2012 11:44 AM

    My apologies Deb, my “rant” was in response to what you wrote to vincentbojackson. I must have missunderstood where you were going with it. To me, I thought you were making the sweeping generalization of his upbringing being why he doesn’t know right from wrong. At the time, it came off, to me, like the same BS I hear from a certain portion of the population on why we should give people so many chances. My bad.

  30. majbobby says: Oct 27, 2012 12:07 PM

    If anything he is gonna have to work hard as an UDFA to get in the NFL. Name me one NFL team that will use a draft choice on a kid with a history of off-field problems that has not played football because of them the year before the draft.

  31. wabbitslayer says: Oct 27, 2012 12:30 PM

    This shouldn’t surprise anyone, really. A one-month “rehab” program for anyone with a substance abuse problem is a joke. Rehab takes at least six, more like 12 months, and then that will fail if the person goes back to the same environment, same “friends”, same activities…

    Not saying it isn’t his fault, but if you looked at his situation a few months ago from the standpoint of him needing help…he still does.

  32. Deb says: Oct 27, 2012 2:02 PM

    @thraiderskin …

    Thank you. I’m not saying he shouldn’t know right from wrong–or that he should get extra chances. Most people only get one or two. But several years ago, I lived most of four years in a ghetto overseas in a guerilla war environment. It gave me a different perspective on children that grow up in squalor with kids or drunks as parents, or no parents at all.

    Some people, if you’d taken them out of that place and given them a chance, would have made it. But others would never have made it no matter how many chances they got. They didn’t have the smarts or the common sense to grab a life preserver if it was thrown to them. No one ever taught them how to think rationally. They were always being pulled back by the only thing they knew … old places, old friends, old habits, mind-numbing substances. The had no positive mentors or role models, no real education. Any small success would be enough to send them spinning out of control.

    It’s a sad cycle. Ultimately, they’re responsible for their own lives and have to pay the consequences for their actions just like everyone else. Inconsistent players like Dez Bryant drive me nuts, too, and I’m critical of him. But I understand why guys like that have issues.

  33. patfic15 says: Oct 27, 2012 3:17 PM

    “BRB”- First words upon leaving.

  34. vicksprman says: Nov 1, 2012 11:04 PM

    Love your perspective Deb, this is just a typical college kid who has great athletic ability other then that we would never have heard of this situation. Moving in with Patrick Peterson’s family hopefully will be an eye opener when he sees what Peterson’s ability has enabled him to do for his family.

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