Posted April 12, 2013

Report: Tyrann Mathieu told NFL coaches he failed more than 10 drug tests

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Ex-LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu reportedly told NFL teams that he failed more than 10 drug tests in college. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Ex-LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu reportedly told NFL teams that he failed more than 10 drug tests in college. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Former LSU All-American cornerback Tyrann Mathieu is busy preparing himself for the NFL Draft in two weeks by visiting different teams around the league.

And what he has told some teams during those visits may come as a bit of a surprise. When the subject came up about Mathieu’s well-documented drug use at LSU, he was asked by an assistant coach for an unidentified NFL team how many times he failed a drug test in college, which ultimately got him booted from the team before the 2012 season.

According to an assistant coach for the team, Mathieu responded: “I quit counting at 10. I really don’t know,” reports USA Today.

More from USA Today:

The coach, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to comment about the evaluation, doesn’t dump all of the blame on Mathieu. He points a finger at LSU.

“If he flunked 10 tests before they suspended him, it shows that he got no kind of help,” the coach said.

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10 comments
GD94134
GD94134

LSU should have sent Tyrann through a substance abuse program after the first failure.Ten consecutive flunks is a clear indication LSU prioritized Football first, substance abuse last.The NCAA should take a close look at the way they run there program.

Jean
Jean

OF course it wasn't his fault that they gave this Thug 10 chances---he mama says he bees a goot boy.

PWINGS
PWINGS

What's that legal term that the NCAA likes to use when they're self-righteously punishing schools? "Lack of institutional control"? I think this might qualify. Just sayin'.

Scramble
Scramble

It just shows you the drive college players have to just get to the pros for that first signing bonus.

Anthony S
Anthony S

This guy's draft stock is falling fast.  Maybe a late round pick as a gamble that he cleans up his act...but 10+ failed drug tests indicate that his getting and staying clean is a very, very long shot.  I suggest that any team that takes this guy put a daily mandatory drug test in his contract with any positive test negating his contract immediately.  Any contract bonus should be withheld for one year.

Dale215
Dale215

Wow, "I quit counting at 10", that is ridiculous. Half of the fault clearly lies with LSU for allowing it to get that far, but the other half is obviously on Mathieu. If I'm an NFL team, I'm having serious reservations about taking this guy at all. I thought he could go in the 3rd round, but now? I don't see it. He has a major problem, and it will take more than a few months to straighten out. Good luck  to him, but stay away from my team.

GaryW
GaryW

Maybe it's the coaches fault, but we really don't know.  It's just sad all the way around, especially as I'm an avid LSU fan.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

 @Dale215 Part of me immediately wants to agree with you completely, but...

 

Imagine you're just a college kid, still young enough to put absolute trust in your coaches.  They find out that you smoke some pot, but with their actions (or lack thereof, in this case) keep treating it like it's only a minor issue... not even worth really punishing you over (because that is exactly how LSU apparently handled it for a long time).  How does that really serve to send you the message that you need to stop?  There's a lot of kids that will observe that actions speak louder than words, and conclude that they don't *really* need to stop their bad habit in this scenario... why should they, when their authority figure is itself treating the issue so casually?

 

Kids will be kids, and kids will do what they can get away with until the adults do their job properly and set them straight.  It takes firm authority... and it's very evident that LSU was anything but a firm authority regarding Mathieu's bad habit for the longest time.

 

Mathieu is certainly at fault for being grossly immature.  But to some extent, that's to be expected of college kids in his situation.  What's NOT to be expected, is just how grossly irresponsible LSU itself was about it all.  

 

LSU observed a kid playing with fire, and instead of promptly putting a stop to it, they effectively just handed him some more matches and lighter fluid.  So who do we really blame most?  

 

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

 @GaryW We at least know for certain that LSU is most definitely at fault for refusing to suspend Mathieu in any way even after several failed tests.  How many did it take, exactly, before Les Miles and company finally decided to act?

 

Maybe you should stop being an avid fan, because assuming Mathieu isn't grossly exaggerating for no apparent reason, the LSU football program is completely heinous.  This obviously demonstrates a hideous degree of willingness to brush enormous disciplinary issues about their players under the rug if they happen to be too important to the team or the on-going season.

Jean
Jean

 @leehwgoc  @Dale215 so how does LSU put a stop to it-----lung removal?? Ever heard of "responsibility" from a player who has been given the world?