Former LSU defensive back, Tyrann Mathieu, was arrested Thursday afternoon on charges of drug possession. Mathieu was arrested along with three other LSU players. Mathieu and two others were arrested on possession charges, while one player was charged with intent to distribute.
Mathieu was a Heisman Trophy Finalist in 2011, but was suspended from the team in 2012 after failing a drug test earlier this year. Among the other LSU players arrested was Tigers’ quarterback, Jordan Jefferson. Jefferson was a three year starter before being suspended earlier this year for his involvement in a bar fight during training camp. He was reinstated after a few weeks, when the charges were reduced to a misdemeanor. Reports indicate that Mathieu has been ordered to attend one of the private drug rehabilitation centers located in the area.
Jefferson was the reason why police were investigating the apartment in the first place. Jefferson was allegedly forcing his way into the apartment complex and seen entering an apartment, leading to a call from the neighbors. When Mathieu opened the door, police could smell the odor of marijuana coming from inside the apartment and requested a search of the premises. After Mathieu gave the police his consent to search the apartment, officers discovered a marijuana grinder, a digital scale and 10 bags of high-grade marijuana, including seven in a teammate’s backpack, according to the report.
This latest arrest all but seals the fate for Mathieu, nicknamed the “honey badger” because of his ferocious and fearless play on the field. It is his off the field issues that just may decide what his future as a football player might be.