Tyrann Mathieu Enters Drug Rehab, Will Not Play Football in 2012
Rumor had it that Mathieu was to transfer to in-state school McNeese State, a member of the FCS Division-II league. Those were shot down when speculations swirled that he'd sit out the season andreturn to the program as a senior next year.
Neither came to be true, as Mathieu has decided to enter a drug rehab center in Houston, Texas—the same place former NBA star John Lucas attended—to focus on his well-being.
This is huge for the collegiate superstar's athletic future, which was already in shambles after receiving the boot from coach Les Miles. Mathieu is expected to forgo returning to class and the football field until his recovery is complete, which will likely last for a full year.
"My advice to him is to take care of himself, learn from this and prove to all involved that he understands his mistakes and that he plans to learn and grow from this," said Baton Rouge-based NFL personnel scout Chris Landry, who has never seen Mathieu as a first-round selection. "I would suggest finding a school that he is comfortable attending and playing this year. Of course, if he feels that he needs time to work on his problems away from football, that's certainly up to him and his family."
In terms of his draft stock, staying away from school and the field for a season will certainly hurt his chances of being a high-round pick. Last week in a reaction article, I said that Mathieu needed to go to a smaller school, lay low, and flourish in all aspects.
He may be making a great decision to skip out on football for awhile and improve his life—I'm not sure of the severity of his marijuana addiction. But with the way things are unraveling, Mathieu is costing himself millions of dollars for the near future.
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