Published August 17, 2012 - 8:25am
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FOX 8 has learned that Tyrann Mathieu will be remain in drug rehab in Houston for the foreseeable future, instead of returning to classes at LSU or any other school. It was a decision he and his family came to together, collectively.
Mathieu’s father, Tyrone Mathieu, said he and his son agreed that if he doesn’t get his addiction under control now, it will demonize him in the future, too.
Former NBA star John Lucas is mentoring Mathieu now. Lucas played 14 years in the NBA before addictions with cocaine and alcohol took control of his life. Lucas successfully completed rehab and had a second career as a NBA coach.
Whether this was his family’s decision or Tyrann’s decision, it’s the right one. Mathieu needs to concentrate on life right now, not football.
Mathieu was dismissed from LSU for reportedly failing too many drug tests, and many will miss the Honey Badger persona he displayed every Saturday. He expressed interest in returning to LSU to sit out this season and play next year. Even though LSU has refuted the report, sources told NOLA that Mathieu was said to have met with Les Miles Tuesday, and Miles advised Mathieu to ‘move on with his career’.
It’s time for Mathieu to get his life in order, because football will be gone one day.
This decision shows maturity on Mathieu’s part, and hopefully he can recover fully and get back on the football field soon.