Tyrann Mathieu is certainly creating buzz heading into this month’s draft. He has been one of the fastest rising players on the board since the NFL Combine and LSU’s Pro Day.
While doing a 10-stop tour with NFL teams, the former troubled LSU star admitted to at least one NFL assistant coach that he failed more than 10 drug tests at LSU, via USAToday.
According to an assistant coach for the team, Mathieu responded: “I quit counting at 10. I really don’t know.”
Mathieu has been trying to shake the ‘Honey Badger’ nickname since the NFL Combine in an effort to break ties with his past, and this admission tells us he is truly trying to be brutally honest while the NFL courtship continues until draft night.
The assistant coach who admitted what Mathieu exposed in the interview also went so far as to say that, “If he flunked 10 tests before they suspended him, it shows that he got no kind of help [at LSU].”
But past aside, Mathieu must convince NFL teams and coaches that he’s worth the risk and truly has turned the page. Coming to grips with his past, I’m sure, has been tough for Mathieu, but being brutally honest about the failed tests – to me – shows he’s choosing to come face-to-face with his past failures, not run from them.
Americans, especially NFL fans, tend to have short memories, and if Mathieu can produce for any team and keep his nose clean, fans will have no problem forgetting the past.
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