Teams “constantly” bring up marijuana with Mathieu

AP

As former LSU defensive back/kick returner Tyrann Mathieu prepares for his crack at the NFL, teams want to know if he’s off pot.

They bring it up constantly,” Mathieu told Bobby Hebert and Deke Bellavia of WWL, via SportsRadioInterviews.com.  “It’s really about, they ask me, ‘Why couldn’t you stop and why didn’t you want to stop?’ . . .  Those are the toughest ones.  Those are the ones that you have to be most honest about.  For me, the same thing I just told you, I didn’t want to stop.  I just didn’t want to reach out for help.  I thought what I was doing was OK, but it’s not.”

Teams are asking the question because teams can’t afford to waste a draft pick on a guy who can’t or won’t choose football over marijuana.  Mathieu has a track record of doing the opposite.

We’ve constantly heard over the years that most teams generally don’t care about players smoking marijuana.  Teams specifically care about players smoking marijuana when getting caught smoking marijuana will get them suspended.

Unlike performance-enhancing drugs, to which the NFL applies a one-strike attitude, players can test positive for marijuana multiple times before being suspended.  When faced with the reality that one more positive will trigger a suspension, that’s when players need to clearly and unequivocally choose football.

Mathieu is doing everything he can to persuade people he’s choosing football.  The question is whether a team will trust him.

101 responses to “Teams “constantly” bring up marijuana with Mathieu

  1. He should get bonus points for playing as well as he did stoned. Most stoners i know have a hard time playing call of duty and eating cheetos at the same time let alone intercepting passes and causing forced fumbles.

  2. It’s ridiculous. As if this is some sort of major crime. There are two types of players in the NFL … those caught smoking weed … and those that haven’t been caught.

  3. “As former LSU defensive back/kick returner Tyrann Mathieu prepares for his crack at the NFL”

    If he’s kicking pot, he probably shouldn’t be getting into crack.

  4. Playmaker on the college level, but interested to see what he can do against hitters stronger, faster, and more crafty NFL elites. He may be a nickel-dime guy, but more teams are getting slot receivers that can, at times, outplay their #1. Weed won’t be the issue, your coverage skills will be.

  5. He will drop like a stone in the draft. Look for him in the 5th round. The guy will never give up pot and cannot be counted on.

  6. He better get used to it because even on the biggest stage of all the media and people bring up all the bad you’ve done and nothing about the good! Examples – Ray Lewis superbowl last year all everyone talked about was the murder case 12 years ago and how he was a phony and Big Ben superbowl all everyone talked about was his sexual misconduct smh.

  7. I don’t smoke weed but I don’t care if other people do. We should stop wasting tax money to arrest, prosecute and incarcerate people for marijuana. Think of how much tax money would be saved.

    Also, I don’t think the NFL should make a big deal about punishing players who test positive. Weed isn’t exactly a performance enhancer

  8. Instead of calling it ‘the football’ or ‘the rock’ in front of Mathieu, his new Def. Coordinator should just keep calling it ‘the burrito’ any time he thinks the kid is baked.

  9. I still want to know what happens if he gets drafted to Seattle or Denver, cities in states that have legalized the substance.

  10. “If he’s off pot”, is how people who have never smoked talk. “Do you think doing weed is cool?” Gimme a break, the kid’s not a heroin addict or a pill head! How many NFL players blaze? I’d say atleast 30%. Not to be racist but smoking is ingrained in African American culture anymore. But they keep trying to make it sound as if Mathieu is a junkie. I know plenty of junkies and smoking a little weed doesn’t put you in that class. There have been so many star players who have succeeded despite enjoying certain off the field activities. If Pacman Jones can stay in the NFL then this kid should have no problem. He’s a playmaker and teams are ALWAYS looking for that. Mathieu goes in the first 3 rounds.

  11. well do you want your team to have players smoking cigarettes? I don’t think anyone cares if a dude smokes up at a party in the offseason every now and then but a chronic chronic user I will pass. Not every team will though look at the loins last couple of drafts.

  12. He doesn’t make it past the 2nd round, someone drafts him….Betcha….
    Personally, the Redskins have lots of guys he can hang out with, who understand, and they need help in the Defensive backfield, so…..

  13. Considering the massive amounts of dollars invested into these very young men, it makes a lot of sense. NFL teams want to know why Mathieu would choose to continue smoking marijuana when future employment in the NFL was at stake. It’s more of a question of willpower, self control, and the player’s ability to prioritize that which is most important in his life and career. Tyrone getting high on a random Tuesday afternoon just isn’t worth him potentially failing a drug test over it, and jeopardizing his future career and subsequent salary. Somehow, Tyrone either felt that his getting high was as important to him as getting into the NFL…OR…he simply didn’t care enough about the potential consequences of it and cared more for getting a good buzz on at the time. Neither of these situations bode well for him while being evaluated by future employers.

  14. antonio says:
    Mar 28, 2013 2:10 PM
    I don’t smoke weed but I don’t care if other people do. We should stop wasting tax money to arrest, prosecute and incarcerate people for marijuana. Think of how much tax money would be saved.

    Also, I don’t think the NFL should make a big deal about punishing players who test positive. Weed isn’t exactly a performance enhancers
    —————-
    As you type on your apple computer in your gated community.

  15. The issue is not if marijuana is good or bad, a “gateway drug”, legal in some places, etc…. The issue is there were rules set in place for him, and he repeatedly violated them. That is what worries teams. Legalize it tomorrow, and he’s still got an issue with authority.

  16. benroethlisberger7 says:Mar 28, 2013 2:09 PM

    We > You

    Deal with it.

    If the steelers organization knew you were unoffically representing them on PFT they would probably have Florio ban your IP.

    Also, logicalvoice and flavordave are actually somewhat amusing… You are just an ignorant troll. Next

  17. Mary Jane should not be illegal to begin with.
    Prohibiting and treated Mary Jane like a Scheduled I drug is counter-productive to society, medicine and spirituality.
    Rules are rules, and unless you are above the law, rules apply.

  18. Smoke a plant that has no addictive qualities and has never caused even one death related to it in the chronicalogical history of the drug? Lose millions and drop in the draft.

    Run really fast for 40 yards in a test that covers none of the actual skills needed to play football? Jump a few rounds and make millions for a team you’ll do nothing very special for.

    Makes sense to me.

    The fact of the matter is that a lazy stoner was a lazy something before he/she started smoking. This is not crack or heroin and as long as he’s not doing it before going on the field than move on.

  19. We shouldn’t have to discuss marijuana at all. 0 people have died from smoking pot. It’s innocent, it’s illegal because of propaganda tactics used a looooooong time ago. We all know pot is harmless.

  20. This being about marijuana seems like crap. What person can’t quit smoking pot? Goes to rehab for pot? I bet he was blowing lines. Pot, whatever.

  21. @giantspunk go look up all the successful people in the world who actively are “stoners”. They have accomplished 10X more than you could ever dream of sitting behind your keyboard. Don’t be so quick to judge. BTW the drug that kill the most people in the USA every year is tobacco and the drug that kills the second is alcohol. Alcohol also ruins more familys and sends more people to the slammer for DUI and domestic abuse. Nobody ever gets stoned then beats their wife. IMO alcohol and tobacco are the worst drugs in the USA and nobody seems to realize it because the government says its ok. Think about that next time to go have an ice cold delicious pint.

  22. That he thinks these questions are about pot and not about him and his inability to stop a non-addictive substance when he knew he was jeopardizing his career tells me everything I need to know.

    This kid needs to grow up or he’s gonna get a coach fired with his million dollar talent and his ten cent head.

  23. So I guess he was high in the last game most of America saw him in? He sure played like it as Alabama made him look sillier than they did Te’o in this year’s BCS.

  24. If you think Mary jane prevents people from being successful, please look up Southpark, the Simpsons, or all of the various shows created by Mike Judge.

  25. Pot is ILLEGAL, end of story.

    This kid is a POTHEAD, therefore he values weed over everything else.

    These teams are potential EMPLOYERS and have every right to know what he smokes considering that they will pay him much more than minimum wage.

  26. @logicalvoicesaysneedswaybettercrazypills The key words in what i said was “most stoners i know”, i realize there’s TONS of successful stoners out there, one of my idols is Eddie Bravo and anyone that knows anything about BJJ knows he’s one of the most innovative men in the sport and a weed advocate. So yes, i know there’s plenty of successful stoners, next time read the statement before you try to play chronic superhero “sitting behind your keyboard”

  27. NFL teams don’t care if you smoke pot. What they care about is if you get caught smoking pot and don’t get to play for a while.

    I’d be more concerned about this guy’s METHed of play….

  28. I believe he’s grown up. Draft him Detroit, after all, its obvious to mayhew and EVERYONE we have a lack of playmakers at defensive skill positions. This guy fits that bill, he won’t fall past early 3rd so better get him there.

  29. They constantly ask about it, because it was something he wasn’t supposed to be doing, and got warned, then warned again, then suspended from the team, then kicked out of the program. Even when he had a chance to come back, he proceded to get busted again. I’m not here to debate the legalization of marijuana, I’m just here to point out the kid is a moron. If he has grown up since his multiple dust ups, then great, because he is a baller. Everytime a player continues getting nailed for smoking, even though he isn’t supposed to, I hear all the idiot “legalize it” tardos come out and that isn’t what is bothering the NFL. Also, the # crap needs to stop, unless this website has somehow become twitter, because your point becomes instantly stupid.

  30. This is where everyone cries “pot shouldn’t be illegal, blah blah blah.” It’s not about Pot being legal or illegal, it’s about the guy choosing something over football. He picked pot over football, and anyone that gives him millions of dollars needs to be sure that isn’t going to happen again.

  31. @Giantspunk Hahaha chronic superhero.No, i just do laugh at all the sheeple than have no opinions of their own and just listen to the Government. I just laugh because you jumped on the opportunity to rag on pot and stoners than you get all defensive about a simple non-aggressive reply. You need to smoke a J man…

  32. @Giantspunk Hahaha chronic superhero.No, i just laugh at all the sheeple that have no opinions of their own and just listen to the Government. I just laugh because you jumped on the opportunity to rag on pot and stoners than you get all defensive about a simple non-aggressive reply. You need to smoke a J man…

  33. What folks are missing here : this isn’t a case of “right”, “wrong” or “illegal”. The NFL has an anti-weed stance and they are well within legal grounds to do so. If you want to play in the NFL you cannot smoke weed, period. Players sign a contract stating they won’t smoke weed. If they do, they face a suspension. Don’t like the rules the NFL puts down? Then don’t play.

    BTW, I’m for de-criminalizing it.

  34. The reason that’s an issue to teams is not the fact that he smokes it but the fact that he was willing to jeopardize and potentially ruin a promising football career to smoke it.

    It’s not a case of him just getting caught smoking it but it getting him kicked off a high profile SEC team and proceeding to do it knowing he needed to be on his best behavior to be able to rejoin the team.

    When something regardless of what it is impairs your decision making to that degree it’s fair for teams to want to make sure it’s something behind you.

  35. I dont condone weed smoking .. but like chris rock said .. the only reason it’s not legal nationally in the US is because it’s not mass produced in the US… just like cocaine .. tobacco kills millions every year from cancer ..there is too much money to be made .. if britain would have colonized mexico first … there would be newports would be crackports

    btw… please pick this dude up redskins

  36. For those of you wondering about Tyrann playing for Seattle or Denver the NFL follows Federal laws, not State laws so if he played in those Cities he would be subject to same testing rules as anywhere else.

  37. Smoking weed isn’t much different than having a few beers. However, the problem comes with the testing. I person who drinks a few the night before, most likely won’t test positive for more than 1/2 day or so after the fact…..for weed, though, you can test positive for two or three weeks afterward…..any yet, not be under the influence. They should test a person’s reaction time or something similar to determine if they’re stoned, not their pee.

  38. They should lock this criminal up. He’s no better than a serial killer or terrorist if he smokes pot because it’s the gateway drug and it will lead to the demise of western society.
    LOL!
    /sarcasm

  39. Make every drafted player pass a rigorous drug test. It’s cheaper than a contract. And, it’s proven! Americas finest get up every day to a pittance of even a meager amount of baseline NFL salary. They get no bling and few limos pick them up….Oh there is no contract renegotiation or agents. They get it done. Oh, there is no helmet rule, and the other side doesn’t always play fair. They just get it done!!

  40. Someone will reach early on him. Early 3rd. Hes still a playmaker. If Pacman Jones can still be playing along with many other actual criminals, then this kid that made a kid mistake thinkin he was untouchable will be a great addition to any team. Good Luck Tyrann. I wish you the best.

  41. This guy has patriot written all over him , moss Hernandez, Dillion. Pot sure did hurt those guys.

    Watching football is pretty mind blowing while stoned, but I couldn’t imagine playing stoned tho, there would be a lot of “taking plays off” in my case lol

  42. Many players have been a huge waste of a team’s 1st pick and millions so they have the right to ask whatever they want. You won’t only be robbing the franchise but the fans as well.

  43. metalman5150 says:
    Mar 28, 2013 2:23 PM
    Mary Jane should not be illegal to begin with.
    Prohibiting and treated Mary Jane like a Scheduled I drug is counter-productive to society, medicine and spirituality.
    Rules are rules, and unless you are above the law, rules apply.

    ____________________________________
    What in the blue blazes is mary jane? I mean what in the sam hill is going on around here?

  44. No NFL player should get suspended for weed. Not a PED. Tyron Mathieu is what I call a value pick.

  45. Is it just me, or is anyone else sick of the war on Hemp? Sheesh! This is (Reefer) Madness. The weed is NOT a Gateway drug (In fact there is no such thing)… It is NOT physically or psychologically addictive. IF it was addictive, it has no damage to function other than hunger cravings, laughter and questionable judgement. Of course no one should drive, operate dangerous machinery while using it, but many great artwork. creative and useful ideas have been enhanced by people who have responsibly used it.
    I do understand the struggles that this young man had with the morality of using Hemp, since it obviously did not negatively affect his ability to perform as an athlete. When will we eliminate these profit motivated laws that are continuing to damage & stigmatize our own citizenry?

  46. keevel says:Mar 28, 2013 2:36 PM

    That he thinks these questions are about pot and not about him and his inability to stop a non-addictive substance when he knew he was jeopardizing his career tells me everything I need to know.

    This kid needs to grow up or he’s gonna get a coach fired with his million dollar talent and his ten cent head.
    __________________________________

    Isn’t this exactly the point? The kid was a teenager, doing knucklehead things. He was punished and it really seems that the light got turned on. Please, everyone of us, and I do mean everyone, was somewhat of a bonehead as a teenager or early 20’s person, and can think of several instances here we “knew best” or “Couldn’t possibly get caught”.

  47. People arguing whether or not pot should be legalized are completely missing the point. Mathieu is breaking the law and doing so knowing that he will be tested. This guy is so dumb, thumbing his nose at the law raises legitimate red flags.

  48. Cannabis relieves stress. The fact that this herb is outlawed is hilarious. Our great great grandchildren are laughing at our generation in the future.

  49. jstdad says: Mar 28, 2013 3:52 PM

    Isn’t this exactly the point? The kid was a teenager, doing knucklehead things. He was punished and it really seems that the light got turned on. Please, everyone of us, and I do mean everyone, was somewhat of a bonehead as a teenager or early 20′s person, and can think of several instances here we “knew best” or “Couldn’t possibly get caught”.
    ————————————————————-
    Thinking this is about pot and not about his and his decision making shows he doesn’t consider himself accountable. The questions can’t possibly be about his decisions, it has to be about an object.

    He’s going to make the same mistake again, he hasn’t owned it. The mistakes are fine, the not understanding the mistake makes it a risk.

  50. “spirituality”

    HaHaHaHaHaHa What a poor stoner excuse. Unless you are sitting around a campfire with a headdress try again .

    Puff Puff Pass

  51. Who cares? If you’re going to suspend every player who smokes marijuana, I’d have a job in the NFL, probably making less money than I am now because seriously, who would watch that…

  52. Go to the Redskins so you can be getting toasted on a Dez Bryant Highlight reel.

    #RedskinsRoverrated

  53. would love if the Dolphins grabbed him in the 2nd round if he’s available.

    as a pothead, i see why teams would be weary, sometimes i forget to wear my belt!

  54. This will be an interesting guy to follow on draft day and how different the breakdown will be is detemined by where the guys gets drafted..

    If he goes to New England or Green Bay (one of the NFL “darling” organizations), it will be one of the greatest destinations possible and he’s desitined for the Hall of Fame.

    If Oakland selects him, he’s going to jail by the end of football season.

  55. Low risk high reward,I sure hope my broncos give this guy a chance especially if he falls to late in the 3rd or 4th round I have a feeling this guy is gonna jump off the TV screen he’s a playmaker like a Percy Harvin on defense.

  56. I have no doubt that more than half of the NFL smokes weed. Right or wrong, it is happening.

    Mathieu looks like a good secondary player that can help a team right away but he will come with some off field stuff that does make him a bit of a risk.

  57. There’s rarely a more productive player than one with a chip on their shoulder and something to prove. This kid is probably gonna be a beast

  58. As a Lions fan and a pot smoker I was frustrated last year by fairly and leshores marijuana arrests. Not because they’re smoking pot, but for the fact that your playing football in a state that legalized marijuana, and with all the millions you make you cant afford a few hundred dollars to get your medical marijuana card? I install sprinklers for a living and dont make in one year what they probably make for one game and I have my card! SMH

  59. How stupid is this guy? It could be inferred that he is flashing some type of gang sign in the photo. Given the button-down backgrounds of team officials, why would he be doing this? As for teams constantly wanting to discuss pot, exactly what did he THINK teams would dwelling on during his interviews, his major academically? That would be a TRULY short and surface-only conversation!

  60. I think teams are asking him about it so much is that if they figure out that smoking weed is something that he is going to do, then they can help him get the good chronic instead of that synthetic stuff.

  61. It’s just pot. Did you ask him about Alcohol or Cigarettes? Cause its about the same thing.

    Can we just overcome this primative archaic anti-marijuana ignorance already?

  62. Doesn’t hurt being smart and being a football player, but seriously this guy must’ve scored a wonderlick score of 5 or fewer and probably did just as bad on the new non biased minority type test.

    This guy is a moron period, read a book dude you were suspended because of multiple drugs why wouldn’t anyone want to know why you allowed that decision to ever happen. You want money they want you to be on the field not at a dispensary down the street and eating donuts.

    Get your act together kid!

  63. MARIJUANA IS USED BY THE MAJORITY OF TOP SPORTS PEOPLE EVERYWHERE:

    “Everybody thinks that if you did this random testing you’d catch so many guys on PEDs. No, you’d catch more of the guys on marijuana. So [we’ve got] 475 guys under contract and 400 of them would be out with marijuana [suspensions].”
    —Dana White, president of the UFC.

    “At least a good 50 [US] Olympic athletes use marijuana regularly before they stop in time for testing.”
    —Stephany Lee

    “I just let him know that most of the players in the league use marijuana and I have and do partake in smoking weed in the offseason”
    —Josh Howard, forward for the Dallas Mavericks. Howard admitted to smoking marijuana on Michel Irvin’s ESPN show.

    “You got guys out there playing high every night. You got 60% of your league on marijuana. What can you do?”
    —Charles Oakley (Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets)

    “I personally know boxers, body builders, cyclists, runners and athletes from all walks of life that train and compete with the assistance of marijuana,”
    —WWE wrestler Rob Van Dam

    * Even many of the best cricket players of all time, like Phil Tufnell and Sir Ian Botham, have admitted to regularly using marijuana to deal with stress and muscle aches. In 2001, half of South Africa’s cricket team was caught smoking marijuana with the team physiotherapist. They were celebrating a championship victory in the Caribbean.

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