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Report: Mathieu told NFL coaches he failed more than 10 drug tests

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Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, who was kicked off the team just months after becoming a Heisman Trophy finalist, reportedly told at least one NFL team that he failed so many drug tests in college that he couldn’t even remember them all.

An assistant coach for an NFL team told Jarrett Bell of USA Today that when that team interviewed Mathieu, he was asked how many drug tests he had failed in college.

I quit counting at 10,” Mathieu answered. “I really don’t know.”

The assistant who passed along that story also told USA Today that Mathieu’s statement had him questioning LSU as much as he questions Mathieu.

“If he flunked 10 tests before they suspended him, it shows that he got no kind of help,” the coach said.

Mathieu has acknowledged that for much of his college football career he put his love of marijuana ahead of his love of football. But he now says he has not used marijuana or any other drugs since October, and that he’s done using marijuana for good. The NFL team that drafts Mathieu will need to be convinced that he’s telling the truth.

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  1. colts419 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:10 AM

    i wouldnt be all that upset if indy snagged him with a mid/late round pick…could add depth right off the bat and perhaps develop into a decent db.

  2. tjacks7 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:11 AM

    Some program, LSU. Why doesn’t the NCAA look into anything worthwhile?

  3. cornellsteelers says: Apr 12, 2013 11:12 AM

    “The NFL team that drafts Mathieu will need to be convinced that he’s telling the truth.”

    Or the Bengals.

  4. SeenThisB4 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:14 AM

    LOL! Yeah he done using marijuana,…. till that first check rolls around. Sounds like he should be doing everything he can to get drafted by the Broncos.

  5. xplicitpits says: Apr 12, 2013 11:14 AM

    Love the kid, but I doubt it. When he gets any kind of money the old influences will come back into his life.

  6. cali49er707 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:15 AM

    Come on 9ers!!! Pull the trigger& draft this guy!!”!

  7. frankgarrett says: Apr 12, 2013 11:15 AM

    Vikings SUCK

  8. DubZ480 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:15 AM

    Nice LSU. Stay Classy

  9. toddm1016 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:16 AM

    Welcome to the Cincinnati Bengals

  10. brownoholic says: Apr 12, 2013 11:16 AM

    DOPE

  11. newjerseygiants says: Apr 12, 2013 11:16 AM

    He also failed every academic test.

  12. pleazenufalready says: Apr 12, 2013 11:17 AM

    …flunked more than 10 test, huh…..meh, just another day in the SEC!

  13. blacknole08 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:18 AM

    Just legalize it. It’s a waste of taxpayer dollars just to prosecute someone for pot.

    Meanwhile, you hear about players getting DUIs every other article. I’d be more worried about alcohol abuse honestly.

  14. gumbogumbo says: Apr 12, 2013 11:18 AM

    legarrette blount and brandon weeden are both high on this guy..

  15. blizzard01 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:18 AM

    Fool me once, shame on you.
    Fool me twice, shame on me.
    Fool me ten times? Hello Raiders.

  16. vik3z says: Apr 12, 2013 11:18 AM

    the guy was in college. who can blame him for blazing?

    i dont believe its truly behind him so i really dont want to see him in a vikings uniform but i like the kid so i hope proves me wrong and becomes a successful pro.

  17. blackandbluedivision says: Apr 12, 2013 11:19 AM

    That speaks volumes about (1) LSU (2) Tyron Mathieu (3) the NCAA.

    At what point do you stop giving this man a drug test?

    At what point does it click that (a) you have a problem or (b) whatever you’re doing to hide your drug habit isn’t working.

  18. r81ders says: Apr 12, 2013 11:19 AM

    this guy sounds like a cancer to anyteam and why quit be for the draft, i rather have some one high on life on my football team.

  19. ravenator says: Apr 12, 2013 11:19 AM

    Drugs are bad, mmkay

  20. matthewcarlson1 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:19 AM

    Yeah right..he’s done smoking until he gets paid.

  21. dbones750 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:19 AM

    Once a stoner, always a stoner….trust me.

  22. illegalblues says: Apr 12, 2013 11:20 AM

    “using marijuana”

  23. dolphindubs says: Apr 12, 2013 11:21 AM

    This guy….lemme tell you about this guy…. He’s got a very high potential, he can smoke out a play and is very good in zone coverage. Potential pro-bowler…

  24. mrlaloosh says: Apr 12, 2013 11:21 AM

    Go Tigers! It was pretty obvious in the BCS championship game against Bama that the whole teams played like they were loaded on something.
    LSU, Learning Slowly University.

  25. jcmeyer10 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:22 AM

    At least he was honest.

  26. pixelito says: Apr 12, 2013 11:23 AM

    Legalize it, don’t criticize it…

  27. EJ says: Apr 12, 2013 11:24 AM

    Within the next 5 years Marijuana will be legal by every state and finally federally. The Government will finally realize that we can get out of this debt situation by taxing weed. Mathieu will be in the clear then, but right now he should put his focus solely on making his millions playing football.

  28. tcmiller30 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:24 AM

    Of course he’s done with marijuana.. When that NFL paycheck comes in he’ll be able to afford the good stuff.

  29. njdet says: Apr 12, 2013 11:24 AM

    I was hoping that the Lions could pick him up in the later rounds if available, but I doubt they will given the problems they’ve had with guys in the past. I don’t blame them. The guy can play football though.

  30. jjb0811 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:25 AM

    I’ve heard of 2nd and 3rd chance but over 10?

  31. tedmurph says: Apr 12, 2013 11:25 AM

    I’d be more concerned about whether quickness and instincts can make up for lack of size and speed in the NFL, especially against the big WRs and TEs. There are exceptions(CFinnegan, AWinfield) but paired with the off field stuff, I wouldn’t take him before late 4th.

  32. gwylie1 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:26 AM

    I was going to play some football too but then I got high.

  33. ajgreenhof says: Apr 12, 2013 11:26 AM

    @cornellsteelers

    Id be thrilled if Cincy got this guy. Zimmer would turn him into a stud and he’d became another redemption story like half the team on the Bengals roster.

    Careful what you wish for.

  34. MasMacho says: Apr 12, 2013 11:27 AM

    “… I’m just joking. I was high when I said that.”

  35. bigdinla says: Apr 12, 2013 11:28 AM

    Geaux Tigers!

  36. vaphinfan says: Apr 12, 2013 11:28 AM

    Wow what an example for young athletes today. You can fail multiple drug tests and theres no consequences until the 10th test.

  37. colts419 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:30 AM

    So many people here quick to really slam this kid for his mistakes. Teenager playing ball for a big time program on a big time campus falls into some bad habits and youre ready to crucify the kid. I cant blame you, clearly no one in history smoked pot in college then went on to be successful in their chosen career.

  38. themackstrong says: Apr 12, 2013 11:30 AM

    It is weed….Which is legal in two states now. Look at his play making ability and a big concern was his speed and he proved he is fast enough in his 40 time. 2nd or 3rd round pick that can be a steal just like Janoris Jenkins.

  39. frozen49er says: Apr 12, 2013 11:31 AM

    So not only do they allow continuous drug use at LSU but they also produce some of the dumbest NFL players as well. Maurice Claiborne and Patrick Peterson (although very talented) produced the lowest Wonderlic test scores.

  40. dolphinatic says: Apr 12, 2013 11:31 AM

    For the love of the puff the magic dragon it was that damned performance enhancing Marijuana again. Legalize it. Innocuous relaxation munchy time feel good smoke doesn’t make you a better player, or a worse one.
    Last time I checked you can lead the league in rushing (Ricky Williams) high as kite or totally flame out over it (Ricky Williams) when persecuted. Mathieu is a talent, get this kid some daily maintenance till prohibition ends and get him on the field, I’m talking to you Ireland.

  41. rgwhodey says: Apr 12, 2013 11:32 AM

    1st round talent with a 4th round pick would be great, as a Bengals fan would be more than happy with that…

  42. catfanatic1979v1 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:32 AM

    I would have kicked him out at 3.

  43. keylimelight says: Apr 12, 2013 11:32 AM

    “The NFL team that drafts Mathieu will need to be convinced that he’s telling the truth.”

    I don’t think they’ll ever be convinced. The NFL team that drafts Mathieu will have a dynamic playmaker who will learn the timing of the cannabis test that the league mandates.

    Since this is the big league and lots of money is on the line, contract incentives may work here.

    At some point in the future, he may test positive for marijuana but if he can perform for a team the way he’s expected to, I bet they’ll be willing to cross that bridge when they get to it.

  44. prosportswashington says: Apr 12, 2013 11:35 AM

    Its ridiculous that its still banned in the NFL even if you play for a team like colorado where it’s legal

  45. granadafan says: Apr 12, 2013 11:36 AM

    Schools like Auburn and especially LSU make a complete mockery of the term UNIVERSITY. How can a player faik 10 plus drug tests and not get kicked after a few, say three? Oh yeah, this is the SEC. Auburn let kids play in the BCS game even though they failed tests as well.

  46. lunarpie says: Apr 12, 2013 11:37 AM

    Where’s the poll that asks all the players about alchohol consumption. Alchohol is legal poison and kills thousands every year. Cigarettes are even worse! This while marijauna has zero long term effects on the brain and is called a gateway drug. Alchohol is the gateway king to all drugs!!!!

  47. ebrownwareagle says: Apr 12, 2013 11:38 AM

    I’LL TAKE IN ATLANTA w/30th pick! He is a DB not the QB…. Smoke Out as longs as U can make PLAYS! They USE COKE IN DALLAS! Pot might not be that bad!

  48. modellforprez says: Apr 12, 2013 11:38 AM

    see now nobody can say the honeyhole is not honest. Now if you think you are gonna get in the league and run around the hill district looking for dub sacks of doja i thought i told ya….

  49. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 12, 2013 11:39 AM

    If you’ve been smoking pot since high school & college, the only thing that changes as you progress through life is that you can afford better weed.

  50. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:40 AM

    Until he gets paid and gets a visit from…MR NICE GUY, who sounds Jamaican

  51. majormeatcurtains says: Apr 12, 2013 11:43 AM

    colts419 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:30 AM

    So many people here quick to really slam this kid for his mistakes. Teenager playing ball for a big time program on a big time campus falls into some bad habits and youre ready to crucify the kid. I cant blame you, clearly no one in history smoked pot in college then went on to be successful in their chosen career.
    —————————————————————
    What a truly moronic thing to say. What part of “I stopped counting at 10″ did not sink in with you?. What part of risking a multi-million dollar career to keep smoking blunts do you think is rational college kid behavior? Goo lord your kids must terrorize your local town. So my kids killed a family of 4 driving impaired, they’s just being kids right? Seriously the dumbest thing typed this week.

  52. steelers4385 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:43 AM

    Nooooo not pot.

  53. rayguyreturns says: Apr 12, 2013 11:46 AM

    Some guys raise red flags with their behavior.

    This guys a red barn door.

  54. skarkattack1234 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:46 AM

    C’mon people. I can’t believe no one has shot some props his way for being honest. Most of the time, this sort of thing turns into “I only failed 2, and there was a lab error on the other 13.”

    He was straight-up about. He said he lost count at 10. He could have just said around 10.

    Everyone just hates anything from LSU. I’m not an LSU fan, but they put good defensive talent out every single year. Especially CBs. How many LSU guys are going to come in the draft this year?
    Mingo in the first
    Minter in the first
    Reid in the late first early second
    Lavar Edwards somewhere
    And I’m sure I’m missing a few more of them.

    I’m going to go ahead and call it. Mathieu won’t make it past the middle of the second. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he snuck into the first. He has some really good film.

    If he is sitting there at the top of round 3, and Millner doesn’t drop to 6, I would love to see Cleveland pull the trigger. Let him learn from the leagues best CB.

  55. joetoronto says: Apr 12, 2013 11:48 AM

    “I quit counting at 10,” Mathieu answered. “I really don’t know.”

    Even more disturbing is how stupid he is for his statements.

    Don’t even let him in the draft, just tell him to report to the Bengals.

  56. whodatnate says: Apr 12, 2013 11:48 AM

    Failed 10 times…. should have studied harder. Kids these days have no work ethic..Maybe they shouldve been open book test.

  57. therealsmiley says: Apr 12, 2013 11:48 AM

    Yeah cause’ mary jane really gives them an advantage on the field. Hail!

  58. daysend564 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:51 AM

    New England Patiots…you and Dennard can share a cell

  59. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 12, 2013 11:54 AM

    Some people genuinely are capable of quitting marijuana and I think Mathieu is a good candidate for that. He got “burned” in the past and paid for those mistakes and with all of this money on the line and some real professional advisors that can give him the support he needs I think that he’s well worth the risk on that issue.

    I wouldn’t hesitate to take him because of that flag unless there were new flags to surface during the interviews with him. It’s an opportunity to get a good value if enough teams wait long enough to draft him. If not him, there will be some other better value player available, and the name of the game is to keep ALL of your options available so that you can find the best value with each pick, and that could be Mathieu depending how the cards fall.

  60. fanofevilempire says: Apr 12, 2013 11:55 AM

    not one, not two, not three or four……..but ten.
    oh my gosh.
    you think Jerry Jones will skip by this guy.

  61. wayupsouth says: Apr 12, 2013 11:57 AM

    One more reason to fire Les Miles. As a Tiger fan, I was done with the guy when his team failed to show up against Bama in the championship game. No institutional control.

  62. turdfurgerson68 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:58 AM

    “he put his love of marijuana ahead of his love of football”

    What a loser. I love the bud as much as anyine but c’mon you’re losing MILLIONS for weed.

    Teams should stay away in the early rds: Rashad Saleem 2.0

  63. stv1719 says: Apr 12, 2013 12:00 PM

    Honestly I’d rather have a player be a pothead than an alcoholic

  64. kingpel says: Apr 12, 2013 12:06 PM

    He hasn’t used since OCTOBER? I love Honey Badger as much as anyone but it seems like he has made changes in his life in order to get drafted, not because he has actually learned from his mistakes.

  65. gbpbacker84 says: Apr 12, 2013 12:07 PM

    To perform at a high level in professional athletics being a pot head is obviously not a good choice. Please stop acting like this guy is so morally bankrupt though. Question his motives if you will, but he has taken this in stride like a man and been open and honest about it. I think HGH and adderall are far more pressing issues, but for some reason people are ragging on this guy like he’s a cheat or something. Marijuana is not performance enhancing! It’s mood enhancing. And all you alcholol drinkers and smokers should no that it is far less dangerous than the aforementioned “legal drugs”. Weed is beautiful if experienced in moderation and in the right setting. Stop being so prude and get over your Reefer Madness.

  66. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Apr 12, 2013 12:08 PM

    LSU should be proud of the way they used this kid to make money while they got him zero help. Maybe if they had suspended him or tossed him from school the message would have gotten across. Enablers never help the person in trouble. To use him like that was beyond shameful.

  67. jpaq68 says: Apr 12, 2013 12:10 PM

    Honey Boo Boo.

  68. bkostela says: Apr 12, 2013 12:10 PM

    the kid may have “talent” but he is dumb as a rock and has the potential of getting suspended given his drug use history. i don’t care how good he is, if he’s not on the field, he’s no use to a team.

    in another topic, just because weed will soon be legal in more states than it is not, that doesn’t mean the NFL won’t still ban it. last i checked, adderall is legal in more states than not, and we all know about those suspensions.

  69. bryco9 says: Apr 12, 2013 12:12 PM

    He is, who he is. Once an addict, always an addict. No team should touch him before the 5th rd. He can talk the talk all day long, but only time and serious will power will prove that he can truly change.

  70. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 12, 2013 12:14 PM

    LSU also had a couple DBs (Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne) come out of there who scored less than 10 points on their Wonderlic, a test of questions about on a junior high level.

    I still thought they could play in the NFL but I couldn’t help but wonder what is going on at LSU that allows those two guys to stay academically eligible to play?

    Now this from Mathieu. Something smells down in LSU…

  71. upperdecker19 says: Apr 12, 2013 12:14 PM

    The good news…..his glaucoma and anxiety disorders are under control.

  72. sandersmarcus10 says: Apr 12, 2013 12:18 PM

    its funny how some of us on here dont relize that this was a college kid doing college dumb stuff was it right no but some adult or the program should have put a stop to this WAY before 10 failed drug test. Winning is everything when you lose in the end.

  73. contra74 says: Apr 12, 2013 12:20 PM

    A player with a drug problem? Definite fit for the Packers!

  74. evomike06 says: Apr 12, 2013 12:24 PM

    Get him if he’s still there in the 2nd skins if he’s still there! Need all the secondary help you can get and can potentially turn into a steel of a pick.

  75. mgdsquiggy17 says: Apr 12, 2013 12:29 PM

    “Some program, LSU. Why doesn’t the NCAA look into anything worthwhile?”

    Because that is even more of a waste of time.. really looking into a failed drug test (for Pot not PED) in college is beyond pointless.

  76. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 12, 2013 12:29 PM

    And he couldn’t get more reps than most kickers on the bench press.

  77. mgdsquiggy17 says: Apr 12, 2013 12:30 PM

    “Now this from Mathieu. Something smells down in LSU…”

    Yea just like almost every major college program… or any job that has a few idiots and you just can’t understand how they get by.. they know people or someone likes them enough to protect them

  78. harrisbarton says: Apr 12, 2013 12:36 PM

    He lost count at ten, because if he had to count any higher he’d have to take off his shoes and socks.

  79. greenbleeder says: Apr 12, 2013 12:39 PM

    The NFL team that drafts Mathieu will need to be packing some kine bud and some Philly blunts, for him to reach his maximum potential.

  80. dirtybird70 says: Apr 12, 2013 12:40 PM

    He’s destined for Seattle where smoking pot is legal and the head coach is a cheater. Match made in heaven!

  81. phinfan527 says: Apr 12, 2013 12:44 PM

    Shocking. Another NFL rookie punk who will blow his ride because of drugs. Go play for the jets please.

  82. wojlos says: Apr 12, 2013 12:49 PM

    Seems like a perfect fit for the Bengals.

  83. punkyqb says: Apr 12, 2013 12:50 PM

    And with Detroit’s 1st pick.LOL

  84. greysolon says: Apr 12, 2013 12:51 PM

    Ten free tests before suspension?!? That’s GOT to help recruiting.

  85. eaglesnd18 says: Apr 12, 2013 12:52 PM

    The NCAA is corrupt. They only explore non-SEC schools for suspensions. Scam Newton….easily was paid. Alabama has something going on. LSU is just a weed program.

  86. jm91rs says: Apr 12, 2013 12:54 PM

    cornellsteelers says: Apr 12, 2013 11:12 AM

    “The NFL team that drafts Mathieu will need to be convinced that he’s telling the truth.”

    Or the Bengals.

    ______________________________

    If I’m a Steelers fan like you, I’m hoping that’s not the case. This kid’s talent isn’t something that you can question, so if he stops using he’ll give your team fits for years.

  87. cantonbound13 says: Apr 12, 2013 12:54 PM

    Bengals type of guy

  88. mogite says: Apr 12, 2013 12:59 PM

    dbones750 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:19 AM

    Once a stoner, always a stoner….trust me.

    Not true. I smoked pot from 14-23 but quit and haven’t smoked it for the last 20+ years. Some people do grow up enough to figure out it doesn’t lead to good things for ones life.

    Having said that I wish him the best if he indeed quit it but I’d rather my Niners not take a chance on him.

  89. cali49er707 says: Apr 12, 2013 1:01 PM

    A lot of people sure make comments as if they’re perfect!!!

    Don’t forget when you were young & dumb!!!!

  90. getyourownname says: Apr 12, 2013 1:07 PM

    When Les Miles said they were cutting him, he alluded to “certain standards” they have at LSU.

    What exactly ARE those standards?

  91. bigbamboom1 says: Apr 12, 2013 1:08 PM

    Actually a sad story. This kid is clearly pathologically addicted to drugs. This problem will not go away for any team who drafts him. The drug pushers will follow this cash cow around whereever he goes. They are nothing but viral, human parasites. An the kid has almost a hopeless ability to resist them because of his addiction. It probably won’t impact affect his ability to play at all. Because he adjusted to it. But it could become a PR nightmare for any team who drafts him, with expectation that the problem is in the past. The drug user lifestyle will stay with him like a virus. To keep him addicted and drain his money.

    My prediction is he will go in the 4th or 5th round to a team like the Patriots. Who took a similar player like Aquib Talib, with similar problems. They’ll just use him up and drop him if he becomes a distraction.

  92. dirtybird70 says: Apr 12, 2013 1:12 PM

    cali49er707 says:
    Apr 12, 2013 1:01 PM

    A lot of people sure make comments as if they’re perfect!!!

    Don’t forget when you were young & dumb!!!!
    **********************************************
    Yes but the majority of us did not have a big payday and life changing opportunity on the line. And to make the same mistake and get caught 10+ times? As Bugs Bunny would say….What a maroon!

  93. bulldogslc says: Apr 12, 2013 1:21 PM

    I’m a huge fan of self-accountabiliy…but LSU and the NCAA deserve some of the blame for not showing the kid some consequences earlier. It’s their fault for allowing him to believe he could get away with it.

  94. Deb says: Apr 12, 2013 1:21 PM

    First, as long as college players are drinking themselves into oblivion at frat parties with the full approval of fans, I don’t want to hear any holier-than-thou judgments about Tyrann Mathieu’s marijuana habit. The only difference between these two drugs is that pot isn’t repeatedly cited as a causal factor in rapes and domestic violence cases.

    Second, Mathieu’s failed tests were for use of a synthetic marijuana which–at the time–was not banned by the NCAA nor illegal under state or federal law.

    Would his substance abuse history concern me as a coach? Yes, as would a history of alcohol abuse. But the kid is super talented and has been clean since October. He deserves a chance.

  95. justintuckrule says: Apr 12, 2013 1:23 PM

    Listen to all of the obviously biased 49ers fans chiming in. I’m surprised they have time to write. Isn’t this harvesting season?

  96. hugejazz says: Apr 12, 2013 1:25 PM

    OK NCAA. So you can fail over 10 drug tests and play for LSU. But take ONE meal from an agent or coach and you’re history.

  97. stersarepigs says: Apr 12, 2013 1:26 PM

    Come to Minnesota! Since Percy left I have an overflow of inventory!

  98. randomcommenter says: Apr 12, 2013 1:27 PM

    This isn’t about whether you think weed is bad or not. The point is that it was something he was not allowed to do and he kept doing it even after being caught.

    It shows that he is not a team player. He will follow whaveter rules he feels like.

    Besides, he’s totally overrated. He played in a secondary with guys like Patrick Peterson so Matthieu was allowed to freelance.

    Bama exploited him in the title game because he is not a smart player. He is easily fooled and is 5’8 and only ran 4.5. That means he does not have the elite speed of a guy like Polamalu who can get away with guessing because he can get back in position. Nor does Matthieu have the smarts or instincts of Ed Reed.

  99. chief67 says: Apr 12, 2013 1:27 PM

    If it means millions of dollars , you would think he could stop smoking weed for awhile .

  100. mogite says: Apr 12, 2013 1:29 PM

    lunarpie says: Apr 12, 2013 11:37 AM

    Where’s the poll that asks all the players about alchohol consumption. Alchohol is legal poison and kills thousands every year. Cigarettes are even worse! This while marijauna has zero long term effects on the brain and is called a gateway drug. Alchohol is the gateway king to all drugs!!!!

    _____________________________________

    Your right that alcohol & cigarettes are bad and that it doesn’t make sense that marijuana is illegal when both of them are legal for the most part but that doesn’t mean that pot for recreational use should be legalized. Also, your wrong about it not having long term effects as well as it not being a gateway drug. Just because both those facts aren’t true for every person who has ever smoked it doesn’t mean it’s not the case for others. I smoked it for 10 years, give or take, and even though I was smart enough to quit it over 20 years ago I still have issues with my memory from the effects it had on my brain. I also believe I would have most likely done more with my life during the time I spent getting high & doing not much else. I have also sat in Al-Anon, AA, NA(Narcotics Anonymous), and drug rehab center meetings where I’ve heard numerous people talk about how pot was their starting point on the road to “harder” drugs. That’s the definition of a gateway drug.

    Nothing the Pro Legalization community can say can change those facts. Trying to squash the voices of those who have had or are witness to the negative effects of smoking pot will do so either.

  101. eightysixisback says: Apr 12, 2013 1:30 PM

    bkostela says:
    in another topic, just because weed will soon be legal in more states than it is not, that doesn’t mean the NFL won’t still ban it. last i checked, adderall is legal in more states than not, and we all know about those suspensions.

    Adderall is legal in all states WITH A PRESCRIPTION. It is illegal in all states without a prescription. It is legal in the NFL if the player has a prescription for it also. If was legal in all states without a prescription then it might not be banned by the NFL. Hopefully marijuana will be legal in all states without a prescription in the near future, it is far less dangerous than a lot of legal things. (including adderrall) I would guess that if the law does change the NFL’s stance on it will too. I do have to say though that even though i think pot should be legal and this kid has tons of potential, i would be hesitant to draft him unless it was in a later round because as someone above said he is not much help if he isn’t on the field and i think that is a huge concern with him. The way things are at the moment he will be suspended if he test positive and there seems to be a pretty good chance of that happening at some point.

  102. michiganhockey11 says: Apr 12, 2013 1:43 PM

    “If he flunked 10 tests before they suspended him, it shows that he got no kind of help,” the coach said.”

    That, or maybe he could care less about the cause of the failed tests.

    Son, you ever go up against Megatron, he will put you in your place.

  103. granadafan says: Apr 12, 2013 1:45 PM

    People are really missing the point here. The debate isn’t whether or not pot should be legalized or not, it’s that weed is illegal NOW and is against the rules of the NCAA and universities. He broke the law and team rules, continually. Tyrone clearly has no respect or discipline for rules. This wasn’t just a couple times, it was multiple times. Shame on Tyrone and his parent(s). Shame on LSU and Les Miles for allowing a drug addict on the team and not doing anything about it just because he was a “star”.

    Buyer beware with Honeybooboo.

  104. jtm12180 says: Apr 12, 2013 1:53 PM

    tjacks7 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:11 AM

    Some program, LSU. Why doesn’t the NCAA look into anything worthwhile?

    —————————————————

    They’re too busy harassing teams like South Carolina for a few players staying in a hotel. But it’s not just the NCAA….our entire country has priorities out of whack!

  105. bonzai2oo says: Apr 12, 2013 2:12 PM

    What I really want to know is how does he keep those shorts on? They’re huge on him!

  106. waxthat says: Apr 12, 2013 2:16 PM

    I’d take him in the first round. He’s a playmaker and is going to make one fanbase very pleased.

    Marijuana should be legalized, most of us realize that. Are players being tested for alcohol? No. Should they be for Marijuana? No. Are many people still ignorant to the ‘drug’? Yes.

    This plant has saved lives and eased many pains. Let it go already.

  107. howiehandles says: Apr 12, 2013 2:26 PM

    “This plant has saved lives”

    Where is the documentation that it has saved lives?

    I agree that it should be legal, especially with the stuff the FDA approves, but saved lives? LOL The point is that it’s illegal now, and what makes you want to invest millions in him, with that sort of disregard for rules and laws? 1 or 2 I could see, but 10? Didn’t he only play a year or two in school?

    And no one is taking him in the first round. If an SEC school dumps him because he’s out of control, do you think the NFL is going to spend a high pick on him? He may have been a playmaker in college, but 5’8″ corners, good luck with that in the pros.

  108. cali49er707 says: Apr 12, 2013 2:30 PM

    @Dirty bird

    Solid point my man!!! Your right!!

  109. acorp11 says: Apr 12, 2013 2:38 PM

    Good for him for manning up and admitting to it. Jimmy Smith lied to teams in his draft year saying he only got arrested once. Whoever gets Matheiu is going to get a heck of a player!

  110. selbyrj82 says: Apr 12, 2013 2:50 PM

    who cares if the guy smokes some pot. the fact that athletes are tested for anything other than performance enhancing drugs is beyond me, especially marijuana. Marijuana, and other by definition of the law illicit drugs that are not otherwise classified as performance enhancing drugs are going to have no advantageous effect on the field. Who are we to judge a player or a program by whether or not he tokes up once in a while? seriously, if you actually care whether or not Tyron Mathieu or any other payer smokes pot, you need to find some more worthwhile things to care about.

  111. nawlinssaints1956 says: Apr 12, 2013 2:52 PM

    Tyrann’s own agent said the statement isn’t accurate. Nice that an NFL assistant coach can be anonymous and make any judgement he wants. Let’s see this play out; some of you are really jumping the gun on trashing Miles & LSU.

  112. patriots420 says: Apr 12, 2013 2:59 PM

    I can relate. It sounds bad but if you can get away with failing DT’s why stop smoking? He can stop if he has to. Legalization should be a front and center of the political landscape instead of gay marriage, it effects far more people.

    Thought from a fellow stoner.

  113. mkmoorebrowns says: Apr 12, 2013 3:04 PM

    Hey Mogite.

    If you are experiencing memory problems 20 years after pot, I guarantee it was just the 20 years and not the pot that effected you. Guarantee it. Or if you took a lot of LSD back in you “party days”.

  114. jwreck says: Apr 12, 2013 3:21 PM

    Wow, a lot of negativity here. Seems like if he’s being honest enough to admit ten failed drug tests to prospective teams, he may have actually turned a corner. Ten is a lot. By freely putting that damning information out there it looks like he’s really ready to make a change. If he did not admit to how many drug tests he had failed, and it was found out later, he’d most likely never get an NFL job.

    By letting coaches know the worst early, he’s gotten out ahead of his past misdeeds and allowed coaches to view him as a football player who’s made giant mistakes in the past, not a giant mistake made to look like a football player.

  115. whatjusthapped says: Apr 12, 2013 3:41 PM

    If he likes weed that much when he was basically flat broke as a college student, just imagine what he will do once he signs a pro contract.

  116. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 12, 2013 3:50 PM

    @mgdsquiggy17

    Just to clarify myself, I don’t think these kind of issues are isolated to only LSU at all. I believe corruption is widespread throughout college football.
    However it does seem to me that the NCAA arbitrarily picks and chooses which schools they decide to go after.

  117. theclaim says: Apr 12, 2013 3:52 PM

    bkostela says:
    Apr 12, 2013 12:10 PM
    the kid may have “talent” but he is dumb as a rock and has the potential of getting suspended given his drug use history. i don’t care how good he is, if he’s not on the field, he’s no use to a team.

    in another topic, just because weed will soon be legal in more states than it is not, that doesn’t mean the NFL won’t still ban it. last i checked, adderall is legal in more states than not, and we all know about those suspensions.

     Don’t know WHERE you checked, but no… Adderall is a controlled substance. It’s DEFINITLEY NOT legal in more states than not. If your guideline for LEGAL is a prescription then Morphine, Oxycontin(synthetic heroin) and…..Weed are ALL Legal

  118. FlyFromTheInside says: Apr 12, 2013 5:21 PM

    Undrafted…..no GM wants that on his record if he fails a drug test, especially after all the scrutiny

  119. mogite says: Apr 12, 2013 7:23 PM

    mkmoorebrowns says:
    Apr 12, 2013 3:04 PM
    Hey Mogite.

    If you are experiencing memory problems 20 years after pot, I guarantee it was just the 20 years and not the pot that effected you. Guarantee it. Or if you took a lot of LSD back in you “party days”.

    ______________________________________________

    You guarantee it? Based on what? Your in depth knowledge of my life circumstances? Your just making yourself sound like a fool now. I didn’t say my memory issues just started 20 years after the fact. I’ve had short term memory issues since my mid-late 20s. Kind of hard to attribute that to age my friend. There are studies that have shown that pot use can effect memory. Of course you don’t want that to be the case as it adversely effects your “pit is harmless” stance. As for your LSD comment, I never tried the hard stuff.

  120. xli2006 says: Apr 12, 2013 7:40 PM

    If it’s Pot… who cares?

    No worse than Alcohol or Tobacco. I’d take him at Corner if he falls in the draft, plus the offer is on the table to come over and burn one.

  121. bryco9 says: Apr 12, 2013 8:31 PM

    Addiction is defined by the amount of consequences that occur due to ones use. If you can smoke weed for years and have no problems (not likely) then you’re not an addict. Clearly there are consequences here and would have been more if self-serving, ignorant people in his life hadn’t shielded him from them.

  122. dabillsrule says: Apr 13, 2013 8:10 AM

    …and marijuana affects his ability to play football or any other aspect of his life in what way? Weed ha got to be the stupidest reason anybody could ever receive any type of disciplinary action, no matter who you are or what you do. He could show up to every practice and game high and no one would ever know the difference.

  123. griznationrules says: Apr 13, 2013 10:20 AM

    LSU Lets Smoke Up

  124. mogite says: Apr 13, 2013 4:13 PM

    dabillsrule says: Apr 13, 2013 8:10 AM

    …and marijuana affects his ability to play football or any other aspect of his life in what way? Weed ha got to be the stupidest reason anybody could ever receive any type of disciplinary action, no matter who you are or what you do. He could show up to every practice and game high and no one would ever know the difference.

    _____________________________________

    Spoken like a true stoner. Your parents must be so proud!

    If for no other reason than the fact that it slows your response time on the field any coach or school athletics administrator who doesn’t care if their players are playing under the influence should be in another line of work. Just one of numerous reasons it’s not acceptable.

    Of course I don’t expect you to read this and admit it’s validity since it would fly in the face of your wanting to get high and have no repercussions from it.

  125. joshtanney says: Apr 13, 2013 10:08 PM

    Kid’s only 20 years old, people change. I believe teams will regret passing on this kid, Passing on a guy because of minor off the field issues seems silly to me. From Te’os stock “falling” because of the online thing to this, it seems like a guy has to be spotless at the young age of 20 to be a decent pick. I’m sure the guys with a low pick appreciate teams allowing these guys to drop though, awfully nice gesture.

  126. rukkus1 says: Apr 15, 2013 5:32 AM

    Theres nothing more hypocritical than living in a place where alcohol is sold on every corner, and ganja is demonized by half the population. The same people who think it will destroy the world are probly the same people who drink beer or use pills for various reasons.

    If you are taught the healing benefits of the plant and the proper way to smoke it, it is highly beneficial in many ways. If you use it as a means to party and get wasted, of course it is bad. Anything too much is bad. .. even water.

    I smoke pretty much every day. I am a single father of 3 kids who do great in school, excel in sports, I volunteer at school, I have a very spiritual side to me. My children and I are very productive members of our community.

    Marijuana is my way to maintain physically, emotionally, and even spiritually.

    The only problem with marijuana is the hypocrites who make it a problem, and the people who abuse it.

  127. rukkus1 says: Apr 15, 2013 5:42 AM

    @mogite…

    if weed is so bad, if it impedes on your quit twitch muscles and makes you so retarded…

    how is the most decorated Olympian in all of history a weed head? Michael Phelps.

    Thomas Jefferson smoked weed. One of the most iconic figures and founders of one of the most dynamic civilizations of all time.

    The list could go on.

  128. rukkus1 says: Apr 15, 2013 5:44 AM

    Also, you are one to talk about how someone sounds like a stoner, when you compose an entire paragraph as a run on sentence.

    Typical hypocrite.

  129. thedoubleentandres says: Apr 18, 2013 10:38 AM

    Anyone that thinks weed is not performancing enhancing has yet to see me play Madden stoned

    Unbeatable folks……unbeatable

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