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Mathieu needs to look ahead, not behind

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Yes, those who forget the past are damned to repeat it.  But when it comes to the problems that got cornerback Tryann Mathieu kicked out of LSU, the best approach is to not dredge things up.

Mathieu isn’t happy that someone leaked that he has admitted failing at least 10 drug tests at LSU.  But is anyone really shocked by that he failed 10 drug tests at LSU?

At most colleges, a highly-talented player has to try to get kicked out of school.  At some schools, he has to try repeatedly.

Mathieu ultimately did enough to get kicked out of LSU.  That implies a lot.

The best way to get an NFL team to believe that he has made a break from his past would be to put his past behind him, and to leave it there.  Complaining about the disclosure by NFL teams of facts that resulted in his ejection from the school and defending LSU’s “treatment and recovery efforts” that ultimately failed will do nothing to persuade a team to take a chance on a player with more red flags than Kim Jong-un’s golf course.

Mathieu wants and needs a second chance.  Mathieu needs to realize that, in order to get a second chance, he needs to own completely and thoroughly everything that put him in his current position.  Failing to take the high road on this point could cause some teams to believe he truly hasn’t climbed very far up from the low one.

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26 Responses to “Mathieu needs to look ahead, not behind”
  1. barbeaux says: Apr 13, 2013 1:22 PM

    Just my opinion by observing comments over the course of the year of several LSU players, it seems they thought they should’ve been able to do whatever they wanted….that the LSU coaching staff was putting them through injustice. They have it twisted in their minds. Prolific athletes these days grow up with someone (or a few people) fawning over them for their ability to play a game. Therefore, they end up thinking the rules don’t apply to them.

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Apr 13, 2013 1:23 PM

    His future is here in the Nation’s capitol. The Redskins brass and I think alike and I’m confident to say Mathieu will join this proud franchise and make our elite secondary that much better. #WelcometoWashington

  3. imback03 says: Apr 13, 2013 1:27 PM

    This makes no sense at all, the kid has every right to be upset with his personal medical information being publicly released. He obviously has no problem telling the individual teams about it, but just because you want to play football doesn’t mean everything should be available for public consumption.

  4. tdubdizzle says: Apr 13, 2013 1:37 PM

    Mathieu is going to be good in the league if he gets the right coach. I think he will be similar to Janoris Jenkins if he gets somebody like Jeff Fischer or Mike Tomlin.

  5. greysolon says: Apr 13, 2013 1:39 PM

    “It is irresponsible and shows a lack of integrity for anyone to disclose medical information regardless of how it was gathered,” Mathieu said. “I would expect that conversations regarding my drug testing history during the course of my medical treatment would be private. LSU has a strong drug testing program and LSU went to great lengths to help me in my treatment and recovery. I understand that many people enjoy reading about the negative side of sports, but to publish those second-hand comments without being given a chance to address that comment prior to the publication of the article is irresponsible.”

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    What are the chances that Mathieu said or wrote those words? Approximately ZERO. It is virtually certain that his agent/rep/handler is steering this and if so Mathieu is getting some bad advice.

  6. wrenches2pipes says: Apr 13, 2013 1:49 PM

    Complainers get nowhere. This guy Mathieu needs a handler to tell him when to shut up. That said, I think the Pats should draft him. If only to improve one of the worst defensive backfields in the NFL. Statistics don’t lie.

  7. hasasimo says: Apr 13, 2013 1:53 PM

    “Second chance”? You mean 11th?

  8. nickster31 says: Apr 13, 2013 2:05 PM

    The kid is trying to show some loyalty to his former school. Instead, he should shut up and look towards the future. He should say simply “no comment” and that he is done with the past and looking towards what ever future he may have in the NFL.

  9. nickster31 says: Apr 13, 2013 2:08 PM

    “It is irresponsible and shows a lack of integrity for anyone to disclose medical information regardless of how it was gathered,” Mathieu said. “I would expect that conversations regarding my drug testing history during the course of my medical treatment would be private. LSU has a strong drug testing program and LSU went to great lengths to help me in my treatment and recovery. I understand that many people enjoy reading about the negative side of sports, but to publish those second-hand comments without being given a chance to address that comment prior to the publication of the article is irresponsible.”

    Lets be honest here. Weed is NOTHING like coke, pills or any of the REAL drugs. There is NEVER a time, and I have known MANY MANY MANY MANY pot heads where one was so desperate to get there hand on it that they were dying. Also, no one ever in the history of the world has overdosed on pot. Him failing all of those drug tests is simply not wanting to conform to the rules that were laid out in front of him.

    Lets be honest and say the kid failed those drug tests because he did not care about the consequences, and THAT is the issue that NFL teams are going to have to deal with.

  10. nickster31 says: Apr 13, 2013 2:11 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Apr 13, 2013 1:23 PM
    His future is here in the Nation’s capitol. The Redskins brass and I think alike

    And THAT is why the Redskins have not had a Super Bowl victory since 1992.

  11. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: Apr 13, 2013 2:12 PM

    An NFL team leaked this info to tank his draft stock so they can get him in the 5th or 6th round instead of the 2nd or 3rd round. His draft stock has been rapidly shooting up, so this makes sense during smokescreen season.

  12. rj5352882 says: Apr 13, 2013 2:13 PM

    He’s a loser………you will not see him play for the Giants. Even if he’s undrafted. The Yankees might sign him.

  13. GenXJay says: Apr 13, 2013 2:15 PM

    Sounds like a normal college experience. Dealing it is another story.

  14. rwmilli says: Apr 13, 2013 2:15 PM

    Haha to the skin fan who thinks his secondary is ” elite “

  15. pjhurley5 says: Apr 13, 2013 2:18 PM

    “This makes no sense at all, the kid has every right to be upset with his personal medical information being publicly released. He obviously has no problem telling the individual teams about it, but just because you want to play football doesn’t mean everything should be available for public consumption.”
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    I agree with this 100%…

  16. germanstingray says: Apr 13, 2013 2:32 PM

    I’m incredulous that he failed so many drug tests. He had been practicing really hard for them.

  17. rj5352882 says: Apr 13, 2013 2:41 PM

    pjhurley5 says:Apr 13, 2013 2:18 PM

    “This makes no sense at all, the kid has every right to be upset with his personal medical information being publicly released. He obviously has no problem telling the individual teams about it, but just because you want to play football doesn’t mean everything should be available for public consumption.”
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    I agree with this 100%…

    ………….I want some of what your smoking………

  18. deltaoracle says: Apr 13, 2013 3:41 PM

    Why would anyone get a chance to fail “at least” ten drug tests while playing college football? Failed one. Okay, let’s test again to be sure it was right. Yep, failed. Well, give the kid another chance. Failed another one. Doesn’t “Buh-bye” happen then? Or sometime, y’know, before the next seven times?

  19. redandgold11 says: Apr 13, 2013 3:50 PM

    Clearly this kid is owning up to everything that happened at LSU. Otherwise he would not have disclosed information about failed drug tests that would otherwise have stayed private to NFL teams. He has every right to be upset at the unnamed source who put his personal information out there for the world to see. If NFL teams want these kids to be truthful and forthcoming in these interviews, they should do a better job of making sure the information they give stays confidential.

  20. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 13, 2013 3:53 PM

    I completely understand why NFL teams want to know about his past before they invest in his future.

    A player who is suspended isn’t much help to a team is he?

  21. seanb20124 says: Apr 13, 2013 4:27 PM

    Reminds me of the mother Jones story on Mitch McConnell. And publishing leaked material should be a crime

  22. mrw423 says: Apr 13, 2013 4:30 PM

    How can you say “deserves a second chance” (or even “another” chance) when he has failed a drug test MORE than ten times?

    What has he done to deserve the (at minimum), 11th chance?

  23. pftfollower says: Apr 13, 2013 4:40 PM

    Tha overall point about leaving the past behind is valid, as to the rest of this one, not so much.

    If he gave cookie cutter answers, like” its in the past or it is what it is”‘ you’d be writing “teams aren’t gonna be satisfied with that”

    If he called out LSU ‘s handling of addiction, you’d be writing “blaming LSU when it is your fault is immature”

    Biggest problem is this article implies that the success or failure of one individual (who is at least currently clean), is an accurate reflection of a treatment program, it is not.

    Go to the best treatment centers in the world, I assure you it is full of two things. Patients that have relapsed, and memorandums for those that lost or quit the fight and died. Call out Andy Reid and his family for not helping Garret. He lost or quit the fight, so that means they didn’t do enough according to your logic.

  24. gammynomnom says: Apr 13, 2013 4:42 PM

    Wonder how much Florio would let the past stay in the past if the Cowboys drafted this guy?

  25. sbdt says: Apr 13, 2013 6:59 PM

    Filler.

  26. jpb12 says: Apr 14, 2013 7:51 AM

    Kid has been very honest about his situation. He’s right to be upset that his ‘confidential’ Combine interview comments were leaked.

    He’s showing more integrity now than the adults in the NFL

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