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Mathieu makes bad impression on current player with history of off-field issues

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Regardless of whether cornerback Tyrann Mathieu gets the benefit of the doubt from NFL teams for canceling a pair of visits last week due to an illness, Mathieu didn’t get the benefit of the doubt from one of the veteran players he met while making visits.

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, a current player who has overcome his own history of off-field issues came emerged from the meeting with Mathieu with a negative impression of Mathieu’s current attitude and motivation.

Specifically, Mathieu expressed to the player a desire to make money, not a desire to put in the work necessary to become a great player.

We’re usually leery of this kind of chatter in the days prior to the draft, but this isn’t an expression of opinion from a scout with a possible desire to see a player fall into the lap of the scout’s team.  It’s an assessment of things actually said by Mathieu at a time when Mathieu was talking not to coaches or scouts but to a player who soon will be one of Mathieu’s NFL peers.

While there’s still hope for Mathieu, his journey toward maturity will entail much more than avoiding marijuana.  In the assessment of the player who interacted with Mathieu, he also will need to learn the value and importance of hard work and commitment.

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38 Responses to “Mathieu makes bad impression on current player with history of off-field issues”
  1. deathonwings410 says: Apr 23, 2013 11:51 PM

    A lot of players feel that way, but aren’t simple minded enough to say it out loud. Smh.

  2. briansalo1 says: Apr 23, 2013 11:56 PM

    Who is it? This article makes no sense without saying who it is. If he left a bad taste with Pacman Jones or Mike Vick, that’s saying something. If it’s someone along the lines of Brian Banks who was wrong place, wrong time, wrongly accused, that’s a whole different story.

  3. kcflake says: Apr 24, 2013 12:08 AM

    I would literaallly draft. Leon sanndcastle before taking a shot on this herb connessuir.

  4. progunk says: Apr 24, 2013 12:12 AM

    Perhaps the front office urged a player to make an accusation like this to push the Badger down the draft. He certainly won’t be the only player on whatever team drafts him that’ll be in it for the money. If he can play and pass a drug test or ten, who cares?

  5. scadevage says: Apr 24, 2013 12:14 AM

    My moneys on Pacman…I could also see Cincinnati drafting him next year given their track record with reclamation players

  6. therealbigben says: Apr 24, 2013 12:14 AM

    Guarantee its Ryan Leaf. Leaf told him to “BACK OFF!!” after the Honey Badger couldn’t hook him up with some pills.

  7. explosionsauce says: Apr 24, 2013 12:20 AM

    College football player eager and excited to get paid for the hard work. What a terrible person. Did he specifically say he doesn’t care about working hard or was he just talking to a player about finally getting paid? Because unless he specifically said both “I don’t care about working hard I just want money” then there is nothing to it.

    Everybody wants to get paid.

  8. larryboodry says: Apr 24, 2013 12:30 AM

    I’m curious who it was, too.

  9. mempusa says: Apr 24, 2013 12:31 AM

    maybe he needs cash to start his crop in CO?

  10. fdugrad says: Apr 24, 2013 12:43 AM

    If this meathead’s stock drops any lower, he will have to PAY to play in the NFL!!

  11. tdubdizzle says: Apr 24, 2013 12:46 AM

    Tyrann Mathieu has an ego.

  12. firestarter0728 says: Apr 24, 2013 12:46 AM

    The Bengals are printing up his jersey as we speak.

  13. tdubdizzle says: Apr 24, 2013 12:48 AM

    Still laughing at the comment about Tyrann Mathieu buying a pound of weed and getting high with Towley. Haha Dont forget to bring a towel!

  14. nygiantstones says: Apr 24, 2013 12:51 AM

    How about Chris Carter? He fits the profile and as a media member, would be given access.

  15. j4man1 says: Apr 24, 2013 12:57 AM

    Name one player who doesn’t have the desire to earn money.

  16. j4man1 says: Apr 24, 2013 12:58 AM

    Name one player who doesn’t have the desire to make money.

  17. watchdawg1103 says: Apr 24, 2013 1:16 AM

    I don’t think there is a person alive who doesn’t want to make money being a pro athlete. I just hope for him he doesn’t use it all to buy weed. I have no issues if a team drafts him since he did have some talent. He will probably go in the 3rd round or later. He will find out fast if this is all a facade just to make money so he can return to his bad behavior, he will be out of a job quick!

  18. listerineman says: Apr 24, 2013 1:19 AM

    i hope this guy doent get a call this week from my team.

  19. mullman76 says: Apr 24, 2013 1:38 AM

    It is also the time of year when teams leak information/misinformation in hopes that he may slide down the board a bit.

  20. hawkstradamus says: Apr 24, 2013 1:56 AM

    We’ve seen the Seahawks and 49ers use high picks on situation pass rushers and in both cases it has worked out quite well. So could a trueNickel back that can cover the slot in space and make open field tackles have increased value as the league gets more and more pass happy?

  21. musicman495 says: Apr 24, 2013 2:03 AM

    Wow. Sounds like we have a lot of space to fill between now and Thursday at 8:00 PM ET.

  22. vikingsgohard says: Apr 24, 2013 2:12 AM

    I’m confident he doesn’t need assistants pushing himself down the broads lol … Reminds me of Jim Carey in liar liar ” what the hell are you doing…what’s it look like ..I’m kickin my own azzzzzz!!!!” Lmao

  23. simonkuntz says: Apr 24, 2013 2:31 AM

    How do you think you make money? You put in the hard work and practice to stay in the league. If you aren’t good at what you do in the NFL then you are not going to make any money, you will not be signed by a team. This is being blown way out of context. Who can blame someone for wanting to make money. Give the Honey Badger a break.

  24. lilmiddle78 says: Apr 24, 2013 2:38 AM

    There have been plenty of players succeed in the league who’s primary motivation was $$$, not glory or championships!! If he trains and prepares, works hard and performs well for the money, that’s still a guy performing at a high level. Lots of players put in the work and do their job the best they possibly can for no other reason than the potential of signing their next big deal!!

  25. rcali says: Apr 24, 2013 3:08 AM

    I’m pretty sure most players Are focused on the cash. This is why there is now a rookie wage scale.

  26. swaggyy says: Apr 24, 2013 4:05 AM

    I hope the Seahawks draft him if he’s still there in the 3rd round. Does anyone realize how many guys in the NFL now smoked weed all the time in college? Like 75% of Oregons roster tokes. I’m sure Tyrann’s team mates will keep him in check at the next level. He’s gonna be a stud player. Who gives a crap what one unnamed player thought.

  27. larondontlikeugly says: Apr 24, 2013 4:10 AM

    I have a horrible feeling Shanahan is going to have another ‘Maurice Clarett’ moment with this punk.

  28. tjacks7 says: Apr 24, 2013 4:25 AM

    Current player with off the field issues.. Hmm, that narrows it down to 75% of the league.

  29. rcali says: Apr 24, 2013 4:44 AM

    Mathieu Passed A Drug Test! Now if he could only pass the Wonderlic. Oh, I forgot, this site refuses to acknowledge the Wonderlic even though every NFL team uses it as part of their evaluation process.

  30. tincansailor981 says: Apr 24, 2013 5:05 AM

    Aren’t they all in it to make money? Give him a chance, if he doesn’t work out, then cut him. Simple.

  31. nobreak1269 says: Apr 24, 2013 5:28 AM

    Once again-Florio invents a story.Name the player or don’t write the report. Bogus.

  32. steelerdynasty2010 says: Apr 24, 2013 7:22 AM

    what kills me about this is that all this negative info comes out and they draft the guy anyway. you expect him to grow and mature, but you’ll draft him anyway and throw lots of money his way, then cry when it doesnt work. we have a sick system. all you teach this guys is that talent trumps all so dont complain when you end up with a turd. should’ve paid attention to all the red flags.

  33. vincentbojackson says: Apr 24, 2013 8:04 AM

    Somebody’s gonna take a huge gamble on this guy, probably as high as the third round. In my opinion, there’s too much risk for any serious team to consider drafting him.

    That being said, he’d be a perfect fit for that NY Jets circus.

  34. hatesycophants says: Apr 24, 2013 8:26 AM

    This is a gigantic pile of crap. Poorly written as usual. This gossip is no more credible than any other obvious attempt to disparage a player immediately before the draft.

  35. CKL says: Apr 24, 2013 9:03 AM

    I read the recent ESPN magazine profile on this kid and I have to say it sure doesn’t sound like a wise choice for his agent et al to isolate him in an apartment with not much to do. Seems like it’s a nightmare scenario for someone who is struggling with drugs. I’m thinking he needs to have a couple good people around him, maybe even a roommate, who will be a good influence for the times he gets bored and figures drugs are the solution.

  36. bobby2478 says: Apr 24, 2013 9:17 AM

    If he did in fact express concern only about making money (which all players want), and mentioned nothing of the intense work ethic he’ll have to contribute to be a great player, then that is definitely something to be concerned about.

    Players with loads of physical talent can just play in college and be good, without having to dedicate much time to improving. That won’t work in the NFL. In the NFL, your physical talent is matched or exceeded by just about every other player in the league. The only way to be a GREAT player in the NFL is to have the drive and put in the long hours necessary to constantly improve.

    Teams would be wise to see just how committed he is to becoming a great player. If he’s more concerned about making money, then this guy isn’t worth much more then a late round pick.

  37. FinFan68 says: Apr 24, 2013 9:36 AM

    It has been obvious for quite a while that this kid has character issues and will have motivation problems . Only naive fans think he has turned it around. This just adds to the perception. Buyer beware.

  38. bayouranch says: Apr 24, 2013 4:26 PM

    Dallas hall of famer Michael Iving?

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