Mathieu missed two visits last week due to illness

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As Tyrann Mathieu tries to shed his “Honey Badger” vibe, he can’t afford to flirt with any type of controversy, whether it’s his fault or not.

Jay Glazer of FOX reports that Mathieu missed a couple of team visits last week.

Mathieu supposedly was ill.  For teams that are extra-leery of Mathieu, it may not matter.

There’s no reason to believe Mathieu was pulling a Ferris Bueller.  But with his history, it’s hard to get the benefit of the doubt, on anything.

Then again, it could be that Mathieu decided he’s had enough of being bombarded with the same questions about the same topics.  With 32 teams that feel completely entitled to poke and prod any and every prospect they choose, people forget that, for the individual kids, it can eventually get old.  Mathieu may have gotten to the point where he’d simply had enough.

Draft me, don’t draft me.  Just quit asking me the same damn questions over and over again.

Good luck finding any 21- or 22-year-old who wouldn’t eventually reach that breaking point.

47 responses to “Mathieu missed two visits last week due to illness

  1. Here’s a partial list of the teams which Mathieu was scheduled to visit/has visited:

    Pats
    Niners
    Cards
    Vikings
    Bucs
    Bengals
    Texans
    Sea Hawks

    Plus ESPN flew him out for a photo shoot/interview.

    Wish we knew which teams he missed. Most likely ones he may not have been interested in playing for…

  2. The bengals seem to have the most interest in him for a fourth round pick. If they do pick him in the fourth, I sure hope mike zimmer turns this kid around. He has talent, but a terrible attitude.

  3. I hope the Hawks don’t sign him. He’d prob’ly want to be the star of every RealRobReport.

  4. Weed isn’t cheap. Mathieu doesn’t have an education to fall back on, so he might want to show some patience and answer the damn questions, no matter how many times he’s asked.

  5. I can’t imagine a player with his upside lasting until the third round. Some team will take a chance on him in the second.

  6. LSU fan, and he was exciting to watch…

    But knowing all the drama with this diva in Baton Rouge…

    The multiple-multi second chances he was given…

    If I’m a GM, there’s absolutely no way I want this headache – no freaking way…

    He’s a headcase living in his own world with no regard to those he harms because of their attachment to him…

    Let him flip burgers and bag groceries – if he has any redeeming qualities another year off will help him or he’ll be in Angola or some other state mandatory residency…

  7. At this point, some teams are probably as sick of his attitude as he is sick of answering their questions.

    Good player? yes. Possibly great player? Yes. Pain in the a**? Definitely.

  8. I would not be surprised at all if the pats took him, say if they move out of the first round and pick up an early 3rd in addition to the meat and potato’s of the deal. he wont last until the end of the 3rd round.

  9. So a guy gets sick. It happens.

    Mikey Boy Brown, go get him.

    Roll the dice my friend. Bengals have a zillion picks in this draft.

  10. This kid is a mess.. I can see him either going to the Raiders (love speed), Chiefs (Reid loves head cases) Eagles (Kelly put his athletic skills to work), or the Steelers/Pats/Giants taking a gamble late since they have strong player & coach leadership

  11. “Good luck finding any 21- or 22-year-old who wouldn’t eventually reach that breaking point”

    Is that a joke? I suspect there are many, many, many 21- or 22-year-olds who would be thrilled to tolerate some significant harassment for the opportunity to play a game for a living, and make millions of dollars for doing so.

  12. packerbackernj says:
    Apr 23, 2013 6:22 PM
    Him and towlie bought a pound and played okama gamesphere for a week. Don’t forget to bring a towel.

    —————————————-

    You know once he gets to the NFL he’s gonna use his special getting high powers.

    (C’mon PFT South Park reference!)

  13. Is that a joke? I suspect there are many, many, many 21- or 22-year-olds who would be thrilled to tolerate some significant harassment for the opportunity to play a game for a living, and make millions of dollars for doing so.
    ———————————————————-

    And you’d be stone cold wrong. There aren’t many 21 or 22-year olds with the talent, pedigree and experience to have a shot at being harassed for the opportunity to play a game for a living and make millions for doing so.

    There are only a handful of guys that meet this criteria….which is why they’re worth millions to team owners.

    Every spring a-holes pretend they know how to read the soul of a man and then talk about what they think they know.

    And then there are those who comment on all of it.

  14. “Good luck finding any 21- or 22-year-old who wouldn’t eventually reach that breaking point.”

    —–

    Cry me a f***ing river. There are hundreds who do it every year for the chance at making millions and there are many, many more who would do it for free.

  15. His best shot at a career is starting to look like moving to Colorado and providing “product” to folks who “need” it…

  16. I hope this kid makes it .he is fun to watch ,but I have a feeling the lure of Ganga might be too much.

  17. Him and towlie bought a pound and played okama gamesphere for a week. Don’t forget to bring a towel.
    *************************************

    so good.
    “i got it…thats the tune to funky town!”

  18. Mathieu shouldn’t worry about what teams think of his off the field problems as much as the fact that despite being a good special teamer with a knack for stripping the ball when he gets to play a college-style “rover” position, he gets beat like a drum when he actually has to cover somebody.

  19. Perfect fit for the Steelers, they have “head case’ vacancy since they gave Harrison the boot. Honey badger on “D’ with Sweet britches Polamolu would be awesome! then post game they could shampoo and admire each others famous hair.

  20. Him and towlie bought a pound and played okama gamesphere for a week. Don’t forget to bring a towel.

    LMAO!!!!!!

  21. Grow up. These are your first job interviews. Forget the comparison to “normal” 21-22 year olds. Most of them aren’t expected to make millions in their first year or two of work.
    “Draft me, don’t draft me”? Serious character issues here. Perfect fit for the Bengals.

  22. I am an LSU fan. I have never heard anything about him being a diva or having a bad attitude. His problem was failed drug tests. His coaches loved the way he worked hard and played hard. His teammates loved him. Sure he talked trash on the field, but he was not a diva with a bad attitude.

  23. Mike, as a lawyer, you ought to know that 90% of your post was speculation and conjecture. The facts you presented were that he missed some interviews. He claimed it was illness. The rest of your post was your speculation. OBJECTION, your honor!

  24. Lmao @ the guy who said Tyrann was getting high with Towley. Classic. Im rooting for Mathieu but i dont want him on my team. I hope the Steelers get him because i bet Mike Tomlin could really help the kid out and elevate his game.

  25. @the claim. I TOLD U PAT!!!!! Lol tyrann stays with the same colors he wore in college SKOL
    Besides TheSkolBandit makes the best honey oil badger lands in minny berg.
    BANDIT

  26. theskolbandit says:
    Apr 23, 2013 11:27 PM
    @the claim. I TOLD U PAT!!!!! Lol tyrann stays with the same colors he wore in college SKOL
    Besides TheSkolBandit makes the best honey oil badger lands in minny berg.
    BANDIT

    It’s True! SKOLBANDIT oil is truly heady. That’s why the badg needs to come to DC. SKOLBANDIT will end up getting him a suspension Berg! HAIL

  27. His Grandpa Walter had trouble has a youth but went on to star in “grumpy old men” & grumpier & win an Oscar both filmed in Viking country by the way

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