LSU's 'Honey Badger' Mathieu arrested on drug charge
Tyrann "Honey Badger" Mathieu was a Heisman finalist in the 2011 college football season.
October 25th, 2012
10:21 PM ET

LSU's 'Honey Badger' Mathieu arrested on drug charge

Tyrann "Honey Badger" Mathieu - a Heisman Trophy finalist last year at Louisiana State University, only to be suspended from the football team months later - was arrested Thursday on a drug charge, Baton Rouge police said.

Police initially responded to an apartment complex in the Louisiana city after getting a complaint about a person trying to force his way in through a security gate, the Baton Rouge Police Department announced in a news release.

Officers eventually tracked the man to one apartment unit and knocked, with Mathieu opening the door and consenting to a request to search the apartment, police said.

Police found three other men - one of them allegedly the man who  tried to force his way past the gate– as well as a marijuana grinder, digital scale and 10 bags of "high-grade marijuana."

Along with another young man, Mathieu was charged with simple possession of marijuana. The two others face charges of 2nd offense simple possession of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute the drug, according to police.

"All four men are being booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish prison," police said.

As a Heisman finalist, Mathieu was considered one of college football's five best players last year. But he was dismissed in August from the Tigers by head coach Les Miles, who didn't specify the alleged transgressions but did say, "We have a standard that our players are held to. And when that standard is not met, there are consequences."

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  1. I'magatorfan

    Such a sad story. This kid had such promise but threw it away because he couldn't follow the rules. It's not an argument over whether pot should be legal or whether its no worse than other legal substances such as alcohol, nor does it have anything to do with his race as some have commented here, its that it was against LSU & NCAA rules. He broke those rules not just once but over & over again. So sadly he had to pay the price. I hope he gets his life together, finishes college and maybe goes on to play in the NFL someday. I heard he is or was living in south Florida with a former LSU player who is trying to mentor him so maybe he has matured, learned from his mistakes & will be successful in whatever he chooses to do with the rest of his life!

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