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."

Post by:
Filed under: College football • Louisiana • Marijuana
soundoff (135 Responses)
  1. Michael Merics

    Really really bad officers. Wasting their time.

    October 26, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jennifer

    Pot isn't a drug.... go arrest some crack dealers and bankers...

    October 26, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. vahellbilly

    no surprise here... when news broke over the summer that he was not returning to play, i immediately said "drugs and/or problems with the law".

    What a knuckle-head... Stupid choices (not mistakes) put an end to this young man's potential as a pro football player and may very well spell an end to his academic career at a nationally recognized university.

    No buzz or amount of money is worth jeopardizing your life or future.

    October 26, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
    • pointybongo

      How much do you want to bet me that he won't have a pro football career?

      October 26, 2012 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
    • free the herbs

      Vahelibilly, the real issue is the way marijuana is a schedule 1 controlled substance alongside heroin and cocaine. Truth is, it should classified more adequately so that peoples' futures don't have to necessarily go south whenever someone uses this plant in pursuit of happiness. It should be viewed as the flower of a plant that some enjoy partaking in similar to fine tobacco, wine, etc. It should be similar to a story about a guy who had a case of assorted beer in his fridge.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Marlin

      free the herbs: If the drug isn't that bad why does it ruin peoples lives. NO don't say "because its classified unfairly". IF it were not that bad, people wouldn't be willing to jeopardize their freedom and careers to engage in its use/sell. IF its not that bad, why can't they just leave it alone especially after MULTIPLE problems. This young man had already been kicked off one team despite his talent, he knows the problems with its use and what can happen to you if you get caught, yet he does it again.

      The problem here isn't the drug laws, its this guys absolute lack of of the ability to make good choices for himself and his family.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Homie

      Marijuana, isn't that bad. I had no problem putting it down, so I could get a good job. But I can't quit cigarettes, even though I have been told to quit or die. Marijuana is definitely categorized wrong. It is tobacco that should be illegal, and categorized as schedule 1.

      October 26, 2012 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott B

      Then we should change our stupid laws so this stuff isn't risking the lives of our kids.

      October 26, 2012 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. pointybongo

    Michael Phelps sure proved that smoking herb ruins an athlete's career, eh?
    Gimme a freakin' break.
    Mathieu doesn't need LSU... the NFL will take him just as he is, gladly.

    October 26, 2012 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Marlin

      MP did it once and managed to stop getting caught doing it. This guy has been caught over and over again. Amazing as it sounds, yes going to jail can make ones job difficult to perform/keep.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. EsquiredUp

    cmon bruh when they ask to search the answer is ALWAYS no

    October 26, 2012 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. David B.

    Go figure. This is the Mentality of a Dumb Football Player. They are not the brightest crayons in the box you know. Who cares...

    October 26, 2012 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Marlin

      I played football in college. Now I'm working on my masters degree in Environmental Science. I'm researching the toxicity of silver nano particles to fish while dosed in various salinity.

      Please don't paint everyone with the same broad brush.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. roadkilled

    Time to transfer to Colorado University.

    October 26, 2012 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. oscar77

    Pot IS a drug. This spring, Tucker Cipriano was charged with killing his Dad and attempting to kill other family members in a plot to steal money to buy marijuana. Pot is NOT a safe drug.

    October 26, 2012 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
    • MSL58

      Thanl God alcohol has never been involved in sriminal or violent activity.

      October 26, 2012 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott B

      Considering how many people have been killed by sober people, I think we need to do away with that too.

      October 26, 2012 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mr Ed

    You try to teach kids that there are consequences in life. He made his bed and now he has to sleep in it. As for a pro football career, no matter how good he is, was, or could be, why reward the guy for bad behavior? If I was an owner having to pay out the salary that Mathieu MAY have gotten, I would not be willing to take that chance. Then again, the Dallas Cowboys are looking for a few good players, and they give 2nd, 3rd, and 4th chances...............

    October 26, 2012 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. harpman

    Too bad a talented, nice looking kid has to make such bad choices and give up his golden opportunities. You may argue that pot shouldn't be illegal, but the fact is, it is illegal and the users know that. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

    October 26, 2012 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott B

      Stop just saying "Too Bad". As a citizen you are responsible for him and every other kid out there who has their life ruined over something that should not be illegal.

      October 26, 2012 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. Lou Cypher

    Pot does less damage to the body than football.

    October 26, 2012 at 6:01 am | Report abuse |
  12. kbtoiz

    Honey Badger dont care!

    October 26, 2012 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. Grendel

    Pot should be legal or alcohol made illegal...plain and simple.

    October 26, 2012 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. camelot06

    Maybe he wanted to get caught, to save his own life and the life of his child. He could not separate himself from his friends without a major intervention.

    October 26, 2012 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jeremy A.

    Does the name Jordan Jefferson ring a bell? He was one of the others arrested with him, along with two other former LSU players. Way to go team! Never been more proud of LSU then I am now (insert scarasm here).

    October 26, 2012 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Kudzai

      I hope you didn't receive an LSU education or they'll have never been as embarrassed "then" they are now.

      October 26, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7