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. Bob Creshnalt

    Another victim of the Sports Illustrated cover page curse!

    October 26, 2012 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. kman02

    Following is his dad's footsteps. Sad.

    October 26, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
    • scrabster

      Dad? Are you kidding?

      October 26, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jt_flyer

    Typically college football payers have 2 weeks, twice per year, that they can smoke weed without being caught. It's do to NCAA drug testing procures and the 30 day period required for the drug to leave the body. This is widly know by the players, e staff and the NCAA.

    October 26, 2012 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. RJ

    its weed...big woop

    October 26, 2012 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Resonance

      Thank you! Marijuana should be legalized. Also, chances are Honey Badger is self medicating to deal with some type of mental illness, in my opinion. Everyone's saying he's a loser, but fail to realize that his self medicating is what made it possible for him to play so well at his sport. It's not as though he were using performance enhancing drugs, i.e. steroids.

      October 26, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. bg

    i cant say i think this kid is doing anything wrong for smoking pot, but i dont make the ncaa rules. working in a drug testing facility 6 years ago, i know kids who werent part of an athletic program that were stripped of their financial aid for marijuana offences. these kids were taking on loans to be in school, to earn an education and advance themselves. this kid got a free ride, and he broke the rules. i dont care if you break the rules, but if youre dumb enough to get caught, you gotta pay for it just like everyone else. hopefully he will learn. kid was on track towards a great career. hope he grows up quick. im tired of could have been stories.

    October 26, 2012 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. Evenstar13

    Such a shame that this kid, with such bright future ahead of him, cant seem to see the forest through all the trees. Foolish is as foolish does. Some people just can not learn from their mistakes. What a waste, so much potential, now no one will touch him.

    October 26, 2012 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Voiceinthewind

    Wow kid smoking pot. He should get the death penalty. Legalize pot already and go after criminals, quit making criminals out of people for doing something that millions of people do every day.

    October 26, 2012 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bnode

    NEVER consent to a police search.
    Thats just plain dumb.

    October 26, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. really

    weed? Is that even a drug?

    October 26, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. Robert N

    What... it's just weed? I was expecting something insane, like maybe they were huffing bath salts while butt-chugging liquor and shooting up heroin. I'm glad I live in a progressive state that has state legalization of marijuana on this Novembers election ballot. Now the federal government needs to follow and just decriminalize it as the current policies obviously don't work. Which will happen as the old prudes die off and the fresh faced youngins start to take over the country they left in shambles for us.

    October 26, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joe McGrath

    Seems to me that LSU has a "culture problem" Emmert seems to know about those, and LSU.

    October 26, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ceilo

    Cuz he just don't care..... but... I'm pretty sure I've read this before a few months ago..... ?

    October 26, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. jim atmad

    WHY do we arrest people for possessing marijuana? That's just nuts.

    October 26, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • neauneau

      The majority of people on welfare are white people and they vote Republican do your research fool, and people who love war so much should stop calling themselves pro-life you murder

      October 26, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • LawyersControlLawsAsAConflictIOfInterest

      Easy answer. Here's the reason: Lawyers profit from arrests and defenses. Lawyers use a broken court system top enrich themselves so they can buy elected legislative offices. From these legislative positions they ensure LAWS are enacted to make them rich. You see? Lawyers have usurped the three branches of government. An illegal conflict of interest... protected by their siege. This is WHY. Want change? Demand lawyers stick to the judicial branch only. That's an uphill battle, since they will have you arrested long before you can force them to relinquish their tyrannical hold on our "system". This situation represents the #1 threat to Americans... and you NEVER hear about it.

      October 26, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Terry E

      Because they force their way through security gates

      October 26, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Ding

      because it's illegal. People are arrested when they do something illegal

      October 26, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Colorado Realist

      Well, we once had a prohibition on alcohol, too. Now, we have Miller Park and Coors Field. Think about that.

      October 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. neauneau

    where's the freedom not even in your house you are free, aressting people for weed that little amount in yheir own home, i see if it was in public, and police don't give black people the same treatment they did not consent to a search police usually do what they want to black people and usually get away with it unless that black person has money to get a lawyer and they know the average young black male don't have a lawyer

    October 26, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      what a bunch of unintelligible dribble....

      October 26, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Realist

      I've read a number of your posts and have come to the conclusion you're delusional; your comment on war took the cake. Have you been in combat???? Three tours (one in Iraq, two in the 'Stan) have taught me one thing; war is an unfortunate necessity when battling evil. Evil? If you saw what Terrorists do to civilians, you'd be changing your tune. But I guess when you're behind your laptop in the safety of your own abode, you can preach such drivel.

      October 26, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Gordo24

      Yes i do believe there are more whites (70% of the total population) are on welfare than blacks (11%), however as a percentage of their respective population the black percentage is much higher. I believe the actual breakdown of welfare recipients is closer to 50/50 white/black.

      Regarding the police going in the home to arrest marijuana users, the main reason the police go into a home is because they are selling the drug. Most home invasions are for dealers. People turn in dealers to the police. Most of the times it is a friend who plea bargins with the police. So they cannot just ignore the situation they have to take action. It is RATS turning on RATS. Last man not in jail is the KING RAT in the drug world. The police do not give a crap about someone who is a recreational user who bothers no one.

      October 26, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • RomneyIsALiar

      Average black man here – you're right, I don't have a lawyer. I have never had a need to lawyer up. I keep my nose clean, went to school, college, then graduate school. Please don't make assumptions about black people. Oh, and please learn English. Its gotta be tough not having a strong command of the only language you know.

      October 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. neauneau

    The majority of people on welfare are white people and they vote Republican do your research fool, and people who love war so much should stop calling themselves pro-life you murder stop using the lord name in vain

    October 26, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
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