LSU: Heisman hopeful Mathieu, aka 'Honey Badger,' dismissed for breaking team rules
LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu speaks to the media before the BCS championship in January.
August 10th, 2012
03:10 PM ET

LSU: Heisman hopeful Mathieu, aka 'Honey Badger,' dismissed for breaking team rules

It's been said that Honey Badger don't care, but what may be more accurate is that Honey Badger don't play - at least not for the LSU Tigers.

The team, which played in last year's national college football championship game, announced this afternoon that their top player and arguably the nation's best cornerback, Tyrann Mathieu, has been dismissed for violating team policy.

“This is a very difficult day for our team,” head coach Les Miles said. “We lose a quality person, teammate and contributor to the program. However, with that being said, we have a standard that our players are held to and when that standard is not met, there are consequences."

Miles added, “It’s hard because we all love Tyrann. We will do what we can as coaches, teammates, and friends to get him on a path where he can have success. We are going to miss him.”

LSU did not say which team rule Mathieu broke. The 20-year-old All-American ran into trouble last year when he and two other players violated the team's drug policy. ESPN reported at the time that the trio tested positive for synthetic marijuana.

Mathieu and the others were suspended for their team's game against Auburn.

Despite missing the game, Mathieu was still a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, awarded to college football's best player, as a sophomore. In addition to winning the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the top defensive player, he came in fifth in Heisman voting with 34 first-place votes and was the only defensive player among 10 finalists.

According to LSU, the Columbus, Ohio, native who attended high school in New Orleans, has registered 133 tackles - 16 for a loss - in 26 games for the Tigers. He also has four picks, 11 forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries, as well as four touchdowns, two on punt returns and two on fumble returns.

The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Mathieu got his nickname for his fearlessness on the gridiron. Honey badgers are known to scrap with animals many times their size, including lions, and even tangle (successfully) with poisonous snakes.

Said the Dallas Cowboys' Morris Claiborne, a former teammate of Mathieu's: "Tyrann deserved the nickname ... because the honey badger takes what it wants, and Tyrann takes what he wants on the field," ESPN reported today in a profile.

The sports network had to add an editor's note, saying, "This story was published prior to Tyrann Mathieu's dismissal from LSU's football program on August 10."

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  1. ipmutt

    Who cares.

    August 10, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rettas Vegas

      Nobody...

      August 10, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lol

      Obviously you since you clicked on the story ! Lol

      August 10, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny Orlando

      Why click on this story?Are you mad that no one in your life cares about you like strangers care about this guy?

      August 10, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Equalizer

    Honey Badger should have cared.

    August 10, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Duck-Mania

    Oregon will take him.

    August 10, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Johnny Orlando

    I guess LSU has someone who can replace him easily. They are deep.

    August 10, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. slozomby

    "Tyrann deserved the nickname ... because the honey badger takes what it wants" thats what got him in trouble ya know

    August 10, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. slozomby

    caught taking the fake marijuana

    August 10, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. faye62

    Judgement that I'm reading on this site is why so many of our youths commit suicide. They think one mistake is the end of the world and you that are making judgemental statements here regarding this young man tells them exactly that. The truth HB is that you can be redeemed even after making a mistake. I encourage you to learn from it by asking God for forgiveness, forgive yourself and move on. FYI: The Bible speaks all about redemption. There's a lot people in the Bible that messed up big time and God still used them. Your mistakes will give you a powerful testimony. God is the only one righteous enough to judge you; humans are exactly that, human and aren't qualified to.

    August 10, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Raffe

    He has a little hit, gets kicked off the team. All his friends are drinking, getting drunk but that's OK.
    If we still had prohibition they would all be kicked off the team... What a waste.

    August 10, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fat joey

    Must be murder !!! Thats what it would take for a team to let go an all american! Who did he kill?

    August 10, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. fat joey

    The Raiders just signed him !!!

    August 10, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. thomas e

    What an idiot statement. It is what it is today. Rules are rules dope boy gansta

    August 10, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JOHNNY TRIGG

    Who is this worthless person, "honey badger"?? that is a name for a "blond haired rat like animal" why is he so worth time on the network???

    August 10, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. fat joey

    5 foot nine,175??? The N.F.L. will mean "not for long" for this guy,he's way too small

    August 10, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skinny Joey

      Average Cornerback is 5'11" 190lbs...he'd be fine

      August 10, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hadenuffyet

      Remember Sonny Sixkiller?

      August 10, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      You obviously don't know football. He was a Heisman finalist and one of the best in the game. KNOWLEDGE!

      August 10, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. fat joey

    He can go to the State Penn.....err I mean Penn State

    August 10, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • peckbag

      That "joke" is so played...

      August 10, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. fat joey

    apparently this honey badger "takes what he wants": both ON and OFF the field?

    August 10, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
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