Tyrann Mathieu and the 10 Most Shocking Star Player Dismissals in Sports
Nothing lasts forever. Only we thought some of these athletes would last a tad longer than they did with their respective teams.
One of the biggest names from the 2011 college football season will not feature in 2012, at least not with his beloved LSU Tigers.
Tyrann Mathieu, the young man better known as the Honey Badger, and also known as arguably the best defensive player in the nation, has been dismissed, via LSU Sports.
A Heisman candidate as recently as last season being booted makes us wonder if this is the greatest dismissal in recent memory.
Join us on a jaunt of the shameful athletes who left their respective teams far too soon. Some came back bigger and badder than ever, while others drifted closer to anonymity.
Fill the comments section with other athletes whom you feel need praise for their untimely dismissals.
10. Brandon Davies
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Brandon Davies had premarital sex, something pretty much every college student has done since the formation of colleges.
That fact cost him a place on the basketball squad of the BYU Cougars, a Mormon-based private university whose sports programs have strict rules about such things.
The big man made a triumphant return the next season and averaged 15.2 points per game.
9. Jamere Holland
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Jamere Holland may not be a national name that invokes thoughts of Heisman glory. For the Oregon Ducks, he had 17 receptions for 252 yards and two touchdowns.
His biggest gaffe was taking to Facebook to criticize the coaching staff, because he was subsequently axed from the team for doing so.
He then went onto Linwood before getting called up for a cup of coffee with the Cincinnati Bengals.
8. Hope Solo
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She is a golden girl beloved by the nation for her passion on the pitch and her ability to block shots like she was Serge Ibaka.
Well, it hasn't all been roses and gold medals for Hope Solo and the U.S. Women's National Team. We take you back to 2007 when Solo was benched for veteran Brianna Scurry.
The team lost, forced to the third-place game, and Solo was none too happy about it and was critical of the switch.
That cost her a place on the team for that crucial game.
Yes, the dismissal was brief, but rather remarkable when you consider who she has become in the national spotlight and how much she means to that team.
7. Randy Moss
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Randy Moss will be just as remembered for his antics off the field as he will for his ability and talent he showed on it.
Things didn't start off so well for Moss who very well could have been a star receiver at Notre Dame.
He was all set to go but had his scholarship removed when he was charged with two counts of battery and was sentenced to 30 days in jail for stomping a kid, via Sports Illustrated.
The same report reminds us that he wound up at Florida State, only to be cast off when he broke probation by smoking marijuana.
No matter, he still ended up being one of the best receivers in NFL history.
6. Rhett Bomar
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If you are going to get paid to do work, make sure you actually do the work.
Bomar caused an uproar when he was found to have been paid by a car dealership in 2006 for not doing any work, and was subsequently dismissed from the Oklahoma Sooners, a team on which he had won the starting QB position.
5. Voula Papachristou
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The London Olympics seemed to be a breeding ground for athletes wanting to be sent home for awful things.
It all started, however, with Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou who never even made it to London. She went against the very Olympic sentiment by lobbing a racist tweet days before the games were to begin.
Yup, that gets you kicked off the national squad.
4. Michael Dyer
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When life hands you the ability to run like Michael Dyer, you take it. Please don't resort to breaking team rules and smoking marijuana. It just makes us all sad.
The former All-Southeastern Conference running back was a joy to watch at Auburn, amassing over 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns in the 2011 season.
Prior to the Chick-Fil-A Bowl that year, he was released for unspecified team violations.
Fine, at least he found a second chance with Arkansas State. Only, he threw that away when he violated their team rules.
Yahoo Sports has details on a traffic stop that changed Dyer's status as a Red Wolves' running back.
You might see a theme here: Always follow team rules.
3. Stephen Garcia
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Stephen Garcia pushed the South Carolina Gamecocks staff too far and lost out on the rest of his senior season.
He had chance after chance and was never able to settle into the rules set before him.
Sports Illustrated reported back in October of 2011 about the sixth and final chance for Garcia.
Garcia, who had been suspended and brought back to the team five previous times, was dismissed Tuesday for failing an alcohol test.
Please don't shed a tear because he is playing for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.
2. Tyrann Mathieu
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Can't say we saw this one coming.
Tyrann Mathieu was a joy to watch last season as he put it all together to be a spirited and swift-footed cornerback the nation couldn't stop talking about.
He flirted with Heisman glory and was on his way to making an impact in 2012. Not so fast, Honey Badger.
On Friday, we all learned LSU would continue without Mathieu, and he now must look for playtime elsewhere.
As Yahoo Sports reports, there is a great mystery as to what the young man did. He was suspended last year for one game over an undisclosed violation of team rules.
The charge is the same, only this time it's for good.
1. Maurice Clarett
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Maurice Clarett certainly had quite the life in front of him, becoming the leading rusher as a freshman on Ohio State's football team with 1,237 yards and 18 touchdowns for the 2002 season.
After that, trouble caught up with him.
He fought with coaches, had academic issues and charges of preferential treatment and made false claims to police officers.
He would be dismissed from the team despite having so much talent. The worst was ahead of him as he would later be incarcerated for holding two people at a Columbus bar in 2006.
After being an assumed superstar in the making, Clarett has had to settle for playing time with the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL.
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