The breaking news of Tyrann Mathieu being kicked off LSU's football team this past Friday sent shock waves and instant reaction toward the college football blogosphere and football fans alike.
One of the nation’s most entertaining and dominant players, regardless the side of the ball, won't be on our TV screens at least for this year to come.
All because he chose to continue to not follow the rules Les Miles sanctioned for his football team. Bad decisions are never good for the future and will always catch up to you as it did for Mathieu.
For many young football players, Mathieu was a role model. They saw how hard he played his position and his passion for the game. They saw his swagger, how he had a nose for the ball and made something out of nothing on both the football field and off of it.
But now, because of allegedly failing another drug test of marijuana according to team insiders (according to The New Orleans Times-Picayune), he's scurrying to find where he will play or attend school next season.
So with that said, if Mathieu's expulsion from the team is because of marijuana or any other violation, the young kids who play football across the America who want to play at the collegiate level, or make it in the real world must know two things.
One: The use of marijuana and another drug in a place of opportunity and privilege is a huge no.
At my age of 20, I couldn't tell you how many times I've been told that marijuana is one of the best things the good Lord has created that could put you in a good mood.
I would simply nod and say that I believed them and granted more power to them. But if it's the rule to leave it alone, whether at work, school, or sports team, then leave it alone.
I've known quite of few people who were kicked out of their respective colleges and college teams for failing drug tests repeatedly. Marijuana is seen as rebellion to power and the rules. Sure, your friends may do it, but your potential is much greater. Value it and cherish it.
And two: You're not guaranteed anything in life. Take advantage of your opportunities and talents. For Mathieu, if the violations weren't drug-related, who knows what it could have been. But Mathieu didn't care for his teammates, family or anyone who helped him out along the way.
Because he didn’t care for those rules, he’s not out there practicing with his now-former teammates. If he stays at LSU he would have to pay full tuition. If he decides to enter the NFL draft in 2013, this will follow him.
Just as Les Miles threw the book at Tyrann Mathieu, young kids must learn that they aren't invincible, just as Mathieu found out. What may seem cool to be a weed-head or mischievous now, will eventually catch up to them later if you aren't careful.
Numerous athletes pan out or don't even get drafted in their respective sports because they couldn't get their behaviors and troubles under control.
The same sure-fire studs the whole town depended on to put their city on the map and make their community proud, would be the same ones who made silly decisions that all but flushed their potential down the drain.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the allure of temptation and bad decisions are very real. But, so are the allures of superb decision making.
Whatever sport you play, be it middle school or high school level, you are representing your school and sports program. Your actions are a reflection of yourself, team, and coaches. Chad Johnson, even at the professional level, is paying the repercussions of his actions recently involved with his wife.
So for those who have dreams to achieve, it starts now. The right decisions will take you places.
If only Tyrann Mathieu, Michael Dyer, Terrelle Pryor and numerous of other college athletes knew how precious their scholarships really were, they would have finished out their careers with the teams that recruited them.
Whatever Mathieu did, was more important than a repeat SEC title, Heisman hopes, improving draft stock and another run at a BCS National Championship, apparently.
So young kids, please, respect your coaches, stay away from trouble and do well in school. If you do use marijuana or drink, don't make it your image or reputation. But always remember to never ever underestimate the power that your decisions could do for you in the future.