Tyrann Mathieu Deserves This Author's Apology

Brian Kinel@sprtsramblngmanCorrespondent IIIAugust 18, 2012

Tyrann Mathieu is doing the right thing
Tyrann Mathieu is doing the right thingChris Graythen/Getty Images

This is the article that seemingly never gets written. The one where the author admits he jumped the gun, was wrong and apologizes.

To Tyrann Mathieu: I’m sorry.

To LsuWeAreTheChampions: You were right, I was wrong.

When Tyrann Mathieu was dismissed from the LSU football team I wrote this article and came down hard on him. I took his failed drug tests as a sign that he’s a selfish kid who cared more about his gratification than his commitment to the team.  I thought about, but dismissed, the possibility that he has an addiction problem.

Tyrann has checked into a rehab facility in Houston and will be working with former basketball star and addict John Lucas. His adoptive father, Tyrone Mathieu, told ESPN’s Joe Schad on Friday, “Tyrann is working on discipline, maturity and character. He’s making life adjustments.”

Good for you Tyrann.

Doubters will point out that he is only doing this as a show to clean his image up for the NFL. That’s ridiculous.

The NFL doesn’t care too much about some failed drug tests when you can make things happen on the field like Tyrann can. There are players in the league who have done worse.

Tyrann could have taken the easy route and transferred to an FCS school and then entered the NFL draft next spring. But he didn’t. He did the hard thing and checked into rehab.

I don’t know Tyrann Mathieu.

It’s safe to say that I’ve never been in the same zip code at the same time as Tyrann Mathieu.

And yet I sat at my laptop thousands of miles away from him and wrote about him. Welcome to the world of the Internet and bloggers. It’s easy to throw opinions out from so far away. I don’t want to go all Duke lacrosse here, but it’s important to wait for as many facts as we can get. Then let the debate begin.

I wish you well Tyrann. And again, I’m sorry.

To LsuWeAreTheChampions: You got this one. I’ll get you next time.

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