Tyrann Mathieu: Drug Arrest Proves Honey Badger Won't Return to LSU Football

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistOctober 25, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09:  Tyrann Mathieu #7 of the Louisiana State University Tigers reacts after breaking up a play against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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If troubled former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu was looking for ways to resuscitate his football career and ingratiate himself with Les Miles, I'm pretty sure a drug bust would be last on that list.

Unfortunately for Mathieu, he was arrested along with former LSU players Jordan Jefferson, Karnell Hatcher and Derrick Bryant, and charged with possession of marijuana on Thursday, according to WAFB in Baton Rouge:

Mathieu and Jefferson were charged with Simple Possession of Marijuana, Hatcher was charged with  2nd Offense Simple Possession of Marijuana and Bryant was charged with Possession With Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Baton Rouge police later confirmed.  All four men will be booked into to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

For college football fans, it's obvious that Mathieu's name will resonate the most on that list. He also has the most to lose, considering this arrest all but ends any chance of him rejoining the LSU football team. 

A breakout star on last season's Tigers squad, Mathieu recorded 76 tackles, grabbed two interceptions from the cornerback spot and became the most exciting return man in college football. 

Behind those statistics, Mathieu was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, a consensus All-American choice and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy—all as a sophomore.

What's more, he became something of a national personality. Nicknamed the "Honey Badger," it seemed like Mathieu's star power was almost as great as his on-field prowess.

Coming into 2012, he was regarded as a favorite for this season's Heisman and was expected to become a leader on LSU's vaunted defense.

Nonetheless, the drug arrest on Wednesday is simply a sign of a much larger problem for the superstar corner.

Mathieu was suspended last season for one game due to a positive drug test and was removed from the LSU football team earlier in the year after failing multiple others, per WAFB. 

After leaving school for a brief period to undergo drug and alcohol rehabilitation, Mathieu returned to Baton Rouge and re-enrolled as a student in September.

In fact, Miles appeared on ESPN's Scott Van Pelt Show earlier this month and seemed to indicate a possible return next season, according to Randy Rosetta of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

#LSU coach Les Miles: On Mathieu "There is a very legitimate chance this will have a happy ending." Sounds like he's welcome back to me.

— Randy Rosetta (@RandyRosetta) October 2, 2012

Following this latest bout with substance abuse, it's doubtful that the storybook ending that most people desired will happen. 

There are only so many strikes a young man can get. Something tells me that this was the final one for Mathieu as an LSU football player.