Tyrann Mathieu: Honey Badger's NFL Career in Jeopardy After Latest Arrest

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterOctober 26, 2012

Former LSU DB Tyrann Mathieu
Former LSU DB Tyrann MathieuDerick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

The old saying goes, "It's better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."

In Tyrann Mathieu's case on Thursday, he didn't open his mouth—just the door to his apartment.

According to WAFB Channel 9 in Baton Rouge, La., Mathieu was one of four former LSU football players arrested on Thursday on marijuana charges. 

Mathieu and former quarterback Jordan Jefferson were charged with simple possession of marijuana, former linebacker Karnell Hatcher was charged with his second offense of simple possession and former safety Derrick Bryant was charged with possession with intent to distribute.

According to the report, police were called to a Baton Rouge apartment complex after a man identified as Jefferson tried to force his way though a security gate at the complex and was later found inside the residence of Mathieu, who answered after police knocked on the door.

Despite head coach Les Miles and athletics director Joe Alleva emphatically saying in August that Mathieu's dismissal from the football team was permanent, there was rampant speculation that the Honey Badger was taking classes this semester at LSU in an attempt to return to the football program in 2013.

Well, you can forget about that, and his NFL chances took a major hit as well.

Mathieu has issues to work out, and if it wasn't apparent before, SI.com did a great job detailing all of the ordeals that he has gone through in the past and is going through now.

But from a football perspective, you have to wonder if his drug rehabilitation was nothing but a public relations ploy.

Mathieu entered into a month-long drug rehabilitation in August in an effort to turn his life around. He didn't drop down to Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) or 1-AA to play to keep his career on the right track. He made an effort to get his life on the right track, knowing that it would help him long term.

At least, so it seemed.

Now the NFL is probably going to be his only option moving forward, but how will his most recent arrest play in NFL circles? 

All it takes is one NFL general manager to be willing to take a chance, but now Mathieu has even more questions to answer from his future employer on whether or not he has straightened out his life and can stay that way as a pro football player.

Is this latest arrest going to prevent Mathieu from making a living playing football in the NFL? No.

Hopefully, the Honey Badger can stay clean and turn his life around. But this latest arrest is going to make it much more difficult for him to get his foot in the door.