Things have gotten worse for former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu. The 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist and three other former Tigers players were arrested on drug-related charges. Former quarterback Jordan Jefferson, former linebacker Karnell Hatcher and Mathieu were all charged with simple possession of marijuana. Former defensive back Derrick Bryant faces the most serious charge of possession with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the police report, officers found the marijuana in Mathieu’s apartment on Thursday afternoon. Police were called to the apartment complex after receiving a complaint about a man, later identified at Jefferson, was forcing his way through the security gate. Mathieu answered the door and officers “immediately smelled a strong odor of marijuana”. Mathieu gave the police consent to search the apartment where they discovered a marijuana grinder, a digital scale and 10 bags of high-grade marijuana including seven in Bryant’s backpack. Mathieu, Jefferson and Bryant were released early Friday while Hatcher remained in custody.
This arrest severely hurts Mathieu’s chances of returning to the team after he was kicked off in August for failing multiple drug tests. Following his explosion from the team Mathieu had attended a month long drug rehabilitation program and reenrolled at LSU as a student in hopes of rejoining the team in the spring. Now with this arrest that is highly unlikely.
Mathieu’s sister Darrineka spoke with SI and expressed disappointment and dismay over her brother’s decision to return to LSU in the first place. “I just feel like Tyrann should have never went back there because you’re surrounding yourself with the same environment that you already got in trouble with,” she said. “I’m hurt for him. I’m sorry that it happened to him, but there’s nothing else I can do.”
– Shaina (@Shay_Marie)