Baton Rouge, LA (Sports Network) - Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu and
three other ex-Tiger football players were arrested on drug possession charges
Thursday following an apartment search conducted by Baton Rouge police.
Mathieu, a Heisman Trophy finalist last year who was kicked off the LSU team
in August for repeated violations of the school's substance abuse policy, was
charged with simple possession of marijuana following the search of his
A release issued by the Baton Rouge Police Department stated the officers also
found a marijuana grinder, a digital scale and 10 bags of high-grade
marijuana. Seven of the bags were located in a backpack belonging to former
Tigers defensive back Derrick Bryant, who was charged with possession with
intent to distribute marijuana.
Also arrested was Jordan Jefferson, a three-year starter at quarterback for
the Tigers whose eligibility had expired after last season, and former
linebacker Karnell Hatcher. Both were cited with simple possession of
marijuana, with Hatcher booked as a second offender.
Mathieu had re-enrolled at LSU this fall after completing the first two stages
of rehabilitation at the Right Step recovery center in Houston, where he was
being mentored by former NBA player and coach John Lucas, with the intention
to rejoin the football program next season. However, Thursday's arrest has
likely compromised those plans.
The 20-year-old would be eligible to enter the 2013 NFL Draft and still has
two years of college eligibility remaining.
According to the report, police had been summoned to Mathieu's apartment by a
maintenance worker at the complex who had engaged in a dispute with Jefferson
after the ex-quarterback had attempted to force his way through a security
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