When Tyrann Mathieu got himself kicked out of LSU before the 2012 season, CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman heard the talented but troubled defensive back "cost himself millions."
And Mathieu was arrested on drug charges along with other former LSU players last week, he looked like a lost cause. So it's good to hear that he's moved in with the family of Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, in order to "get away from the madness."
“He wanted to get away from the madness in Baton Rouge,” Pat Lawler, a Boca Raton lawyer and agent for Galaxy Sports told Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post. “His mindset is to deal with his problems and get his life in order. He and his family are looking at getting Tyrann back together."
Mathieu apparently decided to bolt Louisana for South Florida and, per Lawler, stopped by Atlantic High in order to speak with some of the younger students who are there.
“I think it was cool. I had never seen him in person," said Atlantic senior Brisly Estime. “He told us to just work hard and stay in school. He said he made a lot of mistakes, but he stayed positive."
This is, frankly, kind of stunning. Just a week removed from a drug charge, Mathieu appears to be taking some serious steps in rehabilitating himself and his image.
He's gotten himself away from LSU into a home with what is, presumably, a stable family environment, and he's already talking to younger kids about his mistakes.
Kudos to Mathieu for finally trying to change things (and big-time kudos to the Peterson family for taking him in). It doesn't mean he's in the clear, and he'll need to keep doing the right things for anyone to take a chance on him in the draft with anything resembling a decent pick. But oftentimes the first step in fixing problems is the hardest.
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