Report: Mathieu to enter NFL Draft
Next stop for the “Honey Badger”? The NFL Draft, it seems.
According to an ESPN report, Mathieu thanked his parents, as well as former LSU teammates and coach Les Miles.
"I am sorry that I was not able to complete my journey at LSU, but I will always support LSU in any way I can. To my teammates, you are my brothers. You have kept me going. I will do my best to make you all proud of me," he said in a statement to ESPN.
Before what would have been his junior season, Mathieu was dismissed from the LSU team in August after reportedly failing a drug test, and he had been working out personal problems with the help of former NBA coach and player John Lucas. He re-enrolled at LSU in September and had been sitting out instead of transferring to a lower-division school to play football. Mathieu was arrested last month on a marijuana charge.
In his statement to ESPN, Mathieu talked about his personal problems.
"I am committed to tackling my personal issues and will work to better myself every day as a man first and only then as a football player. I will always consider myself an LSU Tiger," he said.
As a sophomore in 2011, Mathieu won the Chuck Bednarik Award, presented annually by the Maxwell Football Club to the top defensive player in the nation. He was fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.