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Breaking News: ‘The Honey Badger’ Tyrann Mathieu Kicked Off LSU Football Team

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Tyrann Mathieu (Getty Images)

LSU head coach Les Miles officially announced today that Tyrann Mathieu, aka ‘The Honey Badger,” has been kicked off the LSU football team for a violation of team policy.  Could he have failed another drug test?  Officials aren’t saying.

Due to the school’s privacy reasons, Miles could not reveal the infraction that led to Mathieu’s dismissal, but called it a “longstanding rule” that the school has “comfortably administered.”

“This is a very difficult day for our team,” Miles said. “We lose a quality person, teammate and contributor to the program. However, with that being said, we have a standard that our players are held to and when that standard is not met, there are consequences.

“It’s hard because we all love Tyrann. We will do what we can as coaches, teammates, and friends to get him on a path where he can have success. We are going to miss him.”

Mathieu, a finalist for the Heisman Trophy and the nation’s top defensive player a year ago, played in 26 games for the Tigers during his two years, racking up 133 total tackles, 16.0 tackles for loss and four interceptions. He also forced 11 fumbles, which ranks first in school history and seventh in NCAA history, to go with eight fumble recoveries.


Tyrann still has two years of NCAA eligibility, according to Miles, so a transfer would be possible to another school.  He will have to sit out for a year if he wants to remain in Division I, but if he steps down to Division II, he could play again this fall.  Miles said he believed he was still one year shy of NFL eligibility, but said he “couldn’t imagine” that Mathieu wouldn’t try to get picked up by another school to play this season.

Mathieu was suspended last year for failing a drug test.

Fans may remember the last time something this big happened — when running back Cecil Collins transferred to McNeese after being dismissed from LSU.

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