(AP)Tyrann Mathieu has made a life-changing decision in an effort to come out a better person on the other end.
Instead of searching around for a new place to play football for the 2012 season, Mathieu has decided to enter drug rehab and work on the issues that got him dismissed at LSU.
LSU parted ways with Mathieu a week ago after he failed multiple drug tests. According to the Fox affiliate in New Orleans, Mathieu has been in a drug rehab in Houston and will remain there for an undetermined amount of time. Former NBA player John Lucas, who reached out to Mathieu after his dismissal, runs the Right Step recovery center in Houston. Bruce Feldman of CBSsports.com says Mathieu has been there since Sunday battling marijuana addiction.
It's good Mathieu is responding to some sort of mentoring. Former LSU star safety LaRon Landry, who is now with the New York Jets, said he tried to reach out to Mathieu and eventually stopped getting replies. Landry said he got "caught up living the life."
Mathieu's family agrees, which is why they're using this opportunity to have Mathieu focus on himself and not football or any of the pressure surrounding it.
The Honey Badger's father, Tyrone Mathieu, tells FOX 8 Sports that he and Tyrann agree -- until he conquers his demons, he won't be successful at his future endeavors, wherever they unfold. The senior Mathieu says both Tyrann and his family are committed to restoring Tyrann's health, no matter what it takes, believing football will take care of itself down the road.
When Mathieu is released from rehab, there's still a possibility he could try to take classes at LSU and rejoin the team for the 2013 season.
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