Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu's struggles with substance abuse are well-documented. His history got him booted off the LSU football team before the 2012 season, and dropped his value as a draft pick precipitously in a year -- from Heisman candidate and dynamic team-altering player to third-round draft pick and calculated risk.
Many people are in Mathieu's corner, hoping that he'll be able to figure his life out and live up to his impressive potential. However, there's one store in the Phoenix area more interested in targeting a potential customer than any of those other factors. A head shop called Bud's Glass Joint (ha, ha -- we get it on all three counts) put an ad in the Phoenix New Times, claiming that they have what the Honey Badger is looking for. Of course, the proprietors of this establishment could mean that they think Mathieu would enjoy the live glass blowing exhibition, but given the mention of "Home Grown Hydrophonic" underneath, we're thinking not.
One of the reasons the Cardinals took Mathieu is his relationship with fellow LSU alum Patrick Peterson. Mathieu lived and trained with Peterson for a time while he went through rehab and tried to turn things around, and it's easy to imagine a scenario in which Peterson, the team's first-round pick in 2011 and one of the best pass defenders in the game, told the Cards' brass that he'd help Mathieu try to get past a past in which he cancelled two pre-draft team visits, and reportedly failed more drug tests than he could remember while in college. Mathieu started his football path again with a positive combine performance (and a negative drug test).
"I couldn't think of a better team to go to,' Mathieu said after the Cardinals selected him, possibly to play free safety. "I spent so much time out there with Patrick, that became sort of like my second home. The whole time, I was telling myself, 'don't cry.' I know I'm on the right track."
"At the end of the day, there is always an element of risk with any of these picks," Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said. "We're going to take the necessary measures to make sure he walks the straight and narrow."
We're assuming that "hanging out in head shops" isn't on the itinerary.
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