Tyrann Mathieu, an All-American cornerback and 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist, was arrested along with three other former Louisiana State University football players for marijuana possession. Mathieu was detained at his apartment in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, yesterday afternoon along with former Tigers quarterback Jordan Jefferson; Derrick Bryant, who played safety for the school, and Karnell Hatcher, a former linebacker. The four were taken into custody after a search of Mathieu’s apartment, Baton Rouge Police said in an e-mailed news release. Officers were investigating a complaint about a man, identified as 22-year-old Jefferson, forcing his way into the complex before going into 20-year-old Mathieu’s apartment.
Officers found 10 bags of high-grade marijuana in Mathieu’s home, seven of them inside the backpack of Bryant, 22, the police said. Mathieu and Jefferson were charged with simple possession of marijuana. Bryant faces a charge of possession with intent to supply, while Hatcher, 22, will be prosecuted for a second simple possession offense, police said. All four men were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, the police said in their statement.
Mathieu, the Southeastern Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, was dismissed from the LSU football team in August, three weeks before the start of his junior season, for an unspecified violation of squad rules. A week later, Louisiana television station Fox 8 cited Mathieu’s father in a report that said the football player was in a drug rehabilitation center and would stay there until he “conquers his demons.”
Known as the “Honey Badger,” Mathieu in 2011 won the Chuck Bednarik Award, given annually to the best defensive player in college football, and placed fifth in Heisman Trophy voting. Former starting quarterback Jefferson had returned to Baton Rouge-based LSU to complete his degree after signing for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in August. LSU lost last season’s Bowl Championship Series title game 21-0 to conference rival Alabama.
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