Mathieu responds to report he failed 10+ drug tests
BATON ROUGE - Former LSU standout Tyrann Matiheu issued a response this afternoon to a report that he told an assistant NFL coach he'd failed more than ten drug tests before being kicked off the Tiger football team.
Mathieu said the quote didn't accurately reflect the discussions he had while visiting various NFL organizations in an effort to raise his value before the NFL draft.
"It is irresponsible and shows a lack of integrity for anyone to disclose medical information regardless of how it was gathered," Mathieu said. "I would expect that conversations regarding my drug testing history during the course of my medical treatment would be private."
The report in USA Today quoted an unnamed coach, who said Mathieu told him he'd stopped counting after he reached ten failed tests. The article included speculation from coaches that the sheer number of tests showed LSU didn't do enough to help Mathieu with his problems, something he also disputed.
"LSU has a strong drug testing program and LSU went to great lengths to help me in my treatment and recovery," Mathieu said. "I understand that many people enjoy reading about the negative side of sports, but to publish those second-hand comments without being given a chance to address that comment prior to the publication of the article is irresponsible."
Joe Alleva, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics, also reiterated his confidence in LSU's substance abuse program.
"LSU has a strong substance abuse program that tries to identify and assist in the treatment and long term recovery process of drug use and abuse, and it is a program we would put up against any in the country," he said. "Once a substance abuse problem is identified, LSU is diligent in tracking those individuals over extended periods of time with frequent testing and engages them in meaningful opportunities for support through counseling and substance abuse treatment."
Matheiu was cut from the team before the 2012 season for violating team rules. He went into a substance abuse program afterward, but was arrested with three other former Tigers in October 2012 after police said they found marijuana in his off-campus apartment.