(NEW ORLEANS) — Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu has entered a drug rehabilitation program in Houston, according to a report from WVUE-TV in New Orleans.
The station is also reporting that Mathieu’s adoptive father, Tyrone Mathieu, says that his son has been at the Right Step recovery center and is being mentored by former NBA star John Lucas. Tyrone Mathieu also added that restoring his son’s health is priority number one.
Mathieu was kicked off the team on August 10 for violating school and team rules. Sources tell ESPN.com that Mathieu viloated the school’s substance-abuse policy.
“I just want him to know that we’ll support him in whatever he wants to do and help him where we can,” LSU head coach Les Miles said. “At this point in time, he needs to do the things that make him happy and that makes sense for his future. If he does that, we’ll all be happy.”
Last season, Mathieu established himself as one of the best defensive players in the country. In his sophomore season, Mathieu registered 77 total tackles with two sacks and two interceptions. He was a Heisman Trophy finalist and won the Chuck Bednarik Award as the nation’s best defensive player.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN