(The Root) — Tyrann Mathieu is 20 years old with the rest of his life ahead of him. His skill and dedication to football put him in prime position to become an NFL millionaire in the next year or two. But he must decide what he wants most, the money or marijuana.
Mathieu, a Heisman Trophy finalist as a sophomore last season for Louisiana State University, has entered a drug rehabilitation center since being dismissed last week from the team. That’s a great first step for the All-America defensive back, especially compared to transferring and playing elsewhere this season, which he considered. He certainly had options; about 20 schools contacted LSU and asked for permission to speak with the player known as the “Honey Badger.”
But football can wait. It won’t matter where Mathieu goes next unless he quits smoking weed. Other schools and other coaches