UPDATE: Mathieu has released a statement disputing the USA Today story. See below.
Could this cost Mathieu even more in the NFL draft? WWL draft analyst Mike Detillier doesn't think so, calling the drug test story a worst-kept secret.
''Despite all these negatives and failed drug tests, he is still going to be a top 100 pick, late second, somewhere into the third round,'' Detillier told WWL First News.
Listen to WWL draft analyst Mike Detillier:
''Talented players, it might not be fair in life but talented athletes get second, third and fourth chances,'' said Detillier.
Detillier says Mathieu will convince one NFL coach or manager that he is clean and will be a winner and they will take him. Mathieu is traveling the country and visiting with various teams leading up to the draft in a couple of weeks.
Update: Mathieu and LSU released the following joint statement today:
Tyrann Mathieu has contacted LSU regarding Friday’s USA Today story that included a quote attributed to him that came from an unnamed NFL Coach. Mathieu said the story does not accurately reflect the discussions that he has had while on official visits to various NFL organizations.
“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. LSU has a strong drug testing program and LSU went to great lengths to help me in my treatment and recovery. 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, expressed 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,” Alleva 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.”
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