Mathieu takes exception to USA Today report

By By Scooter Hobbs / American Press

Former LSU Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu took exception to a USA Today report that he failed so many drug tests in

college that “I quit counting at 10.”

The story did not have a direct quote from Mathieu, but the newspaper quoted an unnamed NFL assistant coach as saying that

was what Mathieu told him during an interview with the team.

Mathieu did not deny the quote, but in a statement released by LSU, he did take issue with the NFL assistant’s conclusion

that “If he flunked 10 tests before they suspended him, it shows that he got no kind of help.”

“LSU has a strong drug testing program,” Mathieu said in the statement. “LSU went to great lengths to help me in my treatment

and recovery.”

LSU athletic director Joe Alleva also defended the school’s drug testing program.

Mathieu was apparently angry that the assistant coach passed along the information that he thought was said in private to


“It is irresponsible and shows a lack

of integrity for anyone to disclose medical information regardless of

how it was gathered,”

Mathieu’s statement said. “I would expect that conversations

regarding my drug testing history during the course of my medical

treatment would be private.”

He later said, “To publish those

second-hand comments without being given a chance to address that

comment prior to the publication

of the article is irresponsible.”