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When you have one of the best football programs in the country and were just in the national championship, the last thing you want to lose is your star player. So, whatever Tyrann Mathieu did to get the LSU Tigers to dismiss him must have been a doozy.
The star cornerback, who was a contender for the Heisman Trophy, has been removed from the team for violating team rules.
“This is a very difficult day for our team,” head coach Les Miles said. “We lose a quality person, teammate and contributor to the program. However, with that being said, we have a standard that our players are held to and when that standard is not met, there are consequences.”
Miles also said “It’s hard because we all love Tyrann. We will do what we can as coaches, teammates, and friends to get him on a path where he can have success. We are going to miss him.”
The team hasn’t specified which rule the player broke, but he has gotten in trouble in the past for testing positive for synthetic marijuana. He was nominated for the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore, making him one of the best all-around football players in the country. He finished fifth in the Heisman voting, making him a contender to win it all this year.
Mathieu left the Ohio State Buckeyes of his hometown of Columbus, snubbing them to go play for LSU. He had 133 tackles last year for LSU and four interceptions. His nickname on the team was “Honey Badger,” an animal known for being able to fight animals that are much bigger.
“Tyrann deserved the nickname … because the honey badger takes what it wants, and Tyrann takes what he wants on the field,” said Morris Claiborne, a former teammate, who now plays for the Dallas Cowboys.