But they’ve now decided, as a family, that Tyrann will remain at a drug rehab center in Houston for the near future, instead of returning to classes at LSU or any other college – in order to play football this fall.
The Honey Badger’s father, Tyrone Mathieu, tells FOX 8 Sports that he and Tyrann agree — until he conquers his demons, he won’t be successful at his future endeavors, wherever they unfold. The senior Mathieu says both Tyrann and his family are committed to restoring Tyrann’s health, no matter what it takes, believing football will take care of itself down the road.
Tyrann Mathieu has been at the Right Step recovery center in Houston since Monday.
Former NBA star John Lucas is now mentoring Tyrann daily. Lucas was a successful NBA standout for 14 years before a cocaine and alcohol addiction threatened to destroy him. Lucas successfully completed rehab and went on to have a signature second career as an NBA coach.
Lucas has also dedicated himself to helping other athletes recover from addiction. He’s developed programs designed specifically for the pressures and challenges athletes face. Lucas is now dedicating his efforts to guiding Tyrann through the rehabilitation process, and he will be one of the main voices who determine when Tyrann is ready to leave first step and return to New Orleans.