The tale of Honey Badger will apparently NOT have a happy ending after all.
Then again, maybe he’ll end up as someone’s special honey badger in jail in the future?
Mathieu, also known as the Honey Badger, was arrested and charged Thursday along with three former LSU football players, including former quarterback Jordan Jefferson, after officers found the marijuana in Mathieu’s apartment, according to the police report. The report also said that officers found a marijuana grinder, a digital scale and 10 bags of high-grade marijuana inside the apartment.
Mathieu was dismissed from LSU’s football team over the summer, after reportedly failing a drug test. He then entered a rehab center in Houston and later returned to LSU to resume classes with hopes of playing football somewhere in 2013.
That place likely won’t be LSU now.
Remember when coach Les Miles said he expected there to be a happy ending for Mathieu in all of this? Well, this certainly isn’t what he meant. Mathieu appeared to be doing all the right things. He was getting help and getting back to school without focusing on football. While it looked like he wanted to return to LSU’s football team in the future, he knew it was going to be a tough road back.
After the phrase “when the truth comes out” (it never does) or next favorite sports/crime phrase has to be “we do not want to rush to judgment.”
As in, “we know it LOOKS like the guy on our team did something really, really awful, it was caught on camera, and there are 100 witnesses, but let the legal process take its sweet time and hopefully your outrage will have faded in the meantime or you will have found another shiny object to fixate on.” So please, don’t think badly of our program and stop spending your cash on us.
In this case, the plea for us to “not rush to judgement” comes from the University of Minnesota men’s basketball team after an assistant coach, and the son of head coach Tubby Smith, was arrested for DWI was pulled over at 2:20 am early Saturday morning after cops spotted him speeding on a highway and driving on the shoulder. Okay, so maybe there is a logical explanation for that, right?
Maybe, but young Saul Smith also blew a 0.18% BAC, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08%. Not enough to get him into our World Famous BadJocks BAC Rankings (you need a 0.23% or higher these days) but if Mr. Smith is around 200 lbs, that means–according to our chart–he had to have consumed about 10 drinks in the hour before his arrest to get a BAC in that range.
Yes, we do always have to let the legal process work its way out, and the school has put Coach Smith on unpaid leave, but please don’t try and make us feel like he guy was framed or there is some other explanation for this behavior. It certainly appears the he had quite a bit to drink and got behind the wheel.
They do things differently in Europe, don’t they? In the US, a star athlete would pay someone else to drunkenly drive their care into a 7-11. But not over there. Nope, in Europe they still do things the old-fashioned way. As my grandpa used to say, “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” That’s likely the motto of Belgian soccer star Jonathan “Which One is the Brake?” Legear.
Here’s more on the story from USA Today (video below):
A Belgian soccer player drove his speeding Porsche through the glass doors of a gas station convenience store, injuring a customer at the cash register. Security video taken early Sunday shows Jonathan Legear’s car crashing in the eastern town of Tongeren. The luxury sports car plowed through several stalls of food and drinks before stopping, forcing customer Jeffrey Dewallef to jump out of the way. ”Injuries are mostly scrapes but I also have a badly twisted ankle,” Dewallef told a local television station. The 25-year-old player will be charged with involuntary assault and possibly intoxication, court spokesman Michel Zegers said Monday. Legear will be banned from driving for at least two weeks and could spend time in jail, Zegers added.
The store’s owner estimated the damage at $325,000. Legear apologized to all who “have been directly or indirectly affected by what happened.”
Michael Turner hasn’t exactly had the best start to a season so far in 2012. He was limited to just 11 carries in the opening week and while he followed that up with a 42 yard, one touchdown performance on Monday night against the Denver Broncos, things will be getting a little more difficult for the nine year pro. Early Tuesday morning, Turner was arrested and charged with DUI and speeding.
The 30-year-old rusher was pulled over after police say they saw him going 97 MPH in a 65 MPH zone. Turner was driving his Audi R8 sports car at the time of the incident and upon questioning by police at the scene and a subsequent failed drug test; he was taken to Gwinnett County Jail and booked just after 5 a.m. ET.
The way NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been cracking down on behavior detrimental to the league off the field, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Turner get suspended or fined heavily for this incident. While the fact that he was driving while drunk and excessively speeding are terrible things, fans may begin to question whether Turner can be trusted enough to lead the team to the Super Bowl. His lack of judgment is easily seen following the arrest and any possible punishment the league hands down to him would be deserving, but it does nothing but hurt the team.
You know, there’s drunk, and then there’s “crazy drunk. It also leads to great mug shots, doesn’t it? Here’s more on the story from USA Today:
Former Oakland Raiders and Cal Poly assistant coach Randy Hanson faces assault and battery charges for an Aug. 4 incident in which he allegedly smashed a beer bottle into the face of a man and then locked himself in a limo, the San Luis Obispo Tribune reports.
First off, no, we don’t know what his exact BAC was, other than it was over the legal limit of .08%. (And likely not enought to qualify him for the World Famous BadJocks BAC Rankings.) How much over could impact what Lynch is charged with and the punishment handed down by the team and/or the league. Lynch, who played high school football in Oakland and is college ball at Cal was arrested Saturday after a traffic stop on Interstate 880 and appears to have been cooperative with officers, even submitting to a blood test. (Sorry, no tasering here fellas, move on.)
Like Dez Bryant, this is also not Lynch’s first run in with the law. He had his license was revoked in 2008 after pleading guilty to “failing to exercise due care toward a pedestrian.” Translation? Lynch apparently didn’t realize he ran into a woman outside a Buffalo bar at 3:30 a.m. Oh, and Lynch was also suspended for three games in 2009 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor weapons charge.
Fantasy Football Impact: In most fantasy football drafts, Lynch is considered a Top Ten pick at RB after a monster year in 2011. If he misses even a few games that could really hurt his value, as well as put more pressure on new QB Matt Flynn to produce in the air without him. Given what Flynn was able to do in the last game of the season against the Lions, that might not be a bad thing and could shift the pass/run balance of the Seahawks attack for the long haul. The real question is which of Lynch’s backups would get the lion’s share of the workload if he’s benched. Most likely right now is unheralded Robert Turbin from Utah State, but there does not appear to be a clear replacement on the squad.