Tyrann Mathieu isn’t a member of the LSU football program anymore but his name continues to come up.
According to Sports Illustrated, Mathieu might have violated NCAA rules promoting a nightclub when he was still a member of the team. The Magazine says Mathieu was in a video that had been made by a group of his friends who are also known as “Era Nation”. They were said to be promoting a party at a Baton Rouge nightclub called The Palace for March 10 of this year.
Mathieu’s pictures were on the fliers that promoted the event, called “Era Nation Album Release Party for Tyrann Mathieu.” Former LSU cornerback and now Dallas Cowboy, Morris Claiborne, was also on the flier, as well as current Tigers defensive tackle Anthony Johnson.
This may not seem serious to some but it is a clear violation of NCAA rules. The NCAA prohibits student-athletes from allowing their names or pictures to be used in advertising for the sale of a product, or in this case, service.
Claiborne was on to the NFL when the flier was released and Mathieu was dismissed from the team but still chose to remain enrolled at school.
Chances are the players didn’t realize they were breaking an NCAA rule. The amount of rules enforced by the NCAA could fill a dictionary and players and coaches more often then not don’t know each and every one of them.
It’s difficult for Mathieu though. The slightest infraction could blow his chances at ever returning to the LSU football team.
Although, his time may have already run out.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.
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