Tyrann Mathieu’s Family Seeks Legal Action Against Sports Illustrated

Tyrann Mathieu

Derick E. Hingle – US Presswire

Tyrann Mathieu has had more than forgetting about marijuana and getting his football life back in order to think about.  The former LSU Tigers standout and his parents have got some determined reporters to worry about.

The Honey Badger’s father, Tyrone Mathieu, told FOX 8 in New Orleans that he’s hired a law firm in an attempt to get the repeated interview inquiries for an interview by Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans to stop.

A letter from the Irpino Law Firm in New Orleans addresses Mr. Thamel and Sports Illustrated and says, “”You have been consistently harassing Mr. Mathieu and his family regarding personal issues. Mr. Mathieu informed you that they have no desire to respond to your inquiries. Despite repeated assertions of this position… you have trespassed on the Mathieu’s property and otherwise violated their privacy… Demand is made that you cease and desist from any attempts at making contact with Mr. Mathieu or any member of his family.”

What’s more is that Torrey Lewis, the owner of a local club, went on WBRZ in Baton Rouge and claimed that Sports Illustrated attempted to bribe him in to say certain things about Mathieu that weren’t true for interviews.  The club’s promoter is backing the club’s position.

Mathieu was dismissed from the team back in August, but is seeking to get reinstated as a member of the LSU team for the 2013 season.  Head coach Les Miles had said that Mathieu was kicked off of the team, but it was widely assumed that he would transfer at that time.  With Mathieu wanting to remain and attempt to right his path with LSU, he’s essentially been given an additional chance to get his life back in order which his parents have taken a very active role in helping him in.

They however, are not big on interview requests.

Dan Irwin is an SEC football writer for Rant Sports.  Follow him on Twitter @ danirwin_rant or on Facebook at “facebook.com/danirwin.sports“.

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