Former LSU players Mathieu, Jefferson busted

Tyrann Mathieu is taken to a police car in handcuffs at the Baton Rouge station.
Tyrann Mathieu is taken to a police car in handcuffs at the Baton Rouge station. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Posted: October 26, 2012

FORMER LSU football standouts Tyrann Mathieu and Jordan Jefferson were among four ex-players arrested Thursday after police found them with marijuana at Mathieu's Louisiana apartment, police said.

Lt. Don Kelly, a Baton Rouge police spokesman, said officers were called to the apartment complex about 3:30 p.m. after receiving a complaint about a man forcing his way through the security gate before going to Mathieu's apartment.

"Officers immediately smelled a strong odor of marijuana and obtained consent from Mathieu to search the apartment," Kelly said.

Inside they found Jefferson and two other men - Karnell Hatcher and Derrick Bryant - as well as a marijuana grinder, digital scale and 10 bags of high-grade marijuana. Kelly said seven of the bags were found inside Bryant's book bag.

Mathieu, 20, of New Orleans, and Jefferson, 22, of St. Rose, La., were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of simple possession of marijuana. Hatcher, 22, of Delray Beach, Fla., was booked with second-offense simple possession of marijuana and Bryant, 22, of Lawrenceville, Ga., was booked with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Mathieu, a former Heisman Trophy finalist and cornerback known as the "Honey Badger," has no criminal record but has well-documented drug problems that led to his dismissal from the Tigers in August. He had enrolled as a student at the school following 2 weeks of rehab under the care of former NBA player John Lucas. He also had talked about possibly returning to the team for the 2013 season with two seasons of eligibility. He is also eligible to apply for the NFL draft in April.

Jefferson, the Tigers' former starting quarterback, had returned to Baton Rouge to finish his degree after playing with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. Jefferson had been suspended for the start of his senior season in connection with a preseason bar fight near campus.

Noteworthy * 

Maryland quarterback Devin Burns is out for the season with a foot injury, the third Terrapins quarterback to suffer a season-ending injury. The Terps also lost wide receiver Marcus Leak for the year with a fractured toe.

In a Thursday game: * 

Tajh Boyd threw for a school-record 428 yards with five touchdown passes, Sammy Watkins added a school-record 202 yards receiving and No. 14 Clemson routed Wake Forest, 42-13.

The visiting Tigers (7-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored the first 35 points in their fourth consecutive victory and fourth straight in the series with the Demon Deacons (4-4, 2-4).

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