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Tyrann Mathieu

'Honey Badger'

Checks Into Rehab

8/17/2012 4:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0817_tyrann_mathieuTyrann Mathieu -- the ex-LSU football star who was kicked off the team last week for violating the school's substance abuse policy -- has checked himself into rehab.

Mathieu's father, Tyrone, told WVUE-TV in New Orleans that the Honey Badger has been at the Right Step recovery center in Houston since Monday.

Mathieu -- a 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist -- is being mentored daily by former NBA star John Lucas, whose career was derailed by drugs in the 1980s. Lucas has gone on to help dozens of athletes battle addiction.

Mathieu's father said that Tyrann will focus on his health before deciding on his football future.

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