Football is king

All collegiate spring games have been played and the 2013 NFL Draft has passed, and now the NBA playoffs have begun, but who really pays close attention to the NBA playoffs until the championship?

I mostly certainly do not, especially since Kobe Bryant went down with an Achilles tendon injury and shattered the Laker’s playoff run. My real concern, during the LSU football offseason, is the trouble that has surfaced throughout the past two years for the Tigers.

Yes, football is king, but should it overshadow everything else?

Tyrann Mathieu is the 69th overall draft pick by the Arizona Cardinals after being dismissed from the LSU team for failing a drug test. Mathieu’s success at LSU put him in the running as a Heisman Trophy finalist, but his own choices lead to his time as a Tiger to be cut short.

According to, in 2011 the Honey Badger, Tharold Simon, and Spencer Ware were suspended for the Auburn game after testing positive in a drug test. All three former Tigers were drafted over the weekend, but have they learned from their mistakes?

Apparently not for the Honey Badger or Simon. Mathieu was arrested with three other members of the 2011 LSU team in October 2012. The Badger sealed his own fate with the Tigers.

This past weekend, amidst the Tiger’s historical 2013 draft with nine, Simon still made headlines off the field.

According to, Simon was arrested on charges of public intimidation of a police officer, resisting an officer, a noise violation and obstruction of a roadway.

LSU sophomore tailback Jeremy Hill followed suit behind Simon. According to, Hill was arrested and charged with simple battery after allegedly punching another man outside of Reggie’s Bar.

Hill’s college career was delayed a year after he was arrested in early 2011 for an alleged sexual assault on a 14-year-old girl. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was able to enroll at LSU and play football last season.

I understand people make mistakes, but how many second chances should a person be given? Football is most certainly king, but even the king should learn from his mistakes.

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About Chessa Bouche

Chessa Bouche is a sports writer for She played semi-professional basketball in Shreveport in 2007 and received her undergraduate degree from Ole Miss in broadcast journalism in 2009. Chessa had aspirations of playing collegiate basketball but laid them to rest to focus on obtaining her college degree. Currently she pursues a master’s degree in mass communication at LSU.

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