- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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If Tyrann Mathieu wants to return to LSU's football team, it appears his journey back into a purple-and-gold uniform might be even tougher.
According to a report by Sports Illustrated, Mathieu may have violated NCAA rules by promoting a night club while he was still a member of the team. Sports Illustrated reported that Mathieu appeared in a video made by a group of his friends called Era Nation where he promotes a party at a Baton Rouge, La., club called The Palace on March 10 of this year.
Sources told SI that Mathieu received benefits at the club that could also affect his eligibility.
His pictures were also used on fliers promoting the event "Era Nation Album Release Party For Tyrann Mathieu." Former LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne and current LSU defensive tackle Anthony Johnson were also on the fliers.
LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette said the school was aware of Johnson being featured on the flier, but said that he didn't think Johnson knew about his picture being used and didn't think the sophomore had committed any violation.
Mathieu, who was dismissed from LSU's football team in August following a failed drug test, re-enrolled at LSU as a student this fall after entering a four-week treatment program in Houston run by former NBA star John Lucas. While Mathieu hasn't confirmed he'd like to return to LSU's football team in 2013, the thought is that he'd like to return to the Tigers' team and play next season.
Now, his path back to the team is a little muddier with the possibility of NCAA violations hovering over his head. It wouldn't just affect him with LSU, either. Mathieu could miss out on playing for other schools as well if what he did is considered a violation.
It's been a rough road for the Honey Badger to venture down since August, and it's going to get tougher if the NCAA finds him in the wrong. The hope is that after his time in treatment, football is no longer his main concern, and that whatever happens doesn't affect his new path in life.