Tyrann Mathieu has made a name for himself with highlight-film returns, his play in LSU’s secondary, and his frequent Twitter boasting and sparring. Well the social media buzz is about to be quieted a bit. The “Honey Badger” told reporters yesterday that he’s going to dial down his chatter at the request of coach Les Miles:
“I respect Coach, and whatever decision he makes I go along with it. There’s a lot of guys on this team who are deserving of the spotlight. I don’t have to be in it all the time and I’m fine with that. Everything’s going well right now and I’ve just got to watch what I put on Twitter.”
Miles said that he’s also going to manage how often his Heisman-hopeful gets to chat with reporters:
“I enjoy many times his representation, and as long as it doesn’t become a distraction to him, he’ll have some time to visit (with reporters). So many times, he’s such a pleasing guy, he wants to please everybody… Too many interviews, one after another, just doesn’t tell him what he needs to do. What he needs to do is do well academically, finish this football season and have a long-range view of himself. Sometimes, even though the world wants today’s quote, that’s not necessarily what’s important.”
The cynic would say that Miles is merely trying to avoid distractions that Mathieu could ignite with his written or spoken words. That’s certainly possible. But it’s also possible Miles is actually trying to help a talented young man learn that there are things in life more important than fame and facetime.
Or even Facebook, as the case may be.