When LSU football players, even former players, get in trouble with the law, it’s a sadness for LSU fans. But an arrest for possession of marijuana by Tyrann Mathieu is particularly heartbreaking.

That Mathieu had been dismissed from the team was a blow to the Tigers and to the generation of young people who looked up to the “Honey Badger’s” playing brilliance.

Now this, with three other former LSU players.

These young men are innocent until proven guilty in court. But in the court of public opinion, the fans wonder how this predicament came about.

We had hoped to see Mathieu once more glorying in victory in Tiger Stadium. But that would require a self-discipline that the young New Orleans star appears not to have.