Claiborne, who formed the country’s most celebrated cornerback duo with Mathieu last season, had heard only bits and pieces of the story by the time the Cowboys’ walkthrough ended. LSU coach Les Miles had announced earlier in the day that Mathieu was being dismissed from the team for violating school and team rules.
“I heard it and I was like, ‘What? No way,’” Claiborne said. “Then people kept telling me, so I’m going to go watch ESPN now and see what’s really going on.”
Claiborne described his relationship with Mathieu as “very close.” Claiborne said he frequently talks to Mathieu, but they had not discussed the issues that led to the dismissal of the “Honey Badger” from LSU.
“Obviously he did something that he wasn’t supposed to do,” Claiborne said. “But me knowing Tyrann, he’s a great guy, great kid. I mean, sometimes things just happen.”