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Mathieu opens up

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Tyrann Mathieu doesn't want to be known as the Honey Badger anymore.

The nickname once meant as a compliment to the former LSU star has too many negative connotations after a string of off-the-field problems.

Mathieu was kicked off LSU's team before last season for failing repeated drug tests and was later arrested on marijuana charges.

He spent the past six months trying to rehabilitate his image and the Arizona Cardinals took a chance on the former Heisman Trophy finalist by using a third-round draft pick to select him.

Mathieu should have a good support group around him. Teammate Kevin Minter was drafted by Arizona the round before him and cornerback Patrick Peterson is a former teammate and one of his closest friends.

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