One day after a story surfaced that he missed two meetings with NFL teams because he was sick, Mathieu tweeted out an advertisement Wednesday for his draft party, which will be held Thursday night.
|Ex-LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu recently tweeted out an advertisement for a 2013 NFL Draft party Thursday night. (mathieu_era (intsagram)/)|
We love the confidence. The party is held on Thursday night and it calls Mathieu a first-round pick.
Despite the fact that he sent out the invitation from his verified account, Mathieu displayed a quick backpedal on the issue:
"I didn't say i was going 1st round.. I Did not approve that part of the flyer..." Mathieu wrote after the flyer had been up a few hours. He also wrote: "Smh they just be looking for stuff."
Party promoters often use a player's image and presence to advertise parties in exchange for a fee. Sometimes the promoters use a player's name even without their permission. The difference in this case: Mathieu himself sent out the party invitation.
Taken in isolation, the party and the missed visits aren't big deals. But this is not the type of attention Mathieu wants before a team takes a chance on him. This is not what NFL teams want to be reading about during draft week. And you can be sure they are paying attention.Follow Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter @greggrosenthal.