According to Tyrann Mathieu, SI would not take no for an answer. The former LSU star and his family hired a law firm, in an attempt to end what they perceived to be a barrage of television and in person interview requests for this piece by Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans.
The letter from Irpino Law Firm in New Orleans is addressed to Peter Thamel and Sports Illustrated and reads in part, “You have been consistently harassing Mr. Mathieu and his family regarding personal issues. Mr. Mathieu informed you that they have no desire to respond to your inquiries. Despite repeated assertions of this position… you have trespassed on the Mathieu’s property and otherwise violated their privacy… Demand is made that you cease and desist from any attempts at making contact with Mr. Mathieu or any member of his family.”
The persistent interview requests should not surprise, since that’s where the story was. What emerged in the SI piece was information already in the public domain, rehashed stuff about his father, some “Reefer Madness” style assessment of marijuana use (It’s an epidemic, you guys) and the revelation he might face NCAA issues, should he try to return, for having his likeness used on fliers. Heaven forbid someone besides ESPN, CBS, the NCAA, the SEC and LSU exploit him for profit.
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