Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu cancelled his draft party on Thursday night but that doesn't mean he stayed in.
Mathieu and more than 50 of his closest friends packed the basement of Manhattan's Southern Hospitality restaurant for dinner on Thursday night, Robert Klemko of USA Today reports.
Friends of Mathieu and friends of friends, acquaintances and downright strangers sipped cocktails and half-yelled over the hip-hop tracks of Justin Timberlake, the restaurant's owner, before Mathieu walked in around 8 p.m., with his two best friends from high school, his girlfriends of two years, his high school football coach, a manager, a marketing assistant and an agent.
Three ESPN cameras focused on Mathieu, just in case a team defied the pundits. Aware the focus was on him, Mathieu asked a promoter to put the music back on. No need to listen to Goodell yet.
That's when the marketing man broke the ice: "Check your phone to make sure you've got reception," Alex Guerrero told Mathieu. "You got enough bars? All you need is one!"
Guerrero, 29, is a former Boise State lineman who had stints with three NFL teams before turning to the Arena League. Football over, he founded a brand management company for athletes, and his biggest client is Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, who shares an agent with Mathieu.
By the time Peterson's Cardinals picked at No. 7, however, Mathieu was digging into spinach dip with tortilla chips and chowing on hot wings. Guerrero joked again: "Take a picture of this and post it, so they know it's a dinner and not a party."
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