Fan Donates $100K to PETA After “Unfair” Penalty Negates Tyrann Mathieu Interception

For Immediate Release:
February 8, 2021

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – Angry at what he calls a “100% unfair” penalty that nullified Tyrann Mathieu’s brilliant interception during Super Bowl LV, a PETA donor says that he will still give the $100,000 he had pledged to the group for a Honey Badger interception, because “the dogs didn’t deserve that call and neither did Tyrann.”

Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange:

As if starring in two viral PETA videos to help dogs weren’t enough, Tyrann Mathieu has now scored a donation that will help PETA spay and neuter dogs for free, provide ones who would otherwise freeze with sturdy doghouses, and give away straw bedding that provides these animals with some insulation against the bitter cold. This winter will be a little less cold for neglected “backyard dogs,” thanks to Tyrann—PETA’s MVP for helping the Most Vulnerable Pups.

While PETA urges everyone to keep dogs indoors with the rest of the family, the group’s field team—which serves low-income areas of rural Virginia and North Carolina—provides dogs like Champ (pictured below) with free doghouses among many other services. These animals might otherwise have nothing more than a plastic carrier or an overturned trash can for shelter. The group will next give away free straw bedding for dogs this Wednesday in Hopewell, Virginia.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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