Initial reports regarding the delivery of something other than a pizza (although the substance that was involved could result in the delivery of multiple pizzas) to the home of Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson implicated teammate Anthony Collins, who was present when the package arrived.
Coach Marvin Lewis later said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that Collins was not involved. Collins has now issued a statement through lawyer W. Robert Lotz, via Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Here’s the full text of it.
“This past Tuesday morning I stopped by the house of my teammate, Jerome Simpson, on my way to the stadium. While I was at his home, several law enforcement officers unexpectedly entered the house. I had no idea what it was about and after identifying myself and speaking to the officers, they let me go on my way.
“Unfortunately I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. However, I do want to take this opportunity to let my fans, friends and family know that I had no part in the reported activities at Jerome’s home. I have done nothing wrong and I have not been charged with doing anything wrong. So far as I know, I am no longer a part of any investigation.
“In due time, I am confident that authorities will clear my name and announce I am not a person of interest and my name will be completely cleared from Tuesday’s incident. In the meantime, my focus will continue to be on playing football and helping my teammates, coaches and the rest of the Cincinnati Bengals organization have a successful 2011 season.”
Simpson has said nothing in response to Tuesday’s incident.