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Jerome Simpson pleads guilty to felony drug charge

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It’s never wise for a player to be arrested in the weeks preceding his arrival on the free-agent market.  It’s even less wise for a player to plead guilty to felony charges less than a fortnight away from free agency.

But that’s what Bengals (for now) receiver Jerome Simpson has done.  WLWT in Cincinnati reports that Simpson has pleaded guilty to one felony drug charge arising from the arrival of a package full of marijuana at his residence early in the 2011 NFL season.

Under the plea agreement, Simpson faces up to 60 days in jail with work release (does Nike make an officially-licensed ankle bracelet?), three years probation, and 200 hours community service.

Sentencing will occur next month. In addition to potential jail time, Simpson surely faces a suspension from the league office.

None of this means he’ll be shunned.  If a team is willing to endure the temporary P.R. fallout, Simpson will be available at a relative bargain.

Which likely means he’ll re-sign with the Bengals.

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14 Responses to “Jerome Simpson pleads guilty to felony drug charge”
  1. vegaskid21 says: Mar 1, 2012 10:54 AM

    Is that the receiver who did a front flip over the defender, landed a perfect 10 on his feet for the TD?

  2. buckybadger says: Mar 1, 2012 10:58 AM

    Got easy buddy. Most get a lot worse. Better learn from it because if make the DA look stupid down the road he won’t be as kind.

  3. pitchblack816 says: Mar 1, 2012 11:00 AM

    And the tradition continues in Cincy…..

  4. greej1938l says: Mar 1, 2012 11:01 AM

    Yeah Vegas…that’s the guy.

  5. reallypeoplegetalife says: Mar 1, 2012 11:04 AM

    i never understood why people cant just play football. leave the street life in the street. your a role model start teaching and sending the right message

  6. sj39 says: Mar 1, 2012 11:10 AM

    Make it legal now.

  7. ttommytom says: Mar 1, 2012 11:25 AM

    To plead out that fast means option 2 was 10 years in Club Fed.

    People don’t just wake up one day and receive felont weight weed. I’m sure he was the go to guy at Coastal C.

    I agree, make it legal and tax the crap out of it. Keep our dollars here and use the money for a safer America.

  8. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Mar 1, 2012 11:28 AM

    He probably has a better chance to catch on somewhere if he pleads guilty, owns up to it, takes his punishment and doesn’t have this hanging over his head during the season.

  9. maseworld83 says: Mar 1, 2012 11:33 AM

    But he did a front flip! IN A GAME! Sometimes we have to let things slide…

  10. stevincinci says: Mar 1, 2012 11:49 AM

    Won’t be a Bengal.

  11. 49erstim says: Mar 1, 2012 1:23 PM

    Heck, in Cincy this should get him lots of cred in the locker room.

    What’s the suspension for receiving a lifetime supply of bud via fedex?

  12. Anders Cules says: Mar 1, 2012 1:25 PM

    He did get incredibly high on that flip.

  13. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Mar 1, 2012 2:03 PM

    The raiders will take him.

  14. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Mar 1, 2012 2:33 PM

    @brianbosworthisstonecold

    We’ll trade him to ya for DHB and a ham sammich.

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