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Despite recent felony conviction, Jerome Simpson visits the Rams

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Free agent receiver Jerome Simpson recently pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge, but he’s not being shunned in the NFL.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Simpson will work out for the Rams today, then head to court in Kentucky tomorrow, where he’ll be sentenced after pleading guilty to charges stemming from the delivery of a package of marijuana to his house.

The good news for Simpson is that he’s expected to do no more than 60 days behind bars, which means he’ll be out in plenty of time for training camp. And if his workout goes well, the Rams may be ready to have him at camp.

What we don’t know is whether Simpson will be available at the start of the season. He is expected to be suspended by the NFL, probably for multiple games.

A second-round pick of the Bengals in 2008, Simpson is coming off a solid season in which he caught 50 passes for 725 yards and four touchdowns.

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40 Responses to “Despite recent felony conviction, Jerome Simpson visits the Rams”
  1. bucrightoff says: Apr 4, 2012 6:58 AM

    What other job in the world can you get convicted of a felony and not only keep your job, but possibly get a raise?

  2. joetoronto says: Apr 4, 2012 7:03 AM

    All convicts should be forced to play for the Bungals.

    Mike Brown loves them anyway, because they play for less.

  3. nokoolaidcowboy says: Apr 4, 2012 7:03 AM

    What kind of moron has pot delivered to his house?

  4. steelerhypocrite says: Apr 4, 2012 7:18 AM

    How can Sam Hurd deliver these packages from jail?

  5. adlent says: Apr 4, 2012 7:21 AM

    What other job in the world can you get convicted of a felony and not only keep your job, but possibly get a raise?

    —————————–

    Not only this, but the fact that you HAVE this job means you get significantly reduced sentences compared to the common man for the same crime. Justice is served, right?

    Course, the funny thing will be that he may end up serving 2-3 times as many days for having pot delivered to his house as Donte Stallworth did for drunk driving and KILLING someone.

  6. dd393 says: Apr 4, 2012 7:21 AM

    “…the delivery of a package of marijuana to his house.”

    He should do a commercial for FedEx.

  7. gbfanforever says: Apr 4, 2012 7:27 AM

    Q: “What other job in the world can you get convicted of a felony and not only keep your job, but possibly get a raise?”

    A: Republican lawmaker

  8. sadskinsfan89 says: Apr 4, 2012 7:36 AM

    I can never understand why suspensions for marijuana match what they usually get for performance enhancing drugs. Marijuana will give you zero competitive edge as enhancers will. No sense to me. Land of the free tho right?

  9. whodeytn says: Apr 4, 2012 7:36 AM

    All convicts should be forced to play for the Bungals.

    Mike Brown loves them anyway, because they play for less.
    ——–

    Genius comment. You’re really smart.

    As for Jerome, don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya!

  10. sj39 says: Apr 4, 2012 7:40 AM

    I realize that the Fed and local governments want to keep “The War on Drugs” alive because of the amount of jobs and funding the revolving doors of the “Correctional System” create but isn’t it about time we legalize this relatively harmless recreational drug and stop creating convicted felons out of otherwise ordinary law abiding citizens?

  11. Mike Holmgrem's Chins says: Apr 4, 2012 7:40 AM

    What next ? Ryan Leaf gets a tryout to back up Sam Bradford ?

  12. crosberries says: Apr 4, 2012 7:46 AM

    So of I have 8 lbs of weed in my home with scales and drug paraphernalia the max I’ll do is around 60 days? Sign me up. Oh wait you have to be in the nfl to get one of these deals like how some don’t even spend a day in jail for killing someone. It’s disgusting how football players rule our country because they are not forced to follow the same rules as everyone else.

  13. hendawg21 says: Apr 4, 2012 7:54 AM

    And people wonder what’s wrong with our society…here you have it our sports world where you can screw up and still have the opportunity to make millions and to think about all the poor athletes have to bitch and moan about…

    Now if I had a felony conviction for having Mary Jane shipped to my house who in the H#?? do you think would hire me???

  14. spungy says: Apr 4, 2012 8:03 AM

    He’s gonna get Rammed all right.

  15. allsportsnyfan says: Apr 4, 2012 8:05 AM

    bucrightoff | Apr 4, 2012, 6:58 AM EDT
    What other job in the world can you get convicted of a felony and not only keep your job, but possibly get a raise?
    ——————————————————————————

    That is true, my friend got convicted of a white collar crime, did 30 days, in jail, and it’s been almost a year and he can’t get a job, not even packing groceries, because of his conviction. Good old USA.

  16. preventoffense says: Apr 4, 2012 8:05 AM

    When I was 22, I moved out of state to get away from all of my old buddies who were causing me nothing but trouble, and going nowhere. That was for a paltry 40k per year. What an idiot. I have no sympathy even if they canned him for life. Go work a real job if you can’t a appreciate what you have.

  17. souldogdave says: Apr 4, 2012 8:10 AM

    God Bless America, he would have been beheaded, decapitated in Singapore.

  18. vex24 says: Apr 4, 2012 8:13 AM

    The “…moron that has pot delivered to his house..” is not a real criminal…obviously. In fact, J. Simpson did not have it (pot) delivered to his house. A family member that lived with him did. The Kentucky law, unjustly, punishes the homeowner for drug activities…even if there is no evidence that the owner was involved. The NFL should Not support such a pathetic legality by adding an additional punishment to Simpson. What seems to be avoided by need for criminal sensationalism and stereo-type attitudes, is that Jerome Simpson does a very large amount of volunteer/community work. He is a hard working and humble individual. He gave shelter to family members who did something foolish.

  19. sterilizecromartie says: Apr 4, 2012 8:13 AM

    The past two-three days have been dominated by posts about marijuana and new uniforms. I’m not sure which disinterests me more.

  20. Max says: Apr 4, 2012 8:14 AM

    No denying the man is talented! If you can sign him on the cheap and have clauses that negates his contract if he gets in trouble again I don’t see why a team won’t sign him.

    Its like a free option. Smart move by the Rams, but they wont be alone. You would think the Dolphins should have a look as well, but they just got rid of Marshall for his troubles, so there is no chances they look to Simpson. He is as good as some of the rcvers that signed 4yr 20mm deals recently. Chicago can have a look, but they just lost the drug kingpin Sam Hurd, so they wont look.

    Jets, Texans, Ravens should all take a look at this kid, if he can be had on the cheap! Dont even worry about 4 game suspension.

  21. joshh967 says: Apr 4, 2012 8:23 AM

    But UPS has such great prices…how can you afford to NOT to use their service.

  22. pixelito says: Apr 4, 2012 8:23 AM

    For Weed?

    Wake up and join the human race Kentucky… Pot is not a felony.

  23. johnnyb1976 says: Apr 4, 2012 8:23 AM

    joetoronto

    How many times have I told you go comment on something you know like artic winters or socialized healthcare. Leave the commenting on real football to people that know it. Go away nobody cares what you have to think

  24. shaunypoo says: Apr 4, 2012 8:24 AM

    Thought he was really coming into his own, and was only going to get better with Green on the other side. But we (the fans) are tired of tolerating this crap, so see ya.

  25. 6thsense79 says: Apr 4, 2012 8:31 AM

    Bucrightoff
    I believe Mister Simpson is looking for a new job after his conviction. His old employer the Bengals let him go. He may be able to catch on with a new employer the Rams.

  26. jacunn2000 says: Apr 4, 2012 8:44 AM

    This is disgusting. I love football, but they have have to start drawing a line somewhere. How do we explainthis to our kids? What a mess.

  27. pskotte says: Apr 4, 2012 8:48 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Apr 4, 2012 7:03 AM
    All convicts should be forced to play for the Bungals.
    ———————————————
    Hey Joe – what does LeShoure and Fairley have in common with Simpson? I mean besides being morons.

  28. nathanbetz91 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:12 AM

    Only 60 days in jail?! seriously? I would bet anyone that eventually he’ll get caught for the same thing if not something similar. The point of jail is to reform people to Make them learn what they did wrong, and for a felony charge that’s just a slap on the wrist. Wish I was famous and do whatever the heck I want

  29. basballguy says: Apr 4, 2012 9:27 AM

    Wonder how low his Wonderlic Score was?

  30. raymondtx says: Apr 4, 2012 10:05 AM

    “What other job in the world can you get convicted of a felony and not only keep your job, but possibly get a raise?

    Uh…the NBA.

  31. rickywatts80 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:48 AM

    The comments here are so moronic. Jerome Simpson is a world class athlete. You are not. Get over it.

    He will get hired because he can run amazingly fast and can catch a football better than other people who want his job.

    You will not get hired because there are a bunch of other morons just like you that can do your job that haven’t been convicted of a crime.

    He will not get a lighter sentence by virtue of the fact that he is an NFL player. To say so is ignorant.

  32. archibaldnemesis says: Apr 4, 2012 10:56 AM

    the consistently conservative and borderline racist undertones that come from NFL fans in the comments of these type of articles make me sick.

  33. moneymike23 says: Apr 4, 2012 11:13 AM

    I didn’t even know he was a FA.

  34. mullman7675 says: Apr 4, 2012 11:51 AM

    Legalize it. Anyone who thinks otherwise has their head buried in the sand. Cigarettes, alcohol, prescription pills- all are many times worse than the sticky green. These are the facts, can you deal with it? Legalize it, tax it. It’s an easy decision.

  35. ktravp says: Apr 4, 2012 12:11 PM

    The Bengals fans who are paying attention realize the funniest part of the article was the line: “Simpson is coming off a solid season”.

    Simpson will forever be known for that amazing flip into the endzone and rightly so. However, that flip has to be taken into context of his overall season of multiple dropped passes at critical moments, stopping short in his routes, not playing to the ball in the air (waiting instead of pursuing), etc., etc., etc. At one point, he had the lowest reception rate for targeted wr’s in the NFL this season.

    I agree that Simpson is a gifted athlete. Some of his catches are awe inspiring, but he’s equally frustrating when he consistently fails at the routine pass reception.

  36. sj39 says: Apr 4, 2012 1:21 PM

    mullman7675 says:
    Apr 4, 2012 11:51 AM
    Legalize it. Anyone who thinks otherwise has their head buried in the sand. Cigarettes, alcohol, prescription pills- all are many times worse than the sticky green. These are the facts, can you deal with it? Legalize it, tax it. Its an easy decision.

    Keep filthy, stinking taxes out of it!

  37. lolb23 says: Apr 4, 2012 1:23 PM

    Jeff Fisher obviously has no morals. Rams are the new Bengals.

  38. fsf7 says: Apr 4, 2012 1:39 PM

    What other job in the world can you get convicted of a felony and not only keep your job, but possibly get a raise?
    ——————————————————————————

    That is true, my friend got convicted of a white collar crime, did 30 days, in jail, and it’s been almost a year and he can’t get a job, not even packing groceries, because of his conviction. Good old USA.
    ——————-

    You got that right – he isn’t going to get any job of consequence ever. His only hope is to be an entreprenuer.

  39. RedRuffAndSore says: Apr 4, 2012 5:39 PM

    @mullman7675 who said: “Legalize it.”

    Right! But, it won’t happen cuz the drug companies and alcohol industry dictate public policy in this area and they don’t want their profits undercut by grow-your-own, cheap marijuana. That’s the way this country operates — those with vested interests, powerful lobbyists and enough cash to bribe or frighten politicians write the laws (or, more correctly, have their politician-pawns write the laws) that they want.

  40. londonbengal says: Apr 4, 2012 5:52 PM

    Wonder if Simpson outscored Claiborne on the wonderlic ?

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