New Vikings receiver Jerome Simpson thinks people in Minnesota may have the wrong idea about him because he’s coming to the team after a 15-day jail term for a felony drug charge, and he says he wants people to get to know him as a person.
“I made a poor decision. I got caught in something that wasn’t really my personality or me,” Simpson told Bob Sansevere of the Pioneer Press. “Everybody makes mistakes. I just want people to kind of forgive me.”
While he was playing for the Bengals, Simpson had two pounds of marijuana delivered to his home. He says that’s not indicative of his character.
“I’m not a drug dealer or anything. I’m not out there like that. I just made a poor decision,” Simpson said. “I paid my debt to society. I want to help people not make the same decision I made. One of my goals is to help people not go down that path like I did.”
Simpson, who will serve a three-game suspension at the start of the regular season, said that 15-day jail term was enough to teach him a valuable lesson.
“Those 15 days I spent in jail, it was terrible,” Simpson said. “It sucked. Any kids out there, that’s a place you don’t want to be. Somebody tells you when to wake up, when to make your bed, when to take a shower, when you can have a snack. That’s an obstacle you don’t want to face. I want all kids to learn not to go down that path and to learn from me. Things happen for a reason. The man upstairs wanted me to change. It sucked I had to go through it that way. It made me a stronger, better person.”