Angry Jerome Simpson: If you lost $60,000, you’d be mad too

AP

We noted this morning that Jerome Simpson was not happy that he was not active for Sunday’s game against the Redskins, in part because Simpson’s contract pays him $59,375 per game that he’s among the Vikings’ 46 active players. Today Simpson articulated his anger.

You lose $60,000 you’d be mad, too,” Simpson told reporters. “I’m just a competitor, man. I just want to be out there on the field. Any time something is getting taken away from you, obviously you’re going to be upset about it.”

Simpson added that he had spoken with coach Leslie Frazier and that they’re “on the same page,” but Simpson isn’t hiding the fact that he’s unhappy.

“That makes you mad,” Simpson said. “It’s nothing personal against [Frazier]. He’s just doing what’s best for the team.”

Simpson made clear that his anger isn’t going to detract from his contributions to the team.

“I’m fired up regardless of the situation. I try to take the same approach every week,” Simpson said. “I’m a play maker. So I’m going to make big plays. I’m just going to go out there, be Jerome Simpson, make plays.”

The Vikings and Simpson specifically agreed to a contract that would pay him based on how much he contributes, so in that respect it’s perfectly fair that he’s losing money if he isn’t on the field. But it’s also not surprising that Simpson is mad about it.

48 responses to “Angry Jerome Simpson: If you lost $60,000, you’d be mad too

  1. I’m mad too Jerome,,, I think your down field threat would of really helped beat the Redskins and their weak secondary,,,

  2. Jerome, just go out there and perform. I live in Cincinnati, your modus operandi was inconsistency. That’s why you are where you are at. 3 games lost cause of the hooch. You have the skills, get your head in the game. Whining is not getting your head in the game. Rewrite your history. Forget the past take it to another level. A supporter and long time Viking fan.

  3. So it’s the Vikings’ fault he had an injury that prevented him from being effective Sunday? Of course he said he was fine — he had $60,000 reasons to do so. It’s his fault that his past history/behavior placed him on a performance based contract in the first place.

  4. You have to admit that this was a masterful contract clause for the Vikings to implement. A fringe starter with no value on special teams was bound to be inactive a few times during the season.

  5. Pretty dumb he’s not getting paid because he was injured. The basis of his “pay for play” contract is because of his suspension and the risk he’d get suspended long term if up again. Who is his agent? Sounds like he needs to fire him ASAP.

  6. How can someone who plead guilty to felony drug charges and got only 15 days in jail be angry? Getting benched and missing out on that cash sucks, but it beats the hell out of riding the bench….in a Federal Prison cell.

  7. I’d be flipped out too if I lost that much money for one day of work. I hope he does not expect any sympathy, especially from me.

  8. It’s not like he had the money and then gave it back. He didnt earn the money, he didnt lose it.

  9. He spent about 80% of his time with the Bengals not activated. They didn’t have the clause that punched him in the billfold for it and he never complained one time. Strange his competitive spirit didn’t force him to speak out before. Weird.

  10. This guy is lucky to be playing, even for a scrub team like the vikings, who will end up under .500.

    Even so, it’s amusing to me that he’s more of a whiner than anyone on the Packers, but none of the Vikings fans seem to care about him being a crybaby.

    Very interesting.

  11. The numbers say:
    2 Games Played
    4 Receptions
    50 yards

    Why are you complaining? Practice and play better. Maybe you’ll get that extra ching in your paycheck then…..

  12. The Vikes couldn’t find a way to pull the trigger and get Pierre G and instead wind up with this gateway drug lord with a backache who doesn’t really stretch the field much (for ONE game) anyway! Hope I get to eat my words but this Juice is not tasting very good.

  13. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 17, 2012 8:09 PM

    Even so, it’s amusing to me that he’s more of a whiner than anyone on the Packers
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    He needs to start blaming the scout team, then he reaches Packer-level whining.

  14. thetokyosandblaster:

    When it’s more than one of the Vikings whining, then you can talk. The whole Packer roster cries like babies every time anything happens that doesn’t go in their favor.

    Simpson is mad that he didn’t play. He isn’t whining about everyone being out to get him and acting like a crybaby victim aka Packer.

  15. expertop says:
    Oct 17, 2012 8:50 PM
    thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 17, 2012 8:09 PM

    Even so, it’s amusing to me that he’s more of a whiner than anyone on the Packers
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    He needs to start blaming the scout team, then he reaches Packer-level whining.

    Ahh…. show me again where a Packer player was whining about that.

    I mean, truly whining about it, not taken out of context.

    What’s that? You can’t? Because it didn’t really happen?

    Ohhhhhhh.

    Thanks.

  16. vikes8480 says:
    Oct 17, 2012 8:51 PM
    thetokyosandblaster:

    When it’s more than one of the Vikings whining, then you can talk. The whole Packer roster cries like babies every time anything happens that doesn’t go in their favor.

    Simpson is mad that he didn’t play. He isn’t whining about everyone being out to get him and acting like a crybaby victim aka Packer.

    —-

    Hmmmmm…. Actually, one “unnamed person” aka journalist made up so they could write a story … said that the refs were out to get the Packers.

    You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who really thinks that.

    I’m sorry that your team will end up in 3rd or last again.

  17. Hey, with that 60K he could have almost afforded to take his whole family to a game, split a couple hot dogs, and had 2 beers and a lg soda for the kids in the cheap seats.

  18. Hey Jerome, the game day roster is coach Frazier’s decision, not yours! If you don’t like it then work harder in practice instead of whining and crying to the media and making distractions for the team.

  19. He is entirely right. The Vikings dont have a deep threatand the Skins exposed that by playing 9 in the box. On this team he has proven to do exactly what he was asked to do – stretch the field and take a body with you so Percy has room to run wild….and he has. He had a great catch to extend the drive 2 games ago and I have nothing bad to say about him. The media kept jabbing at him to get him to make that statement and he finally bit albeit 3rd person. I expect a big game from him this week. 120 and 2 td’s.

  20. I like the old days in the 50’s where the Judge said to you , you’re guilty son. What’s it’s gonna be, 4 years in jail or 4 years in the army. ? Choices, my son are never easy. No fancy lawyers, no plea deals, no BS. We had a good army in Korea, bad General. This dude Jerome would have opt for jail, he could sell weed in it.

  21. Why doesnt he just have someone UPS him some weed to sell to make up the difference? I cant even believe he is still in the league. And we sit around and wonder what has become of our youth? They see these guys getting probation for 20 year felonies and think they will get probation too. Prisions are full of people who think the court system will treat them like a millionaire NFL player. Doesnt work that way for real folks.

    Simpson isnt worth 60 grand a year.

  22. There’s a fair amount of bellyaching coming from a guy who’s had one decent season and is lucky he didn’t have to do serious prison time for a felony drug charge.

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