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“20 witnesses” say Simon did nothing wrong

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Instead of being drafted Thursday night, LSU cornerback Tharold Simon was arrested.

His agent, Peter Schaffer, says that Simon is innocent.

“I have spent the better part of the morning investigating this matter, including getting statements from over 20 witnesses,” Schaffer told PFT by phone.  “The witnesses corroborate that Tharold did nothing wrong, certainly nothing illegal, and he acted with dignity and class throughout the entire ordeal.  I am 100 percent certain that no charges will be filed.  We are looking into pursuing a lawsuit against the office for violation of Tharold’s civil rights.

“I am appalled by the behavior of the Eunice, Louisiana police department.”

That may or may not be enough to boost Simon’s draft stock.  If it’s not, Simon’s potential damages could include the money he would have made if the untimely blemish hadn’t pulled him down the board.

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56 Responses to ““20 witnesses” say Simon did nothing wrong”
  1. juanweiner says: Apr 26, 2013 1:45 PM

    What else is his agent supposed to say?

  2. canetic says: Apr 26, 2013 1:46 PM

    So if you get statements from twenty friends saying you are innocent that means you are innocent? Wow our court system has been so wrong all these years.

  3. beedubyatoo says: Apr 26, 2013 1:47 PM

    I think the agent sees more money in a lawsuit than in Simon being a 7th round pick or a street FA.

  4. truthfactory says: Apr 26, 2013 1:47 PM

    Well his agent has no reason to lie or anything so it must be true…

  5. green41563 says: Apr 26, 2013 1:49 PM

    “I am appalled by the behavior of the Eunice, Louisiana police department because what about the BMW I just bought on credit with my agent money?”

  6. leftyman says: Apr 26, 2013 1:50 PM

    Only 20??

  7. thesteelers says: Apr 26, 2013 1:51 PM

    His agent isn’t exactly a reliable sort at the moment. He’ll spin this all day and night.

  8. parlett316 says: Apr 26, 2013 1:51 PM

    20 people? That’s a large family.

  9. theralph2012 says: Apr 26, 2013 1:51 PM

    Well if his agent said it, then it MUST be true

  10. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: Apr 26, 2013 1:52 PM

    I miss the good old days when cops just sent mouthy kids home, instead of making something out of nothing that internet ninnies have to to fret over.

  11. philyeagles5 says: Apr 26, 2013 1:52 PM

    how would this in any way boost his draft stock?

  12. rc33 says: Apr 26, 2013 1:53 PM

    So his agent found 20 relativ….er, witnesses to the incident. And shockingly, they all say he handled the ordeal with “dignity and class.”
    This agent should do stand-up.

  13. thetechnocrat says: Apr 26, 2013 1:53 PM

    Let’s see how this plays out and if it was police fudgeness or if his “20 witnesses” were homies at a partaaaay

  14. joelvis72 says: Apr 26, 2013 1:54 PM

    I haven’t been this appalled by the Eunice PD since Officer Sparkplug patrolled the Sonic and McDonald’s on weekends back in the late 80s and early 90s.

  15. lphboston says: Apr 26, 2013 1:54 PM

    Maybe the agent should have interviewed someone outside Simon’s entourage?

  16. keylimelight says: Apr 26, 2013 1:55 PM

    Clearly the agent’s motivation is money–he’s paid to promote his clients–but that makes his view highly biased and leaning toward–dare I say it–a package of lies.

    And shame on the agent for making the statement “I am appalled by the behavior of the Eunice, Louisiana police department”. He should be appalled by the big mouth and big ego of his client.

  17. 49erstim says: Apr 26, 2013 1:55 PM

    So “his boyz” said he was innocent? Why didn’t you say so sooner? You’re free to go young man!

  18. jpb12 says: Apr 26, 2013 2:12 PM

    Eunice?

  19. Slim Charles says: Apr 26, 2013 2:16 PM

    It’s small town Louisiana, of course we’ll be dealing with some crooked hillbilly cops. Wouldn’t be surprised if Simon is innocent and it stemmed from a personal beef the cop had with him.

  20. tooz72 says: Apr 26, 2013 2:18 PM

    SEC…Arrested…seems right to me

  21. lks311 says: Apr 26, 2013 2:18 PM

    My guess is the Patriots are behind this. Yesterday they loaded up on Picks and tomorrow they’ll use one on Simon.

    By Monday, he’s cleared of all charges. Brilliant.

  22. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 26, 2013 2:18 PM

    You’d think he could get more than 20 people to proclaim his innocence. He owns Eunice.

  23. istateyourname says: Apr 26, 2013 2:21 PM

    C’mon, do you see the “Days Without An Arrest” meter? These teams don’t care about this, he’ll get drafted right were he would have got drafted, maybe better. You want a corner that “owns” that football, “owns” that receiver, “owns” that town! He’s got what it takes…move him up, take him!

  24. kingpel says: Apr 26, 2013 2:24 PM

    Just when I thought the kid who crapped all over his hotel room at the combine may be the dumbest football player ever, meet Mr. Simon!

  25. deadeye says: Apr 26, 2013 2:25 PM

    I expect Simon’s friends to each receive a check for whatever his signing bonus is, divided by 20.

  26. bradwins says: Apr 26, 2013 2:29 PM

    Lots of comments treating this like a scandal. He didn’t shoot anyone. He played his music too loud. Next.

  27. seaeagle707 says: Apr 26, 2013 2:30 PM

    Eunice sounds like one of those towns where the big excitement on Saturday night is to go and watch the Wal-Mart truck unload. Now I’m not saying that either party was right, but “arrest” seems somewhat extreme, given the facts that we were. Something’s missing here. Like possibly that Simon and this cop have a “history”. What we’ve learned so far, could’ve earned the LSU star a summons, but arrest seems a bit heavy handed.

  28. offthelows says: Apr 26, 2013 2:30 PM

    20 witnesses = 20 friends at wherever he was partying, I presume

  29. radrntn says: Apr 26, 2013 2:34 PM

    he was hanging out with rolondo

  30. kingpel says: Apr 26, 2013 2:37 PM

    Dignity and class? Yeah sure.

  31. whitdog23 says: Apr 26, 2013 2:38 PM

    good timing kid (sarcastic) — poor choice agent (real)

  32. mljohns says: Apr 26, 2013 2:40 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 26, 2013 2:18 PM

    You’d think he could get more than 20 people to proclaim his innocence. He owns Eunice.
    ___________________

    Exactly. There are only 23 people in Eunice. Simon, the cop and the chief of police were excluded.

  33. itsallgood8989 says: Apr 26, 2013 2:43 PM

    If it’s on the internet, it must be true! Bonjour!

  34. officialgame says: Apr 26, 2013 2:47 PM

    Simon says I’m stupid. Should have just laid low for a couple of days.

  35. reesesteel23 says: Apr 26, 2013 2:47 PM

    smh 20 people said the man did nothing wrong and all you Judges in here already sentenced him……You’re just as bad as police…….you get a boner when the opportunity to stick someone behind bars presents itself……..

  36. greysolon says: Apr 26, 2013 2:51 PM

    Sounds like yet another bad arrest.

  37. baltimoresnativeson says: Apr 26, 2013 2:54 PM

    puahaha, deleted my comment huh? The truth stings doesn’t it? How about this one… Young African American men need to stay above the Mason Dixon Line. Most of these arrest you read about happen in the south.

  38. bricktop02 says: Apr 26, 2013 2:57 PM

    Just you wait. Rev.Al and uncle Jesse will be down there to let everyone know that this injustice is wrong.

  39. 8to80texansblog says: Apr 26, 2013 2:57 PM

    If your going to sue people because they hurt your draft stock, Mel Kiper and Todd MCShay better watch out and get good lawyers….

    Where does that end?

  40. vikingdoode says: Apr 26, 2013 2:59 PM

    Those twenty are his entourage…. It’s to bad the kid can’t do that on the field. These kids these days are believing they are owed something.

    Pants on the ground….yeah buddy

  41. dexterismyhero says: Apr 26, 2013 3:00 PM

    Did his mom not have enough teef to name him Harold?

  42. hrmlss says: Apr 26, 2013 3:13 PM

    All 20 then hopped in their cars, cranked the bass, and peeled out in reverse.

  43. ronin262 says: Apr 26, 2013 3:15 PM

    All twenty of them said the same thing: “Man, he ain’t done nothing to that po-po!”

  44. inyofaceagain says: Apr 26, 2013 3:35 PM

    What did he even do? Seriously.

  45. denverwally says: Apr 26, 2013 3:36 PM

    He should give Alphonso Dennard a call to learn more about plummeting in the draft shortly after getting arrested. Dennard went from the 2nd round to the 7th, costing himself millions.

  46. dartwick says: Apr 26, 2013 3:40 PM

    The only word less trust worthy than an agents that of a Louisiana Police department.

    Seriously

  47. mogogo1 says: Apr 26, 2013 3:50 PM

    Why would the agent waste his time interviewing 20 witnesses? Was he going to drop the kid if they’d said he was totally in the wrong? He’s going to say anything he can to try to control the damage. That’s his job. He’s not Matlock, he’s a stinkin’ sports agent.

  48. mljohns says: Apr 26, 2013 4:01 PM

    bricktop02 says: Apr 26, 2013 2:57 PM

    Just you wait. Rev.Al and uncle Jesse will be down there to let everyone know that this injustice is wrong.

    ___________________

    Comments like this are just like the “Tiki’s Flabbergasted” and “Drew Brees needs an explanation” memes. Please just let it die. We get it…you have a problem with black people. Damn.

  49. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 26, 2013 4:13 PM

    (in my fred g. sanford voice) U BIG DUMMAY!!!

  50. thefiesty1 says: Apr 26, 2013 4:35 PM

    He better hope he still gets drafted and sues for false arrest so he’ll have enough money to keep his 20 homeboys in line and happy.

  51. granadafan says: Apr 26, 2013 5:28 PM

    Guaranteed we’ll be seing Tharold Simon on ESPN 30-30 in an ongoing story about broke athletes.

    Tharold Simon: “Well, like I said, I gots to take care of my boyz. I be having 20 of my boyz and hoes in my entourage….”

  52. joetoronto says: Apr 26, 2013 5:32 PM

    They should have arrested all 21 of them.

  53. dbo2020 says: Apr 26, 2013 5:46 PM

    So much cynicism over the agent’s comments – as if the young man has to prove his innocence, and not the other way around.

  54. 69finfan says: Apr 26, 2013 6:07 PM

    Was Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Louis Farakan among the witnesses?

  55. dcapettini says: Apr 26, 2013 6:16 PM

    Did this post get Hijacked by the Ted Nugent Fan Club? Without knowing anything about what happened you all openly scorn what the attorney says, despite the fact that you all apparently believe that he actually has 20 witnesses Because, after all, small town cops are the elite of our law enforcement in this country.

    The only reason you post this way is because no one knows who you are and can’t call you when you are 100% wrong and rude in the bargain. You are like little kids that like to write bad words on the sidewalk.

  56. kwjsb says: Apr 26, 2013 9:12 PM

    Honey Badger says the man is cooool

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