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Jerome Simpson apologizes for DWI arrest

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Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson reported for work with his teammates on Monday, his first day at the team’s facility since he was arrested early Saturday morning on charges of driving while intoxicated.

Simpson didn’t talk about the case, but did say he had spoken to his teammates about the arrest and the potential for distraction that comes along with it. He went on to apologize to the team and Vikings fans for the arrest.

“I sincerely apologize for the attention that I have brought to the fans, community and myself,” Simpson said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “I’ve just got great support with this team, and they’re going to help with whatever arises.”

Simpson said that he expects to be in the lineup against the Seahawks next Sunday, but wouldn’t talk about a possible suspension beyond that. Simpson was suspended three games to start the 2012 season after pleading guilty to drug charges. Those charges also brought a sentence of three years probation, which could lead to further legal trouble for Simpson down the road.

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21 Responses to “Jerome Simpson apologizes for DWI arrest”
  1. pooflingingmonkey says: Nov 11, 2013 1:56 PM

    Stick with weed, Jerome.

  2. voiceofrealism says: Nov 11, 2013 1:57 PM

    No excuses anymore. They make enough to hire a driver, and the NFL now will provide one for them.

  3. mikeyfins says: Nov 11, 2013 2:19 PM

    If the NFL and the Vikings LET him play Sunday this league is a joke. Seriously, what he did was far worse than what Incognito got suspended for!

  4. granadafan says: Nov 11, 2013 2:33 PM

    Ye olde form letter used by attornies, agents, and PR departments. Just once we’d like to see the athlete get up in front of the camera an apologize without hiding behind the statement someone else.

    Also, not that the attorney’s carefully crafted letter does not apologize for the DWI but the ATTENTION brought to the “fans, community and myself,ā€. Weak, very weak

  5. dublindemonszfl says: Nov 11, 2013 2:35 PM

    ” I’m sorry I am a Superior Dumbass” It doesn’t help loser, they should just cut you and give the guys on the team that work hard the chances you’re getting.

  6. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 11, 2013 2:36 PM

    You try living in MN without a little help from the bottle.

  7. Ted Thompson the Genius says: Nov 11, 2013 2:36 PM

    Since he won’t be on the team next year, I don’t see any reason to play him anymore this year even if he isn’t suspended.

  8. reesesteel23 says: Nov 11, 2013 2:42 PM

    He doesn’t owe us fans an apology for what he did to himself. (that’s reserved for the owner and whoever else employed him).

  9. ruvelligwebuike says: Nov 11, 2013 2:42 PM

    You can tell he’s not from Minnesota. They rarely have more than two Mich Golden Lights. Otherwise they start to show human emotion, sometimes even laughter, which is strictly frowned upon in their elite society.

  10. whatjusthapped says: Nov 11, 2013 2:51 PM

    His first apology should be for his play on the field. The Viking fans need to be drunk just to watch it.

  11. snowlock2013 says: Nov 11, 2013 2:51 PM

    @ruvelligwebuike LOL I agree.

  12. jayniner says: Nov 11, 2013 2:56 PM

    If you all are so concerned about drunk driving, why don’t you go down to your local courthouse and spend a day there listening to the numerous DUI cases everyday(probably upwards of 30 per day) in your local community that put your families lives at risk instead of sitting behind your computer complaining about one guy in the NFL…

  13. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Nov 11, 2013 3:29 PM

    Since 2000, 39 Vikings players have been arrested. Since January 2011, 10 Vikings players have been arrested.

    I’m no expert in the criminal justice system, but that seems like a lot.

  14. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Nov 11, 2013 3:30 PM

    Oops. Make that 12 players since January 2011!

  15. rcali says: Nov 11, 2013 3:31 PM

    How about the other 100 times when he didn’t get caught? Sorry for those too?

  16. contra74 says: Nov 11, 2013 3:37 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Nov 11, 2013 3:29 PM
    Since 2000, 39 Vikings players have been arrested. Since January 2011, 10 Vikings players have been arrested.

    Iā€™m no expert in the criminal justice system, but that seems like a lot.

    The Vikings dont have a convicted felon on their team but the Packers welcomed one with open arms. Wow.

  17. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 11, 2013 4:32 PM

    Simpson defense in court:

    “When in Rome……………….”

  18. pskotte says: Nov 11, 2013 5:26 PM

    First the flop, then the flip. Now he flips off everybody with his second DUI. I don’t give a flip anymore.

  19. stellarperformance says: Nov 11, 2013 7:57 PM

    No, you didn’t hear wrong. He apologized for being a typical Minnesotan. How Nice! Right? Isn’t that right? Isn’t that the catchphrase? It kind of helps the Viking fans forget about having nothing to be thankful for except their ability to generate anonymous Packer-related insults.

  20. bobnelsonjr says: Nov 11, 2013 7:57 PM

    Carl, your numbers seem too low.

    Then again, possession of a whizzinator was not an arrestable offense, and the number of times players were caught violating the substance abuse policy aren’t arrests, performance enhancing drugs policy are not arrested, and speeding tickets for driving over 100mph on the icy roads of Minnesota.

    The fraud and racketeering was a civil case without arrest.

    Carl, I still think you ought to double check those numbers.

  21. vegasvike says: Nov 12, 2013 1:30 PM

    He’s already been punished enough by driving a Dodge Charger.

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