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Report: Jerome Simpson faces another suspension


For the second time in three years, Vikings receiver Jerome Simpson may start the season by not being permitted to start the season.

According to Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Simpson missed practice on Monday to travel to New York for an apparent appeals hearing in connection with a suspension under the substance-abuse policy.

Last November, Simpson was charged with DUI and refusing to submit to a chemical test.  In January, Simpson pleaded guilty to careless driving and refusing to submit to a chemical test following a plea deal.

It’s his first alcohol-related offense, which means that the standard penalty would be a pair of game checks.  But his history under the substance-abuse policy — Simpson’s three-game suspension in 2012 arose from felony drug charges — puts him in line for a suspension following a first offense for an alcohol-related violation of the law.

Simpson’s trip to New York suggests that he has been suspended by the league, that he exercised his right to an appeal hearing, that the hearing has been conducted, and that the Vikings will get an answer before the Vikings face the Rams on September 7.

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77 Responses to “Report: Jerome Simpson faces another suspension”
  1. mrlaloosh says: Aug 18, 2014 6:27 PM

    Vikings players stay drugged up to get through being a Viking.

  2. cribbage12 says: Aug 18, 2014 6:28 PM

    Wow, the Vikes could be without their top receiving weapon for a few games.

  3. djvh2 says: Aug 18, 2014 6:30 PM

    So now they might go 3-13 instead of 4-12

  4. willyalistentothis says: Aug 18, 2014 6:30 PM

    And with that news the Ravens quickly offered the Vikings a second round pick for Simpson’s services.

  5. granadafan says: Aug 18, 2014 6:31 PM

    Surely this suspension will ruin the Vikings “dynasty”.

  6. thesmartest1 says: Aug 18, 2014 6:31 PM

    If it’s anything like Gordon we should know the outcome before the draft.

  7. lunchtimeallday says: Aug 18, 2014 6:34 PM

    He’s a gentle giant.

  8. bigwinintx says: Aug 18, 2014 6:35 PM

    Obviously this fool doesn’t get it.

    If he still hasn’t realized that he needs help after taking a couple of game checks out of his back pocket, then maybe he just doesn’t need to play in the NFL.
    There are tons of guys out there who want to live their childhood dreams and this guy doesn’t either get it or care.

    Cut your losses Goodell…
    Ya can’t fix stupid.

  9. GenXJay says: Aug 18, 2014 6:36 PM

    Cut him & secure with Wright & Thielen.

  10. f1restarter says: Aug 18, 2014 6:37 PM

    Typical Viking. Is anyone really surprised?

  11. firerogergoodell says: Aug 18, 2014 6:37 PM

    Looks like both Adam Thielen and Rodney Smith will be making the team after all!

  12. conormacleod says: Aug 18, 2014 6:41 PM


  13. gayforbrady says: Aug 18, 2014 6:42 PM

    this organization has no class. I can’t wait for this year’s party cruise.

    Stay classy SKOL

  14. mortwannabe says: Aug 18, 2014 6:43 PM

    And the decade of dominance begins.

    Case closed

  15. codythao35 says: Aug 18, 2014 6:47 PM

    The minute Simpson is let go the cheese heads will pick him up. He is much better than what clowns in little WI have bc all they have are busted players.

  16. shaggytoodle says: Aug 18, 2014 6:47 PM

    You can’t do any good for your team when you are suspended.

    WR is probably one of their worst positions. With Jennings losing a step and Patterson still learning, this is something the Vikings didn’t need.

    At least whomever they trot out at Qb will be looking to turn around and hand off to Peterson.

  17. jcbadger34 says: Aug 18, 2014 6:48 PM

    The fact that the Vikings continue to re-sign this drunk driving, drug dealing, piece of garbage shows just how classless (and tasteless) that franchise is.

    Not to mention desperate. The dude is the definition of mediocre. Over his last four seasons (not even going to count his first two, when he wasn’t even good enough to see the field for the Bengals), he has averaged 36 catches, 500 yards and 2 TDs per season. One touchdown in two seasons with the Vikings.

    He’s a poor man’s Bernard Berrian, and Berrian didn’t have off-field issues. The man wouldn’t even make the Packers roster, while the Vikings are giving Simpson second, third, fourth chances because they need him.

    SKOL Vikings Dynasty!

  18. vikingsvoice says: Aug 18, 2014 6:49 PM

    The Vikes and public have known about this looming suspension prior to him being re-signed on a 1 year deal. This isn’t exactly news.

  19. mrwalterisgod says: Aug 18, 2014 6:49 PM

    Once again, the Minnesota Vikings are a miserable, morbid franchise. Where is the Poet at? Hmm? Oh, that’s right, he’s waxing the Lombardi trophy in Seattle while having the privilege of watching such a magnificent Seahawk team practice.

    Herp de derp PED’s right back in your face!

  20. 2manyconcussions says: Aug 18, 2014 6:51 PM

    I don’t think Mr Simpson will be long for the Vikings or the NFL if he doesn’t get the help he needs for his substance abuse problems. He is a very talented young man, and I pray that he finds the necessary help to get these issues under control.

  21. bucsorbust says: Aug 18, 2014 6:51 PM

    Way too much stress in the NFL. Players have to get up and go play a kids game, deal with more women than they know what to do with, and then figure out how to spend all that money or find a way to save it so they can golf and live in mansions and resorts after retirement at the ripe old age of 35. Who can blame these guys for substance abuse.

    NOT! Get it under control Goodell…these guys are driving on our streets, living among our children. Fix it for your precious shield, but do it more for our communities as the right thing to do.

  22. hornbuckle says: Aug 18, 2014 6:51 PM

    Single digit IQ.

  23. iberiasaint says: Aug 18, 2014 6:53 PM

    Q. How do the Vikings count to 10?
    A. 0-1, 0-2, 0-3, 0-4, 0-5, 0-6, 0-7, 0-8, 0-9, 0-10

  24. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 18, 2014 6:53 PM

    Simpson is expendable in that they don’t really need him, but he is the only true outside-the-numbers deep threat on the roster right now. Norv may want to keep him around if the suspension isn’t for too long.

  25. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 18, 2014 6:54 PM

    Holier-than-thou Packer fans may want to look up the name Koren Robinson.

  26. granadafan says: Aug 18, 2014 6:55 PM

    Well, the Vikings could always sign another receiver who, if it can believed, has an IQ actually lower than Jerome Simpson. Cris Carter’s son, Duron Carter is tearing up the CFL right now. The perfect Viking.

  27. jdrewsy says: Aug 18, 2014 6:57 PM

    That’s it! He is no longer eligible to earn promotion to the Seahawks. He will have to stay down on the farm team until he cleans up his act!

    Go Hawks!

  28. We, the Steelers, support the immediate relocation of the Bills, Raiders, Vikings, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Rams, Ravens, Chargers, Colts, and Cardinals. Their current cities are an embarrassment to the NFL and the game Pittsburgh invented. #6 says: Aug 18, 2014 6:59 PM

    Once a Bengal, always a Bengal.

  29. haraldsigurdson says: Aug 18, 2014 7:00 PM

    He has very unreliable hands. Vikings should make room for Thielen and Rodney Smith on their roster and cut Simpson.

  30. wingsnwater says: Aug 18, 2014 7:03 PM

    Nothing in Brian Murphy’s column says it’s an appeal hearing.
    Never assume anything. Responsible journalism 101. oops…forgot where I was.

  31. burtreynoldstoupee says: Aug 18, 2014 7:04 PM

    With the emergent of younger talent like Rodney Smith and Adam Thielen, Simpson was not assured of a spot as it was. Looks like this may be the end.

  32. nyneal says: Aug 18, 2014 7:06 PM

    As a Packer fan, I’m not going to slam the Vikings because they continue to have more controversy up in Minny than they do wins.
    It’s not their fault they keep drafting players who live on the wild side.
    If they want to help this young man, they should get a cruise ship and set up a nice ocean cruise for him and several of his teammates. Oh, wait a minute! They tried that once and it backfired, too!
    Oh well. Can’t help them, I guess.

  33. roinaldo11 says: Aug 18, 2014 7:06 PM

    This is one of the first news (even if its bad news, what else would you expect?) about those vikings, and its also one of the first times I can´t see any pftpoet stupid comments.

    He is the first one to comment about 31 team´s news, but not about his own team? Well, who would care about them vikes… I mean, cassel might beat their future HOF teddy, cassel!!!

  34. franfoley says: Aug 18, 2014 7:12 PM

    My man Can’t Get Right.

  35. boutthatactionboss says: Aug 18, 2014 7:15 PM

    This guy should have got himself a Whizzinator. Maybe they still have one laying around the locker room.

  36. purplengold says: Aug 18, 2014 7:18 PM

    enough is enough already – cut him

  37. bigswifty74 says: Aug 18, 2014 7:19 PM

    And yet, somehow, we’ll know about the details of his suspension before we hear about Josh Gordon’s…

  38. wheezerswin says: Aug 18, 2014 7:32 PM

    The Viking way

  39. tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 18, 2014 7:33 PM

    This hapless and tasteless moment has been brought to you by the MN Vikings.

    Bad football for degenerate people.

  40. The Doctor says: Aug 18, 2014 7:42 PM

    Time to cut ties with Simpson.

  41. deeppurple23 says: Aug 18, 2014 7:43 PM

    Cut him already.

  42. packerbackernj says: Aug 18, 2014 7:44 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Holier-than-thou Packer fans may want to look up the name Koren Robinson.


    And see what? That he was also on the Vikings?

  43. FlashPatterson says: Aug 18, 2014 7:45 PM

    Cut him.. all he does is jump really high and point after first downs anyway. Jarius Wright is a way better WR3.

  44. banky74 says: Aug 18, 2014 7:48 PM

    My goodness. 39 comments and by my count, 35 of them are fans of other teams just here to make absurd superlative comments about Simpson, the Vikings and Minnesota.

    Guys, it might be time to find a more productive hobby. This is borderline deranged.

  45. nowillrepeat says: Aug 18, 2014 7:54 PM

    12 men in the huddle

  46. sonofad says: Aug 18, 2014 8:03 PM

    Something tells me the only thing Bridgwater will be lighting up this year is a pipe with his buddy from Cincy.

  47. mjhutmkr says: Aug 18, 2014 8:10 PM

    Time to part ways and cut a below average WR.

  48. pack13queens0 says: Aug 18, 2014 8:30 PM

    It must be heartbreaking for Goodell to suspend a player from the team he worships.

  49. oldcracker says: Aug 18, 2014 8:41 PM

    Simpson, Blackmon, Gordon, Bess, and Titus Young what a waste of talent and my air.

  50. 2ruefan says: Aug 18, 2014 8:59 PM

    Ny Neal – they didn’t draft Simpson genius….

  51. themeccalambeaufield says: Aug 18, 2014 9:04 PM

    5 straight weeks and 5 straight articles about the dysfunctional Vikings in a negative light. This owner should be forced to sell or just move the team already. They have become a stain on the NFL.

  52. superbowl48champs says: Aug 18, 2014 9:16 PM

    Uh oh Poet, now what?

  53. leatherface2012 says: Aug 18, 2014 9:35 PM

    here’s three words for you jerome: HIRE A DRIVER !!!!!

  54. VickyMendozaDiagonal says: Aug 18, 2014 9:43 PM

    I have no doubt that Zygi Wilf, Rick Spielman, and Coach Zimmer will make the right call here. Best owner, GM, and coach on the league.


  55. oruacat2 says: Aug 18, 2014 9:43 PM

    The knock on Simpson in Cincinnati was that while he was the most athletically-gifted WR on the team he was so dumb he didn’t know where to line up half the time and could never learn the playbook.

  56. pervyspankspackfans says: Aug 18, 2014 9:46 PM

    Thielen and Smith can make us forget Simpson real quick… cut him

  57. hawktawker says: Aug 18, 2014 9:48 PM

    PFT Poet? Hello PFT Poet? Oh, I get it. You’re all mouth until it’s the Vikings that screw up. You’re beginning to bore me!! SKOL!!

  58. orivar says: Aug 18, 2014 9:56 PM

    Seriously, STOP smoking.

  59. taintedsaints2009 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:03 PM

    Viking and packer trolls are the worst thing about this site.

  60. drewzducks says: Aug 18, 2014 10:06 PM

    Somewhere, Tommy Kramer is smiling. And drinking.

  61. troy43mvp says: Aug 18, 2014 10:14 PM

    Don’t worry Simpson what you have done is forgivable.


    Mr. Irsay

  62. codythao35 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:20 PM

    The minute he’s let go the cheese heads will pick him up instantly. He’s better than what they have bc clowns in WI played music too loud that TT can’t get the pick in on time and always seemed to get the wrong guys. With or without Simpson Vikings are playoff team. That’s the fact whether you trolls like it or not. Tell me when Jan. comes around.

    Packers knocking on Bridgewater playing against 3rd and 4th strings D of Cardinals. At least Bridge Beast mode will eat your 1st string D alive. LOL!!!

  63. codythao35 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:31 PM

    Vikings 11-5 at worse
    Packers 10-6 at best
    Bears 8-8 at best
    Lions 7-9 at best

    Trolls don’t bitter about my comment. It’s the truth, face reality clowns!!!

  64. whatjusthapped says: Aug 18, 2014 10:39 PM

    Look, Simpson was trouble when he was with the Bengals. Had he been a good citizen, does anyone think the Bengals would have let him get away?

    He does have some talent, its just that the other 31 teams look at the big picture and conclude, they will develop their own WR’s because he is not worth the trouble. The 32nd team is the Vikings who seem to have a penchant for signing WR’s for money they could never get elsewhere (Berriman and Craig Jennings come to mind)

    This is what happens when you finish in last place on a regular basis, you become desperate and do stupid things.

  65. bcetour says: Aug 18, 2014 10:42 PM

    I miss pftpoet. Is he on vacation or something? Please, poet, please return. Your posts produce much laughter for me.

  66. thevikingsarewherecareersend says: Aug 18, 2014 10:48 PM

    Where is ThePftPoet?

  67. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Aug 18, 2014 10:57 PM

    Send him to the Ravens…

  68. arianil985 says: Aug 18, 2014 11:03 PM

    And this is why we play the clown music at our actual games. Am I the only one embarrassed by this team?

  69. vikingspride says: Aug 18, 2014 11:20 PM

    Not worth the headaches, cut him.

  70. johny248 says: Aug 18, 2014 11:38 PM

    This is stupid. You have some of the biggest movie stars who publicly promote the use of marijuana, along with music performers and all sorts of other “celebrities” and you never see them being suspended by their employers. In fact, many times it is encouraged and leads to more revenue. They are looked upon as heros and every TV show is thrilled to have them as guests. I’m not a drug user, but you have something that is legal in some states, and near legal in others. Here in Michigan just about anyone can pick up a medical card for about $75. If someone is under the influence of drugs whole at work, I can see where an employer should have the right to suspend or terminate said employee. But what someone does on their off time should be their own business. Within reason. Unless your employee AKA “player” is high at work while on the clock where it can affect their performance performing their job or cause a safety risk, it should be left alone.

    -or- as an alternative, maybe these players should switch their drug of choice to vicodon,norco,percocet,or oxycontin this these narcotics seem to be acceptable within the NFL. Just saying….

  71. jharterseven says: Aug 19, 2014 12:05 AM

    i hate this guy almost as much as i hated troy williamson…. i wish we would just cut this fool loose already.

  72. secretbonus1 says: Aug 19, 2014 12:33 AM

    Guys a team temporarily gets an extra roster spot if a player is on the a PUP/suspended/injured reserve list. Also, everyone knew this was coming. Rodney Smith and Thielen could both make the team for now depending on the appeal process while Simpson serves but when Simpson is back from suspension unless someone else gets put on IR is decision time.

    Simpson has always been explosive off the line of scrimmage, but he doesn’t get the concept of not letting the defender get between him and the ball and he doesn’t do all the little things like sliding away from the coverage. If he can’t figure it out 5 years into the league, he isn’t going to get it, so either don’t have him run comeback routes, nor put him in a role where he needs to box out defenders… or else don’t have him on your team. Slants, drag routes, fly routes and posts and corner routes is all you want him running…

    And just know that this guy had pounds of weed on him when he is getting paid millions not to so he probably has a serious psychological condition and needs help. Spielman has been pretty smart, and I’m usually in agreement with his decisions, but I don’t get the infatuation with Simpson.

  73. pulpfriction01 says: Aug 19, 2014 12:47 AM

    I lose my damn good job if I fail a random drug test, get a DUI or even tell a lie. So I don’t do that stuff since I like my job. Stricter policies on their end would have the same results. Weed out the garbage. And with the cost of a taxi at even their minimum salary, it is absolutely absurd to ever get a DUI. It’s called “I don’t care.” And you get it when you’re worshipped from pop warner on up.

    ps… not everybody you see in the media who gets busted for that type of stuff are addicts. Most are just stupid.

  74. isphet71 says: Aug 19, 2014 12:51 AM

    “Most days I wish I’d never met you ’cause then I could sleep at night. I didn’t have to walk around with the knowledge that there was someone like you out there. I didn’t have to watch you throw it all away.”

    – Prof. Gerald Lambeau, Good Will Hunting

  75. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 19, 2014 1:11 AM

    Q. How do the Vikings count to 10?
    A. 0-1, 0-2, 0-3, 0-4, 0-5, 0-6, 0-7, 0-8, 0-9, 0-10

    The worst start in Viking history was 0-5 in 1962, their second year of existence. Fresh joke, though.

  76. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 19, 2014 1:14 AM

    Holier-than-thou Packer fans may want to look up the name Koren Robinson.


    And see what? That he was also on the Vikings?

    No, that the Vikings cut him after he got a DWI and the Packers immediately signed him even though he was facing a one-year suspension.

  77. patsfan13 says: Aug 19, 2014 5:08 PM

    thepftpoet only trolls other teams articles.

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