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Simpson arrested for suspected DWI

Posted by: Chip Scoggins under Vikings off the field, Vikings players Updated: November 9, 2013 - 1:47 PM

Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson was arrested Saturday morning on probable cause DWI.

Simpson was booked into the Hennepin County Jail at 5:39 a.m.

The Vikings issued a brief statement acknowleding Simpson's arrest: "The Vikings are aware of the matter involving Jerome Simpson. We are continuing to gather information and will have further comment at the appropriate time."

An NFL spokesman said the league will review Simpson's case. The 27-year-old receiver faces possible additional punishment from the league because he was suspended for three games last year as a result of a felony drug case in Kentucky.

Simpson was sentenced to 15 days in jail plus three years probation in that case.

What's not clear is if this latest arrest might affect his probation.

The Vikings re-signed Simpson to another one-year contract this past offseason after a disappointing debut with the team in 2012. Simpson currently leads the team in receiving yards (491) and is second in catches (33).

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier gave his players three days off following Thursday's 34-27 victory against the Washington Redskins.

Simpson served 15 days last summer at the Kenton County Detention Center in Kentucky.

Simpson's punishment stemmed from a September, 2011, incident in which authorities intercepted a package containing 2.5 pounds of marijuana on its way to his Kentucky home. Police later searched Simpson's residence and found an additional 6 pounds of marijuana plus drug paraphernalia.

Originally indicted on a trafficking charge, Simpson eventually entered a guilty plea to a lesser felony charge of "being involved in a prohibited act relating to controlled substances."

Vikings players have options when they drink too much, as Kent Youngblood detailed in this story last year.


 

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