Vikings WR Jerome Simpson was 2nd on the team in receiving yards in 2013. His 726 yards and 15.1 yards/reception were both career highs.
The NFL announced that Minnesota Vikings WR Jerome Simpson has been suspended for three games in the 2014 season after violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Simpson was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in November 2013. Simpson was already on probation for a 2011 incident after which he spent 15 days in jail for admitting to receiving two pounds of marijuana shipped to his Kentucky home, where police also found another pound of pot. He was prohibited from alcohol use as a result of his guilty plea.
Most recently, Simpson had been dropped to the No. 3 receiver behind Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson on the Vikings depth chart under first-year head coach Mike Zimmer. He recorded career highs in receiving yards and yards/reception in 2013 with 726 yards and 15.1 yards/catch.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is planning on increasing the degree of punishments for players arrested for drunk driving, which he stated in a recent memo.
Goodell’s memo stated: “We are similarly working to strengthen our response to impaired driving. We have sought — unsuccessfully — for several years to obtain the NFLPA’s agreement to more stringent discipline for DUI, including mandatory deactivation for the game immediately following an arrest and a minimum two-game suspension for a first violation of law. We will continue to press our position on this issue in the hope of securing the union’s agreement.”
Simpson was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2008 NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals and signed with the Vikings after an impressive 4-year career in Cincinnati.