Jerome Simpson is considered one of the Viking's top offensive weapons. Now, some say he is becoming his own worst enemy after he was arrested this weekend for suspected DWI.
The Vikings top receiver posted a $12,000 bond Saturday. Yet, some consider the incident an insult to the team's overall image -- especially because every NFL player now has hundreds of dollars in credit toward a car service.
"They can't make it any easier for ‘em, but then they get a couple drinks in them, and then they're Superman and they don't have time for that," stated Minnesotans For Safe Driving Founder Jon Cummings.
Cummings believes if it's true the wide-receiver was indeed driving while intoxicated Saturday morning, he truly has no excuse.
"I don't know what else they can do except adopt a no tolerance policy," insisted Cummings while shaking his head.
According to a Minnesota State Patrol arrest report, Simpson's car was stalled on Interstate 394 West out of downtown Minneapolis. Simpson told the trooper he had just come from the Pour House but hadn't been drinking; however, the trooper wrote Simpson's eyes were watery and his speech slightly slurred.
After field sobriety tests and refusing to take a breathalyzer, Simpson was in handcuffs even though as one of the Vikings' top receivers, he could've avoided the arrest with a simple push of a button. All he had to do was call Uber and use his $200 credit, one all players receive, to get a safe and sober ride home.
Uber established the partnership with the NFL back in September. To ensure players can summon reliable drivers discreetly and "without sacrificing style."
"You don't take advantage of those resources, well, too bad. Now, you have a price to pay!" insisted Cummings.
Unfortunately, Simpson is no stranger to trouble. He spent 15 days in jail for a felony drug conviction when playing for the Cincinnati Bengals. He was suspended the first 3 games last year for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Cummings says that's not the kind of image that should be connected to the Vikings
"A whole team has to pay a price," he said. "We get this reputation of a bunch of yahoos up here."
It is important to mention, it's unclear why Simpson's car was stalled on the freeway Saturday. Simpson is currently the Viking's leading receiver with 491 yards on 33 catches. The Vikings are off until Sunday, Nov. 17, following their Thursday night win against Washington.