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2 Vikings, 1 former, under scrutiny for recent off-field offenses

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A.J. Jefferson A.J. Jefferson
Jerome Simpson Jerome Simpson
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Two Minnesota Vikings and one former member of the Vikings' roster have recently been under scrutiny following separate off-field offenses.


Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson was charged Nov. 13 with two counts of DWI after his arrest the previous weekend.

Simpson faces a third-degree DWI charge for refusing a breath test and fourth-degree charge for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol after an officer saw his Dodge Charger pulled over on I-394.

"I sincerely apologize for the attention that I have brought to the fans, the community and myself," Simpson said at a press conference following the arrest.


Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson was arrested for probable cause DWI and possession of a controlled substance around 6 a.m. on Nov. 19 in Eden Prairie. He was arrested at the Fredrick-Miller Spring north of Flying Cloud Drive, booked and released, but missed Sunday's game against Green Bay.

Henderson is suing the Department of Public Safety to prevent a revocation of his driver's license.


Former Vikings cornerback A.J. Jefferson is facing one count of felony domestic assault after he allegedly strangled his girlfriend after an argument.

According to a criminal complaint, Jefferson began to strangle her after the pair had gotten into an argument and she hadn't been responding to his text messages after a night out.


"The fact that we have had three recent off field situations is unacceptable and disappointing. Our organization looks at each situation and the circumstances involved to determine our actions with those players and how to best move forward.

The Vikings have a comprehensive approach with our player development program and excellent resources that are a part of this organization, but certainly we will take a methodical look at how we can improve upon our current programs to prevent these situations in the future."

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