Jerome Simpson, who plead guilty to receiving a 2 pounds package of pot a little over a month ago, was sentenced to 15 days in prison yesterday. Because Simpson is viewed as a “good samaritan” the sentence was reduced from 60 to 15 days.
Simpson, clad in a dark suit, took the stand briefly and apologized to his family, the community and his team.
“I take full responsibility for my actions,” he said. He also told the judge that he thinks that “because of this I am a better person.”
Simpson told the judge that he would try through community service to help others not to make the same mistake.
Several people testified at the hearing on his behalf, including his agent and a woman who works with him as a volunteer at a church in Covington that feeds the homeless and needy. They praised Simpson for his community service, a point that the judge noted in his remarks before sentencing.
Some of Simpson’s teammates, including Adam “Pacman” Jones attended the hearing. Along with Simpson, Jones is one of four Bengals either arrested or indicted since last July. The others were linebacker Rey Maualuga and running back Cedric Benson. [AP]
While yes, Simpson did commit crime, this is now the third somewhat notable NFL player to make the news for a pot-related crime just this week. When a player gets caught either smoking a little weed, the media needs to stop questioning their character issues and the example they’re setting. It’s a part of their–and many others’–lifestyle, and it should be overlooked.
If medical marijuana were legal in states like Kentucky, do you think athletes would resort to getting cannabis shipped from the west coast? Simpson is currently a free agent, but given his talent, he will not have much of a problem finding a home.