Yesterday, the Vikings released wide receiver Jerome Simpson with little fanfare. The reason? A traffic citation that occurred… over two months ago. Keep in mind Simpson, no stranger to booze- and drug-related controversy, was pulled over with an open bottle and marijuana in his vehicle. That being the case, we asked Bloomington Deputy Chief Rick Hart why he wasn’t arrested. Hart says not arresting somebody in that situation is “very typical.”
“Unless there’s ongoing criminal conduct, or a history of not responding to a citation, it’s very appropriate to issue a citation,” Hart says. “The primary reason to arrest [someone]is to stop criminal behavior… the officers made a determination that he was not intoxicated.”
Never mind that the NFL has updated their marijuana policy within the last week to allow for more leniency in pot testing punishments, Simpson won’t be playing in Minnesota this year. More at the Minneapolis City Pages.