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09/18/14 - WR Jerome Simpson was scheduled to be eligible to be reinstated from the suspended list following Week 3. But now, even if he is, he won't have a team after the Vikings announced late Thursday afternoon that he has been released. This decision followed the revelation that Simpson was cited by police in July for having marijuana and an open bottle of alcohol in his car while driving on a restricted driver's license.
An incident report released Thursday said Simpson was ticketed, but not arrested despite violating terms of a 2013 arrest.
Simpson is serving a three-game suspension for the November drunken-driving arrest.
Bloomington, Minn., police said the officers who stopped Simpson were following the law when they cited Simpson for misdemeanor charges of driving on a restricted license, marijuana possession and having an open bottle of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
"If he had a felony amount (of marijuana) or was engaged in dangerous criminal activity, the officers could have arrested and booked him," Richard Hart, deputy chief of police told the Pioneer Press Thursday. "He had valid ID. There wasn't any reason to arrest, and the officers were right to cite him."
Simpson entered into a plea deal on the drunken driving charges and pleaded guilty to careless driving and refusing to submit to a chemical test. In return, he received two years' probation with the conditions he would not have any alcohol- or drug-related traffic offenses and no drivers license violations.
This is not his first brush with the law or first suspension from the NFL.
He served a three-game suspension in 2012 with Minnesota after being convicted of a felony for mailing two pounds of pot to his Kentucky home while he was playing for the Cincinnati Bengals.
The latest incident could also be a violation of his probation stemming from that 2013 situation. Probation supervisor Brian Kopperud told the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press that he found out about the July arrest
04/02/14 - WR Jerome Simpson was re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Vikings March 14.
12/09/13 - WR Jerome Simpson finally reached the end zone as a member of the Vikings. His last touchdown came with the Bengals on Christmas Eve, 2011. That was the famous catch in which he somersaulted over a defender and stuck the landing in the end zone.
11/25/13 - --WR Jerome Simpson, the team's leader in receiving yardage with 546, had two impactful catches in Sunday's tie. His 31-yarder, combined with Green Bay's unnecessary roughness penalty for hitting a defenseless receiver, was a key play on a touchdown drive. And Simpson's other catch was a 23-yarder. He was targeted only two other times. Simpson made his first big plays since his arrest and charges for DWI two weeks ago. In his first game after his arrest, he was held to one catch for one yard in the loss at Seattle.
09/30/13 - WR Jerome Simpson had a game-high 124 yards on seven catches. He's starting to become the player the Vikings thought he was when they signed him before last season. A three-game suspension and a back injury ruined last season. Simpson now is a deep threat. His 51-yard reception came on one of the few times the Vikings have connected on passes that travel 20 yards or farther from the line of scrimmage. On that pass, the ball went 24 yards in the air to a single-covered Simpson.