Coug Mansel Simmons hangs 'em up
"Unfortunately because of the recent injuries that I received my football career was forced to retire earlier then I had ever expected. Although I am saddened and extremely disappointed that I will never have the opportunity to play this amazing ever again because of my faith, I do not question Gods plan for me. Thank you to everyone who has ever encouraged, motivated, or believed in me, without you all I surely would never be the man I am today. Thank you all and May God bless you," said the message posted on the Facebook account of Mansel Simmons.
Simmons was treated at Pullman and Spokane hospitals for multiple skull fractures and a concussion after an argument led to a physical altercation back on March 25, police said.
"We're pretty sure we know who the University of Idaho player is who hit Mr. Simmons," Chris Tennant, commander of the Pullman Police Department said at the time.
But Tennant later expressed concern that arrests may not be possible. Tennant said Simmons and the unidentified Idaho football player suspected of punching Simmons both claim they acted in self-defense. Tennant said other conflicting statements from some of the estimated 20 people at the scene could make it impossible to determine guilt for assault or any other crime.
"We're at a quandary … not everyone is telling the truth," Tennant said late last month.
Simmons, out of Elk Grove, Calif., did not appear in a game last season. He redshirted in 2011.
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