Jerome Simpson said his meeting with NFL officials went “great” as he tried to convince them to eliminate or reduce a potential three-game suspension.
“I just told them the truth. Told them the truth. The records and the facts show what happened,” Simpson said.
Simpson missed practice on Monday to attend the meeting in New York.
Simpson avoided jail time in early January when he pleaded guilty to careless driving and refusing to take a DWI test after being stopped in November 2013. In return, prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired. He was ordered to do 120 hours of community service in public schools. He also was required to attend alcohol seminars and will be on probation for a year.
He could be suspended for three games under the NFL’s substance-abuse policy if the NFL rules his latest case is a repeat violation of the NFL policy after his arrest for possession of marijuana when he was with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Simpson said Harold Henderson, one of the NFL officials at the hearing, wanted to know “just what happened, facts.”
Although Simpson said his lawyer, David Valentini, told him he did “great” in presenting his case to the NFL, Simpson admitted that the result isn’t in his hands.
“That’s to the discretion of them,” he said, adding: “I’m not a decision-maker with that, so I really can’t put a fact on that or point to it.”
If Simpson is suspended for the start of the season, it would likely be announced by the end of next week so the Vikings can make backup plans. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner said they always have to have a plan in case players aren’t available, whether because of injury or other factors.
“I just have a different take on those things. You have to have a varied plan, and unfortunately in this game guys miss,” Turner said. “If it’s a case where someone misses because of an off-the-field thing, that’s one thing. But we could be in the opening game and someone we’re counting on to be in a big role sprains his ankle on the third play and we have to have a plan to go play and do the things we want to do. So, yeah, we have plans and there are certain plays that Simps is really good on and there are other guys that have to fill in if he’s not in for that play.”
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