Jerome Simpson arrested for DWI at 4 a.m.

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Simpson's latest mugshot.
:::: UPDATE :::: There's no excuse for Jerome Simpson's DWI arrest

Two years after he was charged with felony marijuana trafficking in Kentucky, Jerome Simpson is in trouble with the law again.

SEE ALSO: Jerome Simpson calls Tom Pelissero a "douchebag," Leslie Frazier calls to apologize

Simpson, 27, was arrested this morning on suspicion of drunk driving.

The Star Tribune has the details:
Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson was arrested early Saturday after a state trooper responded to stalled car blocking lanes on Interstate 394 out of downtown Minneapolis at 4:03 a.m., a patrol spokesman said.

Upon the trooper's arrival, Simpson exited the Dodge Charger and showed signs of intoxication, according to Lt. Eric Roeske. Simpson, 27, had slurred speech, watery eyes, and flunked a field sobriety test, so the trooper arrested him, Roeske said.

Simpson denied he was drinking and said he was coming from the Pour House, which is in the Lumber Exchange Building on S. 5th Street in downtown Minneapolis.

He was taken to the Hennepin County jail, where he refused a breath test, Roeske said. Simpson was booked into the Hennepin County jail at 5:39 a.m. Saturday, jail records show.
Simpson is currently on probation in connection with the marijuana arrest (he ultimately pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of "prohibited act relating to controlled substances"). According to ESPN, he posted $12,000 bail and was released from custody this afternoon. Formal charges are still pending.

Simpson's first season with the Vikings was a disaster, but he's in the midst of a bounce-back season this year, leading the team with 491 yards receiving on 33 receptions.

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menace616
menace616

Role model is no longer in effect.

Brian Przybylski
Brian Przybylski

dumbass. the NFL actually pays for drivers for their players. how this continually happens blows my mind.

Stuart Allen
Stuart Allen

right mandatory you wait till monday to see a judge

Sam Sneed
Sam Sneed

The fact he got out Saturday is a sign of how fucked up our country is... I know if I got picked up for a DWI I wouldn't get out until Monday... Even if I had $12,000 to throw at them

Sean Spaeth
Sean Spaeth

I think the Vikings organization actually chooses one player per month to commit some kind of crime just to take the focus off of how bad of a team they are as a whole :)

Stuart Allen
Stuart Allen

This guy's a real role model the Vikings organization always seems to get them

Vern Taplin
Vern Taplin

born in reidsville north carolina. Hardly a "ghetto". Cut the guy some slack. He f-ed up. Haven't we all.

Mark Witte
Mark Witte

urban intellectual. He is an african american and he is posted in an orange jumpsuit for providing medicinal MJ. White women posted in business suit with Bachmann eyes. Kills asian american. Who gets the longer sentence? Yes I am compareing the senser hit and run of the man on the road side to this african american man who might have sold MJ for financial needs and a driving after imbiding in spirits. More proof of racial profiling of non white peeps? I think so.

Tom Schoper
Tom Schoper

Build a stadium, that will solve all of our problems

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

wow upstanding citizens play football..he should be released..

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Him and AP should go grab some beers. #babydaddies

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

I blame Republocrats. A DUI should result in losing your license for 5 years. A second one should cancel it forever.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

I suppose Jerome is lucky the Vikings played on Thursday so at least he got paid for that one. Fines, lawyers and suspension loss of pay is gonna cost this guy a fortune. What a stupid thing to do - get a cab or call a limo.

Steve Griffiths
Steve Griffiths

Not only that, but the NFL has set up services for their players to call and get a ride home. Totally inexcusable.

Brandi Stillings
Brandi Stillings

way to be role model for no one anymore... it makes me sick that successful people that are given a gift that many people can't achieve throw it away for weak things like drugs and drinking...weak

Tony Meuleners
Tony Meuleners

What an idiot! Throw the book at him, he has zero excuses!

Nathan Conley
Nathan Conley

That's just it. I can give someone of modest means in rural MN an easy pass. But someone of means in the metro gets no sympathy.

Nikki K Okerstrom
Nikki K Okerstrom

The nfl has a program for their players that allows for them to make a.phone call and get a free ride for them and their vehicle pretty sure there is no excuse for this

Joshua Warren
Joshua Warren

You can take the thug out of the ghetto, but not the ghetto out of the thug....

Jeff Bender
Jeff Bender

Oh no, just when they were about to make a run at the Super Bowl.

Christian Ucles
Christian Ucles

Good, I needed a reason to drop him from my fantasy football team.

Christine Reule Spetz
Christine Reule Spetz

I don't understand rich people getting DWI's. Hire a driver and get your drink on all you want but for God's sake stay off my damn roads when you don't.

Adam Wogen
Adam Wogen

Good lord, that is one giant noggin.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Slow down bro

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Daren Lindahl Jeez you are a bitter angry loser.  

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Joshua Warren What a stupid pathetic loser you are.   Do you just wait around for black football players to screw up so you can say something stupid and racist? 

joshwarren84
joshwarren84

I don't see how that is racist, I made no reference to the color of his skin, only mentioned his prior criminal record and where he comes from. I could care less if he were black, white, or Asian. If John Sullivan had the same issue I'd bring it up.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@joshwarren84 You used terms like thug and ghetto which have racial connotations.   Jerome Simpson was born in Reidsville, North Carolina.  A small town in Northern North Carolina.  He has nothing to do with the ghetto.   If you truly are so stupid to not know why most people would consider what you said racist perhaps you should try removing your head from your ass.  Only a complete idiot would say what you said and have no idea why its racist.  P.S. Hey dumb racist I notice City Pages had lots of stories about Matt Cooke a goon for the Minnesota Wild who has actually hurt people and ended their career.   Just out curiosity why didn't you comment on those stories about what a thug from the ghetto Matt Cooke is.  Stupid.  

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