New Vikings linebacker Simoni Lawrence finally pays up

Categories: Accidents, Vikings
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Simoni selfie viaTwitter
:::: UPDATE (May 13) :::: To make roster room for all the undrafted free agents the team signed after last weekend's NFL Draft, the Vikings today released Lawrence and offensive lineman Josh Samuda, who suffered a grisly leg injury during a team workout last month.

The Simoni Lawrence car accident saga has finally come to an end.

Nearly a year after the uninsured former U of M football captain rear-ended 57-year-old Karla Rehberg on I-94 near downtown Minneapolis, Lawrence has finally agreed to reimburse her for the damage.

Rehberg and Lawrence met yesterday afternoon at Hagen's Auto Body in Uptown, where work will soon begin to repair the roughly $3,500 worth of damage caused to her Honda Fit by Simoni's white Camaro.

"He didn't seem too eager to hand over the credit card, but he did it, so I'm very proud of him," Rehberg, a 57-year-old self-employed hairdresser, told us. "He wasn't rude to me."

Coming on the heels of a year's worth of arm-twisting, Rehberg said her conversation with Lawrence was brief and to the point. She said he explained that part of his reluctance to pay for the damage previously stemmed from concerns Rehberg might be trying to take advantage of him.

"When he called me today, he said, 'If I just give you a $3,000 check will it take care of it?' I said, it probably wouldn't, but we just need to get the damage fixed, that's all," Rehberg said.

Lawrence is certainly in better position to pay up than he was a year ago. Coming off a strong season in the CFL, Simoni signed a deal with the Vikings earlier this week. The minimum NFL salary is just over $400,000.

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8 comments
stephansonprop
stephansonprop

    Like I said yesterday, NO insurance. Now where is the ticket for driving without insurance?

Joe Peterson
Joe Peterson

Just think. If he had insurance, this is not a story.

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

Because she is speaking so kindly(I wouldn't) of him even after he was rather rude since he wasn't responsible enough to pay the full amount or in a timely fashion..... How about he sends her a thank you for treating me good check! Sorry but he's a loser

Marcos Maiero
Marcos Maiero

That was nice of the Vikings to hire this young boy despite his mental handicap.

Tiffany Sorenson
Tiffany Sorenson

now that he isn't a college student and has the money for it....obviously wasn't the greatest move on his part not to pay, but I'm going to assume he simply didn't have the cash.

PohoRes
PohoRes

Will we get an update once the repairs are finished? How about its next oil change?

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