Simoni Lawrence signed by Vikings, but still hasn't paid woman he hit on I-94

Categories: Accidents, Vikings
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:::: UPDATE :::: New Vikings linebacker Simoni Lawrence finally pays up

Today, the Vikings announced the signing of former University of Minnesota linebacker and 2009 defensive captain Simoni Lawrence.

Lawrence's return to Minnesota following a successful stint in the CFL is a feel-good story, unless you're Karla Rehberg, the 57-year-old Whittier resident Lawrence crunched in his white Camero on I-94 last year.

Immediately following the accident, Lawrence gave Rehberg his Geico insurance card. But when Rehberg called Geico to follow up, she was informed Lawrence hadn't paid his premiums and wasn't covered.

When we last talked to Rehberg in December, she said that despite months of hounding, Lawrence still hadn't reimbursed her for the more than $3,000 worth of damage he caused to her Honda Fit.

"I don't know if this is just a thing where he wants to call all the shots, or if he thinks I'm trying to screw him or what," Rehberg said. "But it's so odd to see this professional football player who thinks he isn't going to have to pay for this."

Based on this tweet posted by Rehberg yesterday, it appears not much has changed since then: We called Rehberg to get an update this afternoon, but she hadn't got back to us as this is published.

Meanwhile, Lawrence took to Twitter to express his excitement about his homecoming: Will Simoni finally pony up now that he's making an NFL salary? (The minimum is $405,000.) Stay tuned.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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JustTheFacts
JustTheFacts

It Camaro, not Camero. How did spell check miss that?

sillyho
sillyho

That sucks for her, but that is what lawsuits are for. Take him to court, get a judgement, then get on with your life. 

FritterSpeelBURN
FritterSpeelBURN

Another prime example of the NFL.

It is truly amazing the number of morons who spend their money buying jerseys and tickets.  They support the lifestyle of complete assholes who have total disregard of the real people in our society.


Tiffany Sorenson
Tiffany Sorenson

He was in all likelihood a broke college kind and couldn't afford to pay her, it's shitty, but he's human. This ain't as big of a deal as city pages made it into, we love to tear people down. He will probably pay her now that he can

Chad Liljegren
Chad Liljegren

He should have paid her before. Now he will have to pay 10 times waht she wanted.

Zachary Breen Forschler
Zachary Breen Forschler

I think CP needs to encourage this woman to go to small claims court and stop this story. It seems like all we have heard is her side of the story over and over again. If this is all true it should a smooth trip to small claims court for her.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

Well it was only a Honda Fit.. 3k in damage? Wouldnt that pretty much total the thing?


But not really news.. A pro-athlete acting like an asshole douche bag? Color me surprised.

Stephen Noel
Stephen Noel

really..what does this have to do with football? City Pages should be covering his stats not an ill attempt at being the moral police. No wonder the Vikings suck...the reponses are so ugly..no wonder why our state teams suck. The negativity breeds like a disease. Be a part of the solution people please...I get it that this guy has personal issues, but CP wrote this article to illicit a negative response and you fell for it.

Nikki Vayder
Nikki Vayder

Karma's a MF, better pay that bill before it bites you Simoni.

Jessica Nelson
Jessica Nelson

The Vikings have a real knack for hiring assholes.

Steve Bedell
Steve Bedell

He will fit right in, pick up where Erin Henderson and Jerome Simpson left off

Billy Sommers
Billy Sommers

He should use his car and help tare down the rest of the dome.

Tracey Nagel
Tracey Nagel

Another criminal to play for the Vikings. Crap players for a crap team. And everyone wonders why they suck.

Paul Walker
Paul Walker

He will fit right in with the MN Criminals.

spincut13
spincut13

Since according to Lawrence, he is Gods child, so maybe he's waiting for his Daddys insurance plan to kick in and money to fall from the sky :P .

jchamberlaindupree
jchamberlaindupree

@sillyho  You make it seem as if she is in the wrong for trying to get her money. And frankly, while yes, that is what the court system is for, litigation is and should always be a last step. Mediation or settlement privately between two parties is always the preferred route, even by the courts themselves. They would much rather be devoting their time ot more pressing concerns than dealing with this matter that could seemingly be easily resolved privately. Perhaps Mr. Simoni should simply be more amenable to amicably resolving this matter. It is this sort of nonsense that clogs up the court system and wastes taxpayer dollars. This girl makes a fraction of what he makes. Maybe he needs to just pay her so she can get on with her life...

Onan
Onan

A douche even.

_Joe_
_Joe_

He posted pictures of his shiny ass camero all patched up within weeks of the accident.  Plus, I'm guessing the CFL wasn't paying him in maple syrup.


The kid is a deadbeat.  Odds are, he'll blow all his money and have nothing but bankruptcy to cling to when his career fizzles.

stephansonprop
stephansonprop

No Tittany, he was not just a "broke college kid', he knew he was driving without insurance which is illegal and gave the fake card so she would not call the police. What if she would have been injured? or worse.

FritterSpeelBURN
FritterSpeelBURN

Tiffany Sorenson February 9 near Minneapolis, MNI was pulling into a parking lot today and the girl driving out hit a car, visibly damaged it, stopped to look and drove away anyway. I didn't know what to do, I wanted to stop her, or get her license plate#, not a cool move girl.


Onan
Onan

@Simoni_Lawrence @atrupar   - God wants you to pay for the damage.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Simoni_Lawrence @atrupar Another Christian hypocrite.

atrupar
atrupar

@Simoni_Lawrence if you'd like to explain your side of it, happy to do a follow-up. Your lawyer never returned my message last time.

cags777
cags777

It is not a news organization's job to encourage someone to take anything to small claims court. Their job is to only report news as it happens.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Stephen Noel

Nobody gives a shit about his stats.  If the vikings want to stop "breeding negativity" then they might consider not hiring criminals.  

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

He Stephen why don't you pay the nice lady $3000.   Then you can collect from Simoni with your positive attitude.   Should be easy to track her down.  Let's show the world what a great fan you are.  C'mon and ante up.  Skol Vikings.  Let's see if you think its no big deal.  

cags777
cags777

And more trolling from a Packers fan. Why am I not surprised?

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