As if the Minnesota Vikings’ situation couldn’t have been any worse, there’s news today that would say otherwise. Wide receiver Jerome Simpson was arrested early Saturday morning for “probable cause of driving while intoxicated.”
It’s been a long and winding road for Simpson, who plead guilty to a felony drug charge back in March of 2012. Which, according to 1500ESPN, happened “after enforcement officials tracked a shipment of more than two pounds of marijuana to his Kentucky home in September 2011. He was suspended the first three games of his Vikings’ career the following season.”
It will be hard to predict where the Vikings will go from here, as they lost one of their best offensive weapons on the team.
From FanSided’s own Vikings’ site, The Viking Age,
Simpson struggled after returning to the Vikings in 2012, leading many to believe he would not be asked back for 2013. But to many people’s surprise he not only came back, he was given a small raise in salary. Simpson has rewarded the Vikings by leading the team in receptions (33) and receiving yards (491). His displays of sartorial splendor have also become the stuff of legend.
It will be interesting to see how the Vikings can move on from this. They just picked up their second win of the season, their first on US soil, when they beat Washington on Thursday night.
They had just started to realize an answer to their quarterback problem, until Christian Ponder suffered a dislocated shoulder. So now it looks like they will be back at square one.
They still have issues under center, and now their top receiver has some issues of his own. At least one thing remains constant in Minnesota – Adrian Peterson is still a beast.