Former CCU star Simpson suspended for three games

Former Coastal Carolina and current Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson must serve a three-game suspension to start the 2012 season as a result of his guilty plea on drug charges in Kentucky, the NFL announced Monday.

“Jerome Simpson of the Minnesota Vikings has been suspended without pay for the team’s first three games of the 2012 regular season and fined an additional game check for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse,” the statement read.

“Simpson will be eligible to return to the Vikings’ active roster on Monday, September 24 following the team’s September 23 game against the San Francisco 49ers. Simpson is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.”

Simpson was sentenced to 15 days in jail and three years probation. He must serve three years probation, pay a $7,500 fine, complete 200 hours community service and undergo regular drug testing as part of the arrangement.

Simpson pleaded guilty March 1 to a lesser felony and could have faced a longer sentence in accordance with the plea agreement after initially being indicted for marijuana trafficking, a felony.

Simpson, 26, admitted in court that he accepted a package of marijuana. In exchange, prosecutors amended the charge from one count of trafficking marijuana in excess of eight ounces to one count of prohibited acts relating to controlled substances.

As part of the plea, Kenton Commonwealth’s attorney Rob Sanders recommended Simpson serve 60 days of a three-year sentence in prison in addition to the fine and 200 hours of community service.

A second-round draft pick out of Coastal Carolina, Simpson hauled in 50 passes for 725 yards and four touchdowns last season.

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