By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: November 9th, 2013 at 12:03 PM EST
The Minnesota Vikings have had a lot of distractions this season.
It was the quarterback situation, then the death of Adrian Peterson’s son. And then it was the rumors that the Vikings might trade defensive end Jared Allen.
Now, comes the news that wide receiver Jerome Simpson has been arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) this morning. He is presently in Hennepin County jail on a misdemeanor charge.
He was booked at 5:39 am this morning, according to jail records. He refused a breathalyzer and was arrested on probable cause.
Simpson is on a 36-hour hold. However, due to the weekend, he could spend more time in jail, as a judge may not see him until Tuesday at the earliest.
This season, he has 33 receptions for 491 yards.
And this arrest gives Simpson more legal problems than he may want right now. This could affect his probation from an September 2011 felony drug charge, which he received while a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.
Police had Simpson’s Kentucky townhome under surveillance and intercepted a package containing 2.5 pounds of marijuana. After searching Simpson’s home, police found 6 more pounds of marijuana, scales, empty packages that looked similar to the one that police intercepted.
In April 2012, he was sentenced to serve 15 days in jail and 200 hours of community service. Along with jail and community service, he was also placed on 3-years probation.
He missed the first three games of the 2012 season after being suspended by commissioner Roger Goodell for the drug arrest.
The Vikings played on Thursday night, so he is not in any danger of missing a game. But it will be a coaching decision if he plays next week.