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Football recruit Jeffrey Simmons apologizes for beating woman

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Mississippi State top-20 recruit Jeffrey Simmons has apologized on Saturday night after it was reported that he was in a video beating a woman. WCBI News reported that the video showed that Simmons and another woman punched the woman in the violent attack.

The video aired during their Saturday night broadcast. The football recruit apologized to an individual named “Sophia Taylor” and her family on Facebook via a Facebook post.

He also said that his actions were an attempt to “defend his family.”

“Where do I start?,” Simmons wrote on Facebook. “Where do I begin? Wow! Decisions, choices, and actions should always be carefully thought through when incidents occur. I take full responsibility for my actions that occurred on Thursday evening. My apology goes out to the Taylor Family and especially to Sophia Taylor. Honestly, I wasn’t thinking, all I could think was this is my family and I am supposed to defend my family.

“Many know my deceased nephews were my pride and joy, I do everything I do in honor of the life they never got the chance to live, and to listen to someone speak so terrible about them really caused me to make choices, decisions and act in a manor that was out of character for me. Is that an excuse? ….. NO! I truly hope that you will find it in your hearts to forgive me for my actions. I want to apologize to those that have supported me, those who look up to me and those who I consider family. I hope that each of you will accept my apology. I was raised in church, I’ve asked for forgiveness and I pray for God’s continued guidance as I move forward in being a better person.”

The authorities in Macon, Miss. would not comment on whether there’s an ongoing investigation going with this matter.

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