Vikings WR Simpson's return in limbo after revelation

Suspended Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson is scheduled to be eligible to be reinstated following Week 3. But now, his future might be in limbo following the revelation he was cited by police in July for having marijuana and an open bottle of alcohol in his car while driving on a restricted driver's license.

An incident report released Thursday, said Simpson was ticketed, but not arrested despite violating terms of a 2013 arrest.

Simpson is serving a three-game suspension for the November drunken-driving arrest.

Bloomington police said the officers who stopped Simpson were following the law when they cited Simpson for misdemeanor charges of driving on a restricted license, marijuana possession and having an open bottle of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

"If he had a felony amount (of marijuana) or was engaged in dangerous criminal activity, the officers could have arrested and booked him," Richard Hart, deputy chief of police told the Pioneer Press Thursday. "He had valid ID. There wasn't any reason to arrest, and the officers were right to cite him."


The Vikings had not commented as of early Thursday afternoon.

Simpson entered into a plea deal on the drunken driving charges and pleaded guilty to careless driving and refusing to submit to a chemical test. In return, he received two years' probation with the conditions he would not have any alcohol- or drug-related traffic offenses and no driver license violations.

This is not his first brush with the law or first suspension from the NFL.

He served a three-game suspension in 2012 with Minnesota after being convicted of a felony for mailing two pounds of pot to his Kentucky home while he was playing for the Cincinnati Bengals.

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