Tharold Simon’s arrest the night before the NFL drafts has angered and disappointed fans — including 20 witnesses to the rowdy street party who say that the former LSU cornerback did nothing wrong.
It all started on Thursday night, when apparently Simon and friends were having a pre-party before the official “Tharold Simon Day” scheduled to take place in his Eunice, LA hometown on Friday.
According to some reports, his vehicle was blocking the street. When asked to move it, he reportedly told the officer, “I own Eunice” and “You are going to be mine.”
As Reese Witherspoon recently found out, you just don’t play the Do You Know Who I Am card with Southern police officers. That dog don’t hunt.
The thing is, Simon did move the vehicle. However, the police report said that he backed up in an “aggressive manner” and “turned his radio all the way up.” In other words, the officer didn’t much like his attitude.
Result? Tharold Simon was arrested and charged with “public intimidation, resisting arrest and unnecessary noise.”
He was soon released on bond, but Eunice mayor Rusty Moody said that the official celebration of Tharold Simon day on Friday was cancelled. Ouch.
Simon’s agent Peter Schaffer is talking about taking legal action against the Eunice police department for the admittedly ridiculous-sounding arrest. But I doubt that dog’ll hunt either.
In any case, the charges are widely considered minor nuisance charges, not much more serious than Witherspoon’s recent arrest for disorderly conduct. But some observers say that it speaks to Simon’s overall character and attitude, especially in light of a 2011 incident when he was suspended from an LSU game against Auburn for testing positive for synthetic marijuana use.
One fan expressed his frustration on Simon’s Facebook page: “WTH are you thinkin Man? Right Before the Draft??”
All in all, it was god-awful timing for Tharold Simon’s arrest.
[LSU football cheerleader photo by Just Dog via Wikipedia Commons]