The first round of the 2013 NFL Draft may have been tough for former West Virginia star Geno Smith, but at least he is guaranteed to be drafted.
The same cannot be said for former LSU cornerback and draft hopeful Tharold Simon. The Eunice, LA native was arrested on Thursday night.
KATC.com of Lafayette, LA recounts the events that led to his arrest.
According to police records, Tharold Simon’s car was blocking Beulah Street when an officer asked him to move it. According to the report, Simon told the officer, “I own Eunice,” and “I’m gonna buy these projects and you are gonna be mine,” (sic) before finally moving his vehicle. The officer noted in the report that Simon spun his wheels and “backed the vehicle in an aggressive manner” and turned his radio “all the way up” while moving his car. The report also says Simon told the officer that “the mayor was on [his] side” and that the officer would be fired if he wrote a ticket. Simon is charged with public intimidation, resisting an officer, and unnecessary noise violation. He was released on bond.
Simon, while not expected to be drafted until Saturday, may have just put his foot in his mouth. Teams are likely to steer clear of a guy who can’t hold it together on the most important weekend of his life, meaning Simon may have a difficult time ‘buying the projects’ now.
Adding to the bizarre timing and nature of the arrest is the fact that Friday is being proclaimed as “Tharold Simon Day” in Eunice. According to Eunice Mayor Rusty Moody, the day will still be celebrated.