On Thursday night, while the eyes of the football world were on the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, a potential third-day selection, LSU’s Tharold Simon, was unfortunately busy getting arrested.
The police report stated that Simon was disrespectful to police officers and blasting his music and the like, and it was said behavior that landed him in jail — and presumably off a lot of NFL teams’ draft boards.
However, his agent, Peter Schaffer, has Simon’s back. Schaffer hit the pavement, taking statements from a number of witnesses, intent on proving his client’s innocence (and yes, we scored that last line from every episode of Law & Order ever)
“I have spent the better part of the morning investigating this matter, including getting statements from over 20 witnesses,” Schaffer told ProFootballTalk by phone. “The witnesses corroborate that Tharold did nothing wrong, certainly nothing illegal, and he acted with dignity and class throughout the entire ordeal. I am 100 percent certain that no charges will be filed. We are looking into pursuing a lawsuit against the office for violation of Tharold’s civil rights.
“I am appalled by the behavior of the Eunice, Louisiana police department.”
Simon’s draft stock was already fairly low, so this new evidence may or may not push him into the later rounds. However, there is something else important here: Simon’s good name.
It is not easy being a student-athlete, and neither is starting in the LSU secondary. Simon had to earn that spot, he had to bleed and sweat his way into it.
If a police officer was treating him without any class, and unnecessarily at that, Simon and Schaffer have very right to bring civil charges against the cop and his department.