(COVINGTON, Ky.) — Former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson has been sentenced to 15 days in jail as well as three years’ probation based on a drug-related charge.
Simpson’s sentence was originally 60 days, but the judge reduced it to 15 days after a plea agreement was reached. Simpson pleaded guilty in March to the felony after two pounds of marijuana was shipped to his house in Northern Kentucky back in September.
“I take full responsibility for my actions,” he said. He also told the judge that he thinks that “because of this I’m a better person.”
Simpson just finished his fourth season with the Bengals after being drafted by the team in the second round of the 2008 draft. He played in just a total of 11 games his first three seasons, but he had a breakout season in 2011. He caught 50 passes for 725 yards while also scoring four touchdowns. He is currently an unrestricted free agent, and his future with the Bengals is unknown at this time.
Along with the jail sentence and probation, Simpson will have to serve 200 hours of community service, undergo drug testing, and pay $7,500.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN