Former LSU DB Tharold Simon
Timing is everything in life, and former LSU defensive back Tharold Simon has really bad timing.
The former Tiger was arrested Thursday night for public intimidation and resisting an officer in his hometown of Eunice, La., according to KATC 3 in Lafayette, La.
When told by an officer to move his vehicle which was blocking Beulah Street, Simon said "I own Eunice," and "I'm gonna buy these projects and you are gonna be mine," according to the police report.
His timing could not be worse.
Simon declared early for the NFL draft and is expected to be selected this weekend. What's more, Eunice mayor Rusty Moody has a ceremony planned for Friday evening that will declare April 26 "Tharold Simon Day."
Just for emphasis, he got arrested the day before his own day.
According to CBSSports.com, Simon's agent Peter Schaffer has threatened legal action against the Eunice police department following the arrest.
I have obtained a written statement from almost 20 witnesses, all of whom corroborated Tharold's version of the incident, in which he did absolutely nothing wrong and nothing illegal. I'm 100 percent confident that there will be no charges filed and Tharold will be completely exonerated. I'm looking into the filing of a civil lawsuit against the officer and the Eunice Police Department. Tharold is an outstanding young man, and it's appalling to me that an officer would act this way, particularly at this time.
Simon had 45 tackles, nine pass breakups and four interceptions a year ago, and has the athleticism to be a solid player at the next level. He left LSU a year early to take care of his family, according to Carter Bryant of WUBR 910 in Baton Rouge:
Spoke to Simon at length on #LSU Pro Day. He stressed multiple times how badly he wants to get paid & take of his family/little girl.— Carter Bryant (@CarterthePower) April 26, 2013
Is it going to impact his draft stock? That's hard to say.
The charges are relatively minor, but the attitude displayed by Simon to the arresting officer is certainly enough to call his character into question.
Does Tharold Simon's arrest impact his draft status?
Along with Tyrann Mathieu and Spencer Ware, Simon was suspended for LSU's 2011 meeting with Auburn. The trio reportedly tested positive for synthetic marijuana, according to ESPN.com.
The new charges might make teams hesitate a little, but character issues are not new for Simon.
Draft stock aside, though, being arrested the day before your hometown is about to honor you isn't the best career or public relations move, regardless of the circumstances.
According to the report, "Tharold Simon Day" will go on as planned.