Free agent wide receiver Jerome Simpson, formerly of the Bengals, will be suspended for the first three games of the 2012 season for a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Simpson recently served a 15-day jail sentence after pleading guilty to a felony drug charge. He was arrested in September for having about two pounds of marijuana delivered to his home in northern Kentucky.
The suspension seems light when compared to the four-game suspensions handed out to the Redskins’ Trent Williams and Fred Davis for repeated failing of tests for marijuana. Simpson was guilty of a felony while what Williams and Davis did barely registers as a misdemeanor in most jurisdictions. Not that Davis and Williams should have received lighter penalties necessarily but it does seem odd that an offense that the legal system treats pretty lightly, use and possession, gets a harsher punishment from the NFL than a felony.