Report: Tharold Simon arrested night before Tharold Simon Day

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

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Tharold Simon was charged with public intimidation the night before his own day in Eunice, La. (USATSI)

There's never a convenient time to get arrested. For former LSU cornerback and current NFL Draft prospect Tharold Simon, though, Thursday night might prove to be particularly awkward.

Per Lafayette, La., TV station KATC, Simon was arrested in his hometown of Eunice, La. and charged with public intimidation, resisting an officer and unnecessary noise violation. Simon was released on bond.

According to police records, Simon angrily responded to a police request that he move his car to prevent it blocking a Eunice street, allegedly "back[ing] the vehicle [up] in an aggressive manner," telling the officer "I own Eunice" and that the officer he would be fired if he wrote Simon a ticket.

Though the charges do not appear to be serious, the arrest will no doubt be embarassing to Simon given that he's expected to be drafted sometime during Friday's NFL Draft middle rounds or Saturday's later ones -- CBSSports.com projects him as a Round 4 or 5 selection -- and even more so with the city of Eunice scheduled to celebrate "Tharold Simon Day" on Friday. Mayor Rusty Moody told KATC that a planned ceremony in Simon's honor would go ahead despite the arrest.

"In the United States, our justice system says everyone is innocent until proven guilty," Moody said.

That might not be the case where the NFL is concerned, however. CBSSports.com draft expert Rob Rang believes that after a headline-making arrest the very day that he might have been drafted, Simon "will be lucky to hear his name called at all this weekend."

 
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