Former LSU cornerback and NFL Draft prospect Tharold Simon was arrested in Louisiana Thursday night for allegedly intimidating a police officer, reports KATC, Lafayette, La. television station.
Simon is expected to be selected in the mid to late rounds of this weekend's NFL Draft. Simon started all 13 games at cornerback last season for the Tigers, leading the team in pass breakups with nine and in interceptions with four. He also finished with 45 tackles.
Eunice, La. city officials are scheduled to proclaim Friday "Tharold Simon Day" during a ceremony this evening. Eunice Mayor Rusty Moody says the ceremony will go on as planned. "In the United States, our justice system says everyone is innocent until proven guilty," Moody said.
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According to police records, Tharold Simon's car was blocking Beulah Street when an officer asked him to move it. According to the report, Simon told the officer, "I own Eunice," and "I'm gonna buy these projects and you are gonna be mine," (sic) before finally moving his vehicle. The officer noted in the report that Simon spun his wheels and "backed the vehicle in an aggressive manner" and turned his radio "all the way up" while moving his car. The report also says Simon told the officer that "the mayor was on [his] side" and that the officer would be fired if he wrote a ticket. Simon is charged with public intimidation, resisting an officer, and unnecessary noise violation. He was released on bond.