In an incident that could unravel a college football player’s career before it starts, a top recruit with Mississippi State University has been charged with two misdemeanors after a video surfaced of him violently punching a woman, according to the Huffington Post.
Jeffery Simmons, a senior at Noxubee County High School in Macon, Mississippi, was charged Monday with disturbing the peace by fighting and simple assault, both misdemeanors, Macon Police Chief Lucious Mason told the news outlet:
Simmons was not taken into custody, but will be served with a citation to appear in court along with four others who were also charged in the incident, Mason said. The incident reportedly took place Thursday.
Mason called the video “disturbing” and said a court date had yet to be determined.
Local outlets reported that Simmons posted an apology to Facebook, saying, “I take full responsibility for my actions.” The post mentioned a dispute over insults aimed at deceased nephews. The Facebook page has since been deleted.
Simmons, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive end, made headlines in February when he signed with Mississippi State over Alabama, in-state rival Ole Miss, and other schools, writes the online publication.
SOURCE: Huffington Post | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty | VIDEO SOURCE: Inform