Just a few months ago, five-star Mississippi State linebacker Jeffery Simmons was charged with disturbing the peace while fighting, a misdemeanor, after a video of him hitting a women several times surfaced. He will lose some time of his first season with the Bulldogs as the school evaluates him.
The school announced on Thursday that he would be suspended for the season opener against South Alabama, while they determine a possible more severe punishment. However, it does not seem like he receive any more punishment at this time.
“Based on conversations our staff has had with school, community and church leaders in Noxubee County, this incident appears to be uncharacteristic of Jeffery,” MSU athletic director Scott Stricklin said in a statement. “It’s a highly unique circumstance to administer discipline to a student for an incident that occurred prior to that individual joining our university. However, it’s important that Jeffery and other potential MSU students understand that these type of actions and poor decisions are not acceptable.
“We expect the structure and discipline Jeffery will be a part of in our football program to benefit him. Jeffery will be held accountable for his actions while at MSU, and there will be consequences for any future incidents.”
Jeffery Simmons has since issued an apology for the incident saying that the woman spoke ill of a deceased relative. He was the Bulldogs’ only five-star recruit in the 2016 class and was the top-rated recruit in the state of Mississippi.
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