Covington, KY – A Kentucky judge sentenced NFL wide receiver Jerome Simpson to 15 days in jail Thursday after he pleaded guilty last month to a felony drug charge.
The sentence by Kenton Circuit Court Judge Gregory M. Bartlett included three years of probation and a $7,500 fine plus court costs, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
Simpson, who has played the last four seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals, pled guilty to the drug charge on March 1.
In September, police confiscated a package containing 2 1/2 pounds of marijuana that was being shipped from California to Simpson's Kentucky home. A woman accepted the package and Simpson was discovered inside along with teammate Anthony Collins.
Police asked to search the home and found another six pounds of marijuana, along with paraphernalia. Collins was not charged in the incident.
Simpson admitted to accepting the package and in exchange prosecutors modified the charge from one count of trafficking marijuana in excess of eight ounces to one count of prohibited acts relating to controlled substances.
Prosecutor Rob Sanders had recommended Simpson serve a 60-day jail sentence with a work release provision.
Simpson appeared in all 16 games for the Bengals last season, starting 14, and had 50 catches for 725 yards and four touchdowns. He caught three passes for 33 yards in Cincinnati's 31-10 playoff loss to the Houston Texans.
But his most memorable catch of the season came in Week 16 against Arizona, when Simpson scored a touchdown by soaring over a defender in a full forward somersault with the ball clutched in his right hand.
Simpson is an unrestricted free agent and could face a suspension from the league for violating its personal conduct policy.