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Top-20 recruit Jeffery Simmons of MSU apologizes after report of beating woman in video

Nov 29, 2014; Oxford, MS, USA; A Mississippi State Bulldogs helmet rest on the sidelines against the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The Rebels won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 29, 2014; Oxford, MS, USA; A Mississippi State Bulldogs helmet rest on the sidelines against the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The Rebels won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Jeffery Simmons, a top-20 recruit who signed with Mississippi State, has apologized after it was reported that there's a video of him beating a woman.

WCBI News reports the video shows Simmons and another woman punching a woman, and that it would be aired during its Saturday night broadcast.

Simmons apologized to "Sophia Taylor" and her family on Facebook and blamed his actions on a misguided attempt to "defend my family".

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"What was I thinking? Honestly, I wasn't thinking, all I could think was this is my family and I'm supposed to defend my family," he wrote. "Many know my deceased nephews were my pride and joy, I do everything I do in honor of the life they never got the chance to live, and to listen to someone talk so terrible about them caused me to make choices, decisions and act in a manner that was out of character for me. Is that an excuse?... NO! I truly hope that you will find it in your hearts to forgive me for my actions."

MSU signee Jeffery Simmons speaks out after violent video surfaces https://t.co/RUrnFEzPw3 pic.twitter.com/B8bzt7CJ1m

— Alex McDaniel (@AlexMcDaniel) March 26, 2016

Police in Macon, Miss. have not commented on whether they are investigating the alleged incident.