MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — For the second time this month another member of the Minnesota Vikings is in trouble with the law.
This time the player, cornerback A.J. Jefferson was released from the team.
Police say Jefferson was arrested Monday morning after officers were called to his Eden Prairie home on reports of a domestic assault. Just hours earlier, Jefferson played during the Sunday afternoon game against the Green Bay Packers.
“I can’t really comment on his release or what happens from this point on regarding him, but I can inform you that that is a fact he was released,” said Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier.
He added: “It’s best that I not comment on A.J. at this point.”
Many compare Jefferson’s situation with that of Chris Cook. Some say there is a double standard.
Cook was arrested for domestic battery in 2011, suspended for one game and spent the rest of season on paid leave before he was acquitted.
Frazier says people should not read anything into Jefferson’s release from the team.
“The procedure is a whole lot different from player to player, but I can’t talk much more than that,” the coach said.
The Eden Prairie City Attorney must now look at the evidence and decide if Jefferson will be charged with a crime. He is being held in the county jail with no bond. According to the Hennepin County Attorney, they have until Wednesday to charge him or let him go.
Jefferson was the second Vikings player this month to have troubles with the law. A day after the Vikings win over Washington, wide receiver Jerome Simpson was arrested.
Simpson was observed sitting in his stalled car on the side of the road. When troopers approached him, they noticed signs of intoxication.
In 2012, Simpson was suspended for three games, because a two pound package of marijuana showed up at his home.