We talked to new Seattle Seahawks cornerback Tharold Simon, who provided us his version of what happened on Thursday evening when he was charged with public intimidation, resisting arrest and unnecessary noise in his hometown of Eunice, La.
“It’s my fault,” he said. “I mean I shouldn’t have been parked on the side of the road. But I was just chillin’ in my grandmother’s house. And my car was parked on the side of the road by my grandmother’s house. And I seen a car pull up, and it looked like a cop car.
“So I went out there. And when I went out there, he told me to move the car. And when I moved the car. And when I turned the car on the music was up. And so when I pulled up in the driveway, he told me to give him my license. And I gave him my license.
“And then I just sat on my car. He was running my license through. He called another cop to bring him a ticket book because I guess he was going to write me a ticket. And one of my friend’s had came to congratulate me on the draft that was going on and stuff. And he told my friend to move around. And then I had got out the car and I was like, ‘Man, you trippin’ for nothing. I mean, there’s nothing serious really going on around here.’
“And I guess he said my pants was low. So he was like ‘Pick your pants up before I take you to jail.’ And I picked my pants up. And then he just grabbed me and said, ‘You know what, matter of fact put your hands behind your back.’”
Simon said he had his girlfriend’s car keys, and he was trying to throw her car keys to his cousin, which the officer interpreted as him resisting arrest.
“I never ran,” Simon said. “I never flinched or moved or nothing. ... I’m a humble guy. I’m embarrassed about what happened. It shouldn’t have happened. But like I said, everything happens for a reason. And right now my focus is to get up to Seattle and go compete.
Ed Dodds, the Seahawks south central scout responsible for scouting Simon, said the team has clarity on Simon’s incident, and they are fine with it.
“I spent a lot of time with Tharold,” Dodds said. “He’s a really good kid. We wants to please. He called me as soon as that kind of happened. And as far as specifics, we’ll just kind of wait to see what shakes out. But we were comfortable with what me and him talked about. And I talked to other people down there, so I don’t see it as an issue.”
As far as on the field, Dodds said the 6-2, 202-pound Simon is a perfect fit for Seattle’s system, and has particularly impressive ball skills.
Simon finished with 22 pass deflections and seven interceptions in 34 games at LSU, which includes 15 starts.
“He looks beat sometimes,” Dodd said. “But he’s so long, and he just catches everything. That’s what you see with those guys with length. The quarterback thinks the player’s open, but this guy’s so long, he gets there. And with him, he’s not just knocking it down, he’s catching it.”