Texas-San Antonio player and his father arrested on multiple charges
[dropcap]A[/dropcap] college football player having a little too much to drink and getting into a dustup with police is not an unheard of occurrence.
CheRod Simpson, a senior running back at Texas-San Antonio, and his father, Rodney Simpson, were arrested for allegedly trespassing at an apartment complex near the UTSA campus and becoming aggressive with police.
According to San Antonio’s Fox 29 Television, CheRod, 22, and Rodney, 53, were at the Aspen Heights Apartments pool around 2 a.m. Saturday when two off-duty San Antonio Police officers who were working security at the complex asked them to leave.
Rodney Simpson then began cussing at the officers with slurred speech, and at one point got about two inches from an officer’s face while yelling obscenities, according to a police report.
When the officer placed the elder Simpson under arrest, CheRod allegedly tried to intervene and pushed one of the officers away. CheRod resisted arrest and became aggressive, and the officer had to use his stun gun to get him under control.
Neither CheRod, his father or the other two people with them we wearing armbands designating them as residents of the complex.
CheRod was charged with criminal trespassing, public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according to the report.
An Oakland, Calif. native who began his career at Texas A&M-Commerce, Simpson played in 12 games for UTSA last season. He rushed 19 times for 78 yards and caught two passes for 16 yards. In 2011, he carried the ball 10 times for 27 yards and caught seven passes for 79 yards and a touchdown.
“We are aware of the matter regarding one of our football student-athletes and will address it accordingly, based on a full review of the incident,” UTSA coach Larry Coker said in a statement.
Texas-San Antonio moved from FCS to the FBS prior to the 2012 season. At the end of a two-year transitional membership, the Roadrunners will become a bowl eligible, full FBS member in 2014.
After spending last season in the now-defunct WAC, UTSA joins Conference USA in 2013.
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