Ko Simpson faces charges in South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Buffalo Bills safety Ko Simpson was arrested outside a bar in his hometown of Rock Hill after he refused to leave officers alone as they arrested another man, according to a police report.
Simpson was in a car that was speeding through the parking lot of the Celebrations bar about 2 a.m. New Year's Day. The driver and another passenger in the car were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after they yelled and cursed at police, according to the report.
Simpson then began yelling at officers, saying, "I'm Ko Simpson with the Buffalo Bills. I am worth millions!" several times. The officers asked Simpson to leave the parking lot and he began to walk away, but turned around and started yelling at officers again, police said.
The officers arrested Simpson because they feared his screaming might cause the large crowd that had gathered to turn against them, police said.
The 25-year-old Simpson was charged with hindering police and released on a $470 bond, according to Rock Hill jail officials.
Messages left for the Bills and Simpson's agent were not immediately returned.
Simpson played in all 16 games for Buffalo this season, intercepting two passes and making 66 tackles after missing nearly all of 2007 with a broken ankle. Simpson was drafted in the fourth round in 2006 and became an immediate starter because of the team's injuries, with two interceptions and 76 tackles his rookie year.
Simpson was the Southeastern Conference freshman of the year in 2004 at South Carolina, leaving the Gamecocks after two seasons.
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