Bengals' Collins issues statement
Bengals tackle Anthony Collins has issued a statement through his attorney that he was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time regarding a package of marijuana being delivered to the home of teammate Jerome Simpson. Here is Collins' statement through attorney Robert Lotz, via the Cincinnati Enquirer.
This past Tuesday morning I stopped by the house of my teammate, Jerome Simpson, on my way to the stadium. While I was at his home, several law enforcement officers unexpectedly entered the house. I had no idea what it was about and after identifying myself and speaking to the officers, they let me go on my way.
Unfortunately I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. However, I do want to take this opportunity to let my fans, friends and family know that I had no part in the reported activities at Jerome’s home. I have done nothing wrong and I have not been charged with doing anything wrong. So far as I know, I am no longer a part of any investigation.
In due time, I am confident that authorities will clear my name and announce I am not a person of interest and my name will be completely cleared from Tuesday’s incident. In the meantime, my focus will continue to be on playing football and helping my teammates, coaches and the rest of the Cincinnati Bengals organization have a successful 2011 season.
Meanwhile, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com tweeted that Simpson was excused for a second straight day of practice and is “very doubtful” for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers, as he is still one of the subjects of the investigation.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com