LSU cornerback Tharold Simon is in the same mold as current starting Seattle cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner, both of whom are big for the position. Simon is 6 feet 2, 202 pounds and plays a similar style.
“I know they like tall, physical corners, and I’m a tall, physical corner,” Simon said. “Get up there and press, I know that’s what they like to do. I know I fit in there, and I’m ready to go compete and show them I fit in their system.”
Simon left LSU after his junior season, where he led the team with nine pass breakups and four interceptions. He developed a reputation as one of LSU’s best corners, despite sharing the secondary spotlight with, at times, a host of NFL-bound players.
Ed Dodds, Seattle’s south central area scout, said Simon has a knack for interceptions.
That’s what stood out,” Dodds said. “This guy turns the football over.”
But Simon also comes with some baggage. According to reports, Simon was arrested Thursday night and charged with public intimidation, resisting arrest and unnecessary noise in his hometown of Eunice, La. “Tharold Simon Day” was scheduled to take place on Friday and celebrate his move to the NFL.
According to KATC, a television station based in Lafayette, La., Simon’s car was blocking a street when a police officer arrived and asked him to move it. According to KATC, Simon told the officer, “I own Eunice,” and “I’m gonna buy these projects and you are gonna be mine.”
The report said Simon then moved the car and spun his wheels, backing it up in an aggressive manner while turning up music loudly. Simon also reportedly told the officer that “the mayor was on [his] side” and he would get fired if he wrote the ticket.
Simon explained the situation on conference calls with reporters.
“The whole thing, it’s my fault,” Simon said. “I shouldn’t have been parked on the side of the road. I was just chilling in the house at my grandmother’s house and my car was parked on the side of the road. And I seen a car pull up and it looked like a cop car so I went out there and he told me to move the car. I moved the car, and I when I turned the car on, the music was up.
“When I pulled up in the driveway, he told me to give me his license and I gave him my license. I just sat on the car, he was running my license and he called another cop to bring him a ticket book. I guess he was going to write me a ticket. One of my friends came to congratulate me on the draft that was going on, and he told my friend to move around.
“I had got out of the car and I was like, ‘Man, you’re tripping for nothing. There’s really nothing serious going on around here.’ He said my pants were low. He said, ‘pick your pants up before I take you to jail.’ 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.’
“So I put my hands behind my back and I had my girl’s car keys so I was trying to throw my girl’s car keys to my cousin, so I kind of jerked my arm and he said I was resisting arrest. I never ran. I never flinched a move or nothing. He said I was resisting arrest, so he took me to jail. He said I threatened him, his life or whatever. I told him that I had 30 witnesses out there that know I didn’t do nothing wrong or say nothing wrong.
“I’m a humble guy. I mean, I’m embarrassed about what happened because it shouldn’t have happened. Everything happens for a reason. Right now my focus is to get up to Seattle and go compete.”
Dodds talked with Simon the night of the incident and talked with him about it.
“I’ve spent a lot of time with Tharold,” he said. “He’s a really good kid. He wants to please. He called me as soon as that happened. We’ll just 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. I don’t see it as an issue.”