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Trouble for another LSU DB

Tharold Smith
Tharold Smith was drafted by Seattle on Saturday, two days after an arrest in Louisiana.
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Sam Gardner

Sam Gardner is a general assignment writer for FOXSports.com. Originally from Orlando, Fla., he previously covered the Orlando Magic for FOX Sports Florida and has also covered the NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals and MLB playoffs. Follow him on Twitter.

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Tyrann Mathieu may not have been selected Thursday in the first round of the NFL Draft (it was in Round 3 to Arizona), but at least the Honey Badger can take comfort in knowing that he didn’t have the worst draft opening night among LSU defensive backs hoping to go pro.

Tharold Simon mugshot

The official Tharold Simon mugshot, brought to you by his hometown police department.

Eunice Police Department

According to KATC.com, former Tigers cornerback Tharold Simon was arrested Thursday in his hometown of Eunice, La., where a “Tharold Simon Day” celebration was scheduled for Friday.

Simon was arrested on charges of intimidating a police officer and resisting that officer, as well as a noise violation — all stemming from an incident that started when Simon was reportedly asked to move his car. He was released on $11,000 bond.

According to the report, an officer approached Simon to ask him to move his vehicle, which was blocking a street. Simon allegedly responded by telling the officer, “I own Eunice,” adding that, “I'm gonna buy these projects, and you are gonna be mine.”

Simon also reportedly threatened to have the officer fired if he wrote him a ticket, turned his radio all the way up, and "backed the vehicle in an aggressive manner" — effectively doing what the officer originally asked, in the end.

A Eunice Police spokesperson told FOXSports.com that police reports are not made public in the city, and a request for further details relating to the arrest has yet to be returned.

It's not Simon's first brush with the law. In 2011, Simon, Mathieu and then-LSU running back Spencer Ware were suspended for one game after testing positive for synthetic marijuana.

On Friday, Simon’s agent Peter Schaffer responded to the allegations with an outright denial to Pro Football Talk.

“I have spent the better part of the morning investigating this matter, including getting statements from over 20 witnesses,” Schaffer told the site. “The witnesses corroborate that Tharold did nothing wrong, certainly nothing illegal, and he acted with dignity and class throughout the entire ordeal. I am 100-percent certain that no charges will be filed. We are looking into pursuing a lawsuit against the office for violation of Tharold’s civil rights."

Simon was drafted by Seattle in the fifth round on Saturday, at No. 138 overall.
 

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