Vikings release A.J. Jefferson after domestic assault arrest

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings have released

cornerback A.J. Jefferson after he was arrested Monday morning on probable

cause for domestic assault.

Jefferson was jailed at 6:57 a.m. on Monday and is still in

custody while being held without bail.

A statement from the Eden Prairie police department says a

23-year-old female reported she was a victim of domestic assault at 4:30 a.m.

on Monday, and Jefferson, 25, was arrested on probable cause for domestic

assault at his home in Eden Prairie. The statement offered no further details

and stated the case is under investigation.

Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier declined to add any further

information on Jefferson or the reason for his release.

“I can’t really comment on his release or what happens from

this point on regarding him,” Frazier said.

Jefferson is the second Vikings’ player to be arrested in 16

days. Receiver Jerome Simpson was arrested on Nov. 9 and charged with

third-degree DWI for refusal to submit to a chemical test, a gross misdemeanor,

and fourth-degree DWI for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of

alcohol, a misdemeanor.

Simpson is still with the Vikings and hasn’t received any

discipline from the team or the NFL in connection other than losing his

starting spot in the following week’s game. Frazier said the team was taking

its cues from the league in regards to discipline for Simpson and what the new

collective bargaining agreement allows.

“When it comes to the CBA, those rules are those rules, they

don’t change,” Frazier said. “Depending on substance abuse, or whatever it is.”

Minnesota’s Chris Cook was arrested on Oct. 22, 2011 and

later charged with felony charges of domestic abuse/strangulation. He was

suspended by the team, but reinstated less than two weeks later. He missed the

season’s final 10 games after the team told him to stay away from the team

facilities while going through the legal process. He was later acquitted.

According to an NFL arrest database maintained by the San

Diego Union-Tribune, Vikings’ players were arrested 10 times in the span of

just over 17 months from Jan. 29, 2011 to July 7, 2012. Simpson’s arrest on

Nov. 9 was the first arrest of a Minnesota player since Adrian Peterson was

arrested July 7, 2012 and charged with resisting arrest at a Houston night

club, a case in which the charges were eventually dropped.

Jefferson played one defensive snap in Sunday’s 26-26 tie at

Green Bay before leaving with a neck injury. The 6-foot-1 cornerback had five

tackles and one interception in 10 games this season for the Vikings. He was

acquired by Minnesota in a preseason trade last year from the Arizona

Cardinals. He had 37 tackles in 15 games last season.

Frazier said it was a mutual decision between he and general

manager Rick Spielman to release Jefferson and repeatedly refused to offer

specifics on Jefferson on Monday.

“I wouldn’t mind if I could, but it’s best if I not comment

regarding A.J. at this point,” Frazier said.

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