St. Landry

Apr 26, 2013 5:21 PM by Ian Auzenne

"Tharold Simon Day" Canceled

A ceremony in Eunice honoring former LSU cornerback Tharold Simon has been canceled following his arrest Thursday night. According to Mayor Rusty Moody, Simon's family planned the event and asked the city to proclaim the day as "Tharold Simon Day" in the town. Moody says that event will not take place tonight as scheduled.

Simon, a junior at LSU who is a prospect in this weekend's NFL Draft, was charged with public intimidation and resisting an officer after he allegedly mouthed off to a police officer. Police reports say Simon told the officer he would be fired by the mayor if he wrote him a ticket for blocking a road with his car and playing music too loudly.

KATC reached out to Simon today, but he declined comment. His agent, Peter Schaffer told the Associated Press that he disputes the police department's description of the events.

"There were 30 witnesses," Schaffer said. "We've talked to about 20. They all corroborate Tharold's story. He did nothing wrong. The police overreacted. "

"We're 100 percent confident he'll be completely exonerated and that charges should never be filed."

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