Charges deferred against former Vanderbilt football player

Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 8:28pm

Former Vanderbilt safety Andre Simmons is back at home in Virginia after a Nashville judge deferred a felony theft charge against him, according to attorney Ed Yarbrough.

Simmons was originally charged with burglary and armed robbery in November after police said he and 19-year-old Danny Diaz Jr. broke into a dorm room and stole approximately $5,000 from another student at gunpoint.

Simmons had the burglary charge dropped and the armed robbery charge was lowered to theft over $1,000. Simmons will be on “judicial diversion,” a form of probation, for three years, according to Yarbrough. If he stays out of trouble and stays in school, he can have his record expunged.

Diaz also accepted the same deal.

Yarbrough said Simmons would attempt to enroll at another college and play football next fall.

1 Comment on this post:

By: tomba1 on 3/16/12 at 2:44

AHHH YES !!

Charges of player tampering, diversion, possible probation, etc. Now, Vandy is finally arriving in the SEC conversation. Go Dores!! You may have a future in the conference after all !!!

And to Mr. Simmons might I suggest UT or Auburn as your next institution of "higher learning". At least you'll be eligible for their in-house quantity discount on attorney fees

And the report says "Simmons will be on “judicial diversion,” a form of probation, for three years, according to Yarbrough. If he stays out of trouble and stays in school, he can have his record expunged."

And if he shoots somebody during another premeditated armed robbery anywhere , as this one apparently was, how much blood would be on the hands of the attorney and past elective candidate Yarbrough and the unnamed judge?? They would use "legal wiggle" to remove themselves from the discussion but they would be as guilty as those who planned the act and pulled the trigger.

It's simply a disgusting situation.