A ruling has been handed down in the case of Jeffery Simmons.
The 5-star Mississippi State freshman entered a no contest plea to the charge of simple assault and was fined $175, while being ordered to pay $711 in restitution, according to The Starkville Daily’s Joel Coleman.
The court found him guilty of malicious mischief, fined him $300 and ordered Simmons to pay $125 in restitution. The court dismissed the disorderly conduct charge and found the complainant, Sophia Taylor, guilty of disturbing the piece and she was fined $225, per Coleman.
Filmed striking a women several times in March, Simmons has been the focal point of much offseason discussion after the university determined that he would be allowed to enroll at Mississippi State and only be suspended for the Bulldogs’ opening matchup against South Alabama.
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen took much criticism for the way he and the university handled the situation following the head coach’s appearance at July’s SEC Media Days where he publicly discussed the topic for the first time.
He said he was not “involved that much” in the decision-making process, and also took some heat for the team’s decision to grant Simmons the No. 36, which belonged to former Bulldogs defensive lineman Nick Bell. Bell started four games for Mississippi State in 2010 before undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his brain, and passed away in November of that year.
However, Mullen backtracked and said the uniform numbers have not been “finalized” yet.
Simmons was a 5-star recruit out of Noxubee County High School (Macon, Miss.), and was rated as the nation’s No. 3 strong-side defensive end and the country’s No. 19 overall player. He chose the Bulldogs on National Signing Day over the likes of Alabama, Ole Miss and Tennessee.
He was Mississippi State’s first 5-star recruit since defensive lineman Chris Jones in 2013.