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Anthony Collins Releases Statement, Confident He Will Be Cleared of All Wrongdoing

By Editorial Staff

More information is being revealed on this week’s drug bust at the home of Jerome Simpson. Both Anthony Collins and Jerome Simpson were in the house at the time, and were detained by police. Collins released a statement through his attorney today, claiming that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"STATEMENT OF ANTHONY COLLINSThis past Tuesday morning I stopped by the house of my teammate, Jerome Simpson, on my way to the stadium. While I was at his home, several law enforcement officers unexpectedly entered the house. I had no idea what it was about and after identifying myself and speaking to the officers, they let me go on my way.Unfortunately I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. However, I do want to take this opportunity to let my fans, friends and family know that I had no part in the reported activities at Jerome’s home. I have done nothing wrong and I have not been charged with doing anything wrong. So far as I know, I am no longer a part of any investigation.In due time, I am confident that authorities will clear my name and announce I am not a person of interest and my name will be completely cleared from Tuesday’s incident. In the meantime, my focus will continue to be on playing football and helping my teammates, coaches and the rest of the Cincinnati Bengals organization have a successful 2011 season."

In Marvin Lewis’ Thursday press conference, Lewis expressed concern that Collins’ name was “put in for no reason”. He also said “The only thing I know is that Anthony Collins wasn’t involved in anything at all”.

Jerome Simpson’s involvement, as well as the consequences, have yet to be revealed. Simpson has missed Thursday’s and Friday’s practices, and it’s highly unlikely that he plays on Sunday. Andre Caldwell has been lining up with the first team in practice in Simpson’s place.