Cincinnati Bengal Jerome Simpson arrived at the Kenton County Jail just before 6 p.m. to begin serving the sentence a judge imposed earlier Thursday afternoon.
Simpson was sentenced to 15 days in jail as well community service in a Kenton County courtroom.
He was convicted after pleading guilty to felony drug possession of drug possession charges about a month ago. The charges came after drug police in California got wind of a shipment of marijuana from California to Northern Kentucky and traced it to Simpson's home in Crestview Hills last September. Police found the drugs it after Simpson consented to a search. Another Bengal who was staying in his home was not involved in the case.
Dressed in a suit, Simpson was contrite as a couple of relatives looked on.
When asked if he wanted to speak, Simpson said "I want to apologize to my family, the community, to the youth that look up to me, the Bengals organization, the Commonwealth, and my teammates. I take full responsibility for my actions. I made a poor decision."