By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
West High graduate A.J. Jefferson, a cornerback with the Minnesota Vikings, was released by the team Monday about four hours after Jefferson was arrested on a domestic assault charge, the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press reported on its website.
According to the Press, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier declined to provide details about Jefferson's situation.
The Press reported that at about 4:30 a.m. Monday, a 23-year-old woman, according to a statement by the Eden Prairie Police Department, reported she was the victim of domestic assault. The statement added that Jefferson, 25, was soon arrested at his Eden Prairie residence and was being held at the Hennepin County Jail.
"You probably heard the news regarding A.J. Jefferson," Frazier said. "He was released this (Monday) morning. I can't really comment on his release or what happens from this point on regarding him."
Frazier told the Press it was a "mutual" decision between Frazier and general manager Rick Spielman to cut Jefferson, who was in his second season with Minnesota and fourth in the NFL.
Jefferson signed with the Arizona Cardinals in 2010 as an undrafted free agent following his collegiate career at Fresno State.
He left Sunday's game against Green Bay with a neck injury after playing only one snap on defense and three on special teams. He was slowed by an ankle injury this season.
Jefferson is the second Vikings' player to be arrested this month. Wide receiver Jerome Simpson was arrested on a drunken driving charge on Nov. 9. Simpson remains on the team.