North Carolina has suspended defensive back Malik Simmons for the first two games of the 2015 season. Simmons was arrested for marijuana possession and resisting arrest and he had those charges deferred earlier this week. He agreed to perform 24 hours of community service on Thursday.
“Malik’s actions did not meet the standards of the Carolina football program and he will serve a significant penalty as a result,” coach Larry Fedora said in a release. “I’m confident he will learn from it and we can put these issues in the past.”
Simmons was a small contributor to the defense last season, starting five games and finishing the season with 34 tackles. He’ll miss games against South Carolina and North Carolina A&T.