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Muggsy
09-28-2005, 04:06 AM
Just saw this by the Pioneer Press. Sorry if it's a repeat. Wonder what's going on here?

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Two Vikings arrested

Witnesses surprised McKinnie, Johnson jailed after early-morning dispute

BY LEE EGERSTROM and BETH SILVER

Pioneer Press

Vikings offensive linemen Bryant McKinnie and Marcus Johnson were arrested early Monday, charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process.

They each posted $50 bond and were released from the Hennepin County jail.

Minneapolis police said the players refused to leave Bobby and Steve's Auto World, a gas station and deli that is a popular gathering spot for the after-bar crowd near downtown.

Two witnesses said otherwise. A store employee and an off-duty security guard said they didn't see the players do anything to justify being hauled off to jail.

"There was an argument between McKinnie and another man, but it wasn't physical or anything like that," said Jared Scheeler, a Bobby and Steve's manager.

Police were called to a disturbance about 3 a.m. at the station, 1221 Washington Ave. S., said Minneapolis police spokesman Ron Reier.

That's when police say they saw McKinnie and Johnson involved in an argument with other men inside the station. When police attempted to clear the station, McKinnie and Johnson refused to leave, Reier said, and the two were arrested.

The two were taken to jail a short time later on the misdemeanor counts while other police officers arrived to get the rest of the crowd to leave the station, according to a police report.

The Vikings beat the New Orleans Saints 33-16 on Sunday afternoon for their first victory of the season.

Vikings coach Mike Tice called the situation odd and said he had heard the players were not involved in a fight.

"I don't know that there was anything done wrong. But let that play out before we judge too harshly," Tice said Monday during at a news conference at Winter Park, the team's practice facility in Eden Prairie.

"I wish they wouldn't be out until 3:05 in the morning, but they were at a restaurant, having breakfast. That much I do know."

McKinnie, a 6-foot-8, 335-pound offensive tackle, was the seventh pick in the 2002 NFL draft and has started every game at left tackle since joining the team.

Johnson, a 6-6, 320-pound offensive guard, was the team's second-round pick this year out of Mississippi. He was the first rookie offensive lineman to open the season in the starting lineup since Todd Steussie in 1994.

McKinnie ignored requests for comment Monday. Johnson declined to say anything.

Nathan Tow, an off-duty security officer who was at the station during the incident, said he was surprised by the players' arrest. Tow, of Burnsville, said McKinnie was part of a group of about 10 people who had gathered near a coffee counter.

Police told McKinnie to leave, but the player couldn't move because the store was too crowded, Tow said.

Tow said the incident began when a woman yelled at a group of men that included the football players. The woman hit a security guard over the head with a pizza box, Tow said. The unidentified woman was not arrested.

Scheeler was doing inventory when the disturbance broke out. He said Johnson tried to keep McKinnie calm during the argument but did not see Johnson do anything else.

McKinnie and Johnson are scheduled to make their initial court appearance at 8:30 a.m. Monday in Hennepin County District Court.

natethegreat
09-28-2005, 04:17 AM
okay good this sounds alot better than most of the other stories, at first i thought johnson and mckinnie got into a fight with each other, doesn't even sound like they did anything bad at all

PurplePackerEater
09-28-2005, 04:25 AM
Tow said the incident began when a woman yelled at a group of men that included the football players. The woman hit a security guard over the head with a pizza box, Tow said. The unidentified woman was not arrested.


LMAO!

What's wrong with people?

It's crazy that the ONLY one to hit anybody was a woman, and nothing happens her.

Mr. Purple
09-28-2005, 04:46 AM
Man thats so stupid they where arrested. Just becuase thier NFL players....I'll put money on that.

natethegreat
09-28-2005, 04:49 AM
normally they get out of stuff like this because they are famous but this time its the other way around

vikesfan353
09-28-2005, 04:54 AM
The cops must be packer fans!!!!!!!!WTF

donjen95
09-28-2005, 05:00 AM
who cares. just play football.

cc21
09-28-2005, 05:25 AM
So they got sent to jail for arguing with someone in a public place. That is pretty dumb.

audioghost
09-28-2005, 05:26 AM
Yeah, the whole thing was b/s! They shoulda never got arrested! I saw the video of it on www.wcco.com in the sports section.....I was like WOW, what a load of garbage!

cc21
09-28-2005, 05:30 AM
"audioghost" wrote:

Yeah, the whole thing was b/s! They shoulda never got arrested! I saw the video of it on www.wcco.com in the sports section.....I was like WOW, what a load of garbage!how do I find the video on there audio?

ultravikingfan
09-28-2005, 06:07 AM
Assault with a http://www.jakespizza.com/img/pizza_box.jpg is a felony....right?

Mikecarter81
09-28-2005, 06:28 AM
LOL

Hey man you ever seen chicks after a night on the town they are vicious!!!

Mike

Webby
09-28-2005, 07:00 AM
Video:

http://kstp.dayport.com/viewer/viewerpage.php?Art_ID=163084

gregair13
09-28-2005, 08:04 AM
http://kstp.dayport.com/viewer/viewerpage.php?Art_ID=163084&NoAds=true
here is a link to a news video of the action.

PhxFan
09-28-2005, 08:50 AM
That's weak :evil4:

mnvikes61
09-28-2005, 09:00 AM
god they got arrested for that. that is some weak stuff.

finnishvikingsfan
09-28-2005, 09:26 AM
It kinda sounds like they got in trouble like kevin garnett did way back in his day the biggest guys getting busted. On the video it looks like they were the biggest dudes there.

DeathtoDenny
09-28-2005, 10:53 AM
I used to go to that place all the time. Its always full of cops stuffing their faces. Don't go there.

RK.
09-28-2005, 11:24 AM
Thats pretty lame alright. I bet the charges are dropped.

gregair13
09-28-2005, 06:13 PM
the situation will be fine i think and it will not hurt their playing time. and yeah, powerful weak.

Paulbedy59
09-28-2005, 07:12 PM
Two thoughts.In this country with the money crunch.The justice system is turning into nothing more than a money making venture,Two,If a guy had done what that lady did,he would be sitting in jail on assault charges.B,S.

mnjamie
09-28-2005, 07:46 PM
Typical ... Would be nice to know if anyone else who "refused to leave" got hauled down to the station also? Probably not ...

spdolphs
09-28-2005, 07:51 PM
Look who else got busted there that night. I heard he was just stopping by for some beef jerky and a pepsi.

http://www.davidicke.com/icke/articles2004/pics4/bush-arrest.jpg

enlvikeman
09-29-2005, 07:00 AM
If this were to regular Joe Schmoes none of you people would be saying it's bs they got arrested. Know the ENTIRE story before making comments on whether or not someone broke a law or not. Do cops do everything right? Hell no...but I've never seen anyone get arrested because of who they are. For every one person I've taken away...I've let 10 go.

Concluding I'll let you guys in on a little secret. Placing handcuffs on well known people is the last thing most cops want to do these days. It opens yourself up to lawsuits, public ridicule, and you know that person is gonna have a powerhouse attorney. That attorney will most certainly try to make you (the arresting officer) look stupid on the stand for doing your job. Have any of you considered that maybe Mr. Mckinnie and Johnson thought they were above the law because they play a sport? I think that situation is more rampant then police officers arresting people because they are nfl players. Give me a break.

enlvikeman
09-29-2005, 07:02 AM
"Paulbedy59" wrote:

Two thoughts.In this country with the money crunch.The justice system is turning into nothing more than a money making venture,Two,If a guy had done what that lady did,he would be sitting in jail on assault charges.B,S.


Please explain...thanks

Officer friendly

umaguma1979
09-29-2005, 07:03 AM
Somewhere Tommy Kramer is smiling..........and maybe Keith Millard......probably at some bar.

enlvikeman
09-29-2005, 07:04 AM
"DeathtoDenny" wrote:

I used to go to that place all the time. Its always full of cops stuffing their faces. Don't go there.

Funny how agitated we get with cops when someone is arrested we like huh?

enlvikeman
09-29-2005, 07:06 AM
"mnvikes61" wrote:

god they got arrested for that. that is some weak stuff.

yeah some guy in Arizona got arrested for disorderly conduct 2 nights ago. I only saw what happened in the store and there was no audio but man that is some weak stuff.

Vikes
09-29-2005, 07:16 AM
Welcome to the PR machine.

Paulbedy59
09-29-2005, 01:35 PM
Lets start with the seat belt law..