December 15, 2005

Vikings in the Dock

And I'm guessing they're not nearly as happy as they were last time they were on a dock...

Four members of the Minnesota Vikings were indicted today on charges that include indecent conduct, disorderly conduct and lewd or lascivious conduct, in connection with the team's infamous "sex cruise" on Lake Minnetonka on October 6. The four players named were quarterback Daunte Culpepper, running back Moe Williams, tackle Bryant McKinnie and cornerback Fred Smoot.

The news hits especially hard because after several weeks of good news due to the team's winning streak and improved play, the indictments bring the sex cruise story back onto the front page again- and it's also bad news that the previously respectable Culpepper was named in the indictment.

But on the bright side, none of the four players named are playing a key role in the Vikings' current run, and on a more personal note, I'm writing a SportsByBrooks bit this weekend, so the indictment should give me some good material.

The charges were brought by Steve Tallen, who is the chief prosecutor for something called the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District- governing the large lake and the numerous multi-million dollar homes that surround it. Since he likely signed up for the job expecting to prosecute such crimes as fishing without a license, I hope Tallen isn't out of his depth in taking on a quartet of rich, horny athletes.

Indeed, the LMDC's home page currently has as its most prominent link the announcement of an upcoming meeting of the Lake Minnetonka Boat Density Committee.

Then again, I suppose the summer camp I went to as a kid, Camp Teko, must have fallen under Tallen's jurisdiction as well. Some kids once showed up stoned to a high school retreat there, but charges were never filed, as far as I know.

Posted by Stephen Silver at December 15, 2005 02:58 PM

But on the bright side, none of the four players named are playing a key role in the Vikings' current run>

What are you talking about? McKinnie is the only offensive lineman to start in the same spot every game this year and one of our best players.
McKinnie is CRITICAL to the Vikings success.

Posted by: Kage at December 15, 2005 04:10 PM

I don't remember the stoned kids at teko, but I do remember seeing a blind man trip over a basket of lunches while running across "the bowl"

good times...good times...

Posted by: Jeff S at December 15, 2005 06:17 PM

Oh boy, Culpepper got a lap dance. Cripes, this prosecutor is nothing but a headline grabber.

Ray Lewis aids in killing a guy and goes to the pro bowl, culpepper grabs some silicone and he is criminal.

What a non-story.

Posted by: J. Lichty at December 16, 2005 01:33 PM
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