Can our sports stars stay out of trouble?

The Star Tribune and Pioneer Press are both reporting that Vikings receiver Koren Robinson is presently in jail. He was pulled over in North Mankato last night and it appears he will be charged with driving under the influence. There’s also reports that he led police on a chase for several miles.

Robinson has a history of issues with alcohol. He was kicked off of the Seattle Seahawks for too many issues with it. Since coming to Minnesota, the standard line is that he was reformed and doing well. I guess he’s not anymore.

I’m beginning to think it’s not possible for the Vikings to get through a season without some sort of controversy. It’s been an interesting few years between the boat scandal, the original whizzinator incident with Onterrio Smith, and now this. The Timberwolves aren’t immune either, with the Eddie Griffin crash.

If these guys could just stay out of the headlines like this and play ball, all fans in Minnesota would be better off.

5 Comments so far

  1. Andy Benoit (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 10:43 am

    I blogged about Koren Robinson this morning ( and was hard on the guy. What’s a shame is that players like him give the entire league a bad image.
    One Viking got arrested last night; 82 of them didn’t. For every NFL criminal, there are about 50 guys who volunteer. If I were Robinson’s teammate, I would be furious with him for compromising my image.

  2. Joe (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 1:11 pm

    So, they caught another Viking doing something illegal…surprise, surprise. These yahoo’s might actually obey the laws if our judicial system held them accountable for their actions…

    If you or I were caught doing 100+ in a 55 MPH zone, while drunk and resisting arrest. I think we would be beaten by the cops and locked up for a long time.

  3. Justin (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 2:22 pm

    In no way am I defending the rich, lame guys who do these things, but I can see how their lifestyles lead them to do dumb things like this.

    Think about a time where you had no responsibilities. Did do anything dumb? What if your life was flooded with money, you only had to work half the year, and when you did work, you had tremendous presure to do amazing things. To add to that, you had a childhood that was filled with having to be the best in your sport.

    I can see why they do things like this. But they’re absolutely inexcusable.

  4. Erica (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 11:56 pm

    I think it’s bullshit and it pisses me off that they ultimately get away with this stuff at a far greater rate than the average offender does.

    It also pisses me off that we pay them so much attention.

  5. Erica (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2006 @ 10:18 pm

    And then the City Pages says it with pictures.

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