Robinson's Arrest Is Another Embarrassment for Vikings
The arrest of wide receiver Koren Robinson on Tuesday night on drunk-driving and felony fleeing from police charges was another embarrassment for the Minnesota Vikings as the franchise attempts to restore its tarnished image in the aftermath of last fall's infamous boat cruise that produced allegations of lewd behavior by several players.
When the club hired Brad Childress as its new coach early in the offseason, the former Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator talked about his boyhood in Chicago and wanting to restore Midwest values as well as a bruising style of football within the organization. Childress said then that his obligation to Vikings owner Zygi Wilf was not only to win, but to win while doing things the right way.
Childress didn't hide his dismay Wednesday when he spoke of Robinson's arrest during a news conference.
"I couldn't be more disappointed for him, for this football team and for this community than to have that happen," Childress said. "One of the reasons that I'm here in this job and one of the mandates from the Wilf family is that they want this ship run right."
Robinson, while with the Seattle Seahawks, served a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy and will be subject to discipline by the league once his legal case is resolved. Childress signed off on Robinson's new contract with the Vikings in the offseason after being convinced that the former first-round draft choice's past problems with alcohol were behind him.
"When you have 24 hours off, it's hard to wander around with them," Childress said of monitoring his players' off-field activities. "They understand that. But, you know, somebody is going to step over a line. Somebody is not going to be responsible, and I have no tolerance for that. These guys understand that in no uncertain terms."
By Mark Maske |
August 17, 2006; 1:14 PM ET
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