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  | Category:  Vikings
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Seeing is believing! If the Vikes really mean business, they'll can that jerk! Of course, the Raiders will always have a spot for him.

Posted by: Bob Hamilton | August 17, 2006 1:32 PM

Did Childress really need to make a "ship" analogy. Might as well go on to say they're also gonna plug all the holes on defense.

Posted by: Ttlsccr | August 17, 2006 1:46 PM

Why is it the media always finds someone else guilty or adversely impacted when an individual does something stupid? the boat incident was boys being boys. It just happened to offend some people there, and smoot and friends were stupid to not have it more restricted. (sounded like a batchelor party or two i had been too. just with a room full of millionares, so the things compound accordingly.) This Robinson guy has had issues that apparently HE has not owned up too. The vikings appear to realize he is not capable of it on his own. so send him to get some help and help themselves by moving on as well.

Posted by: oknow | August 17, 2006 3:01 PM

I feel for Robinson. Being an alcoholic is hard enough on a person and their family, but having to endure the spot light and the judgement of the public is an enormous strain on a person inflicted with this disease. I hope he finds the strength to stay sober, and eventually finds happiness.

Posted by: Tyler Durden | August 17, 2006 3:34 PM

OKNOW,

Didn't the boat incident also include allegations of drug use and sexual assault?

What kind of bachelor parties do you go to?

Posted by: Matt | August 17, 2006 3:47 PM

A few of the above comments are kind of harsh. Koren Robinson is admittedly a recovering alcoholic. He has spoken very publicly about this. One of the articles about this yesterday noted how difficult it is for players to continue in recovery (such as AA meetings, etc) while in training camp. Is it an excuse for driving drunk? No. But this is apples to the sex boat's oranges.

Posted by: Yikes | August 17, 2006 4:07 PM

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