This is another one of those "the media frustrates me" posts, just to warn you.
In today's MMQB column, there was a little blurb that caught my attention. I'll get to that last. First, let me give you a bit of background
Peter King, on 7/26/2006 (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/peter_king/07/24/mmqb/2.html)
Nothing controversial there, just establishing that King doesn't have a high opinion of Koren Robinson.
I think what worries me the most about the Minnesota Vikings is hearing that head coach Brad Childress thinks Koren Robinson will be a fine No. 1 receiver. Sheesh. I know he has to say all the right things about his team, but that hardly gets the folks in Duluth and Fargo and Pierre all fired up about the season up there in the north country.
Peter King, on 8/21/2006
I highlighted a few points on this one that seem to indicate that King's opinion of Robinson hasn't changed, and that opinion is also starting to encompass the Vikings as a whole.
I think the Vikings had as bad a preseason week as you could have, losing two of their 10 most important players. Rookie Chad Greenway went down on a kicking-team play last Monday and is out for the year with a knee injury; he was going to be vital to a defense desperate for a playmaking linebacker. And Koren Robinson will almost certainly be suspended for the year after his DWI and high-speed car chase with the cops near the Vikings' training camp in Mankato, Minn. But I reserve my harshest comment for the Vikings. Whoever decided to pay Robinson any significant guaranteed money (in this case $1 million) and make him the team's No. 1 receiver -- owner Zygi Wilf, GM Rob Brzezinski, coach Brad Childress -- ought to have his head examined in the first place.
Next to the word unreliability in my Webster's is a mug shot of Robinson, who broke Mike Holmgren's all-time record for player mischief-making. Robinson is the type of player you invite to training camp and give a contract with a very low base salary, a tiny bonus (if you give him one at all) and a huge backside to the contract. If he won't take that, fine; let him infect some other team. Wilf has a lot to learn as an owner. The first thing is this: When you say over and over that you're going to run a tight ship and have a team the community can be proud of, mean it. If you import turds like Robinson -- and that is a bit harsh, really, because I've met the guy a couple of times and he seems like a decent fellow, but obviously one plagued by an addiction problem and a truth-telling problem -- and hand him a check for $1 million, you do not mean what you say about not employing the troublemakers. A leopard might change his spots, but it's ridiculous, with so little exposure to the guy, to reward said leopard so handsomely before he proves to you for a long time that he has.
Peter King, on 8/28/2006 (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/peter_king/08/28/mmqb.camps/3.html)
Okay, that opinion no longer is about the Vikings, just Koren.
I think the Vikings, obviously, did the right thing in jettisoning knucklehead Koren Robinson, who did one heck of a con job on them to get a new contract and convince coach Brad Childress he should be the team's No. 1 receiver this offseason. He had to go.
-The Vikings brought in Koren on a 1 year deal, with little-to-no (I don't remember exactly) signing bonus. After he had played at a pro-bowl level for a full season, and stayed clean for a full season, the Vikings decide to reward him with a larger contract, albeit one that protects them should he relapse.
-King makes it clear that he doesn't like Koren as a #1 WR.
-After Koren gets arrested, King calls him:
[li]a team infection[/li]
[li]a con man[/li]
Peter King, on 9/18/2006 (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/peter_king/09/18/mmqb.9.18/3.html)
Why is there such an uproar about the Packers signing Koren Robinson? If you're going to be morally outraged [like Mr. King used to be until he signed with the Packers?], well, OK, I guess I can buy that. But there's such a small risk, and I'm sure the Packers said to him [complete conjecture]: One strike and you're out.
Yes, he's a shady character. Yes, you can't count on him for the long run. And yes, he may end up in jail or on NFL suspension after an October court proceeding determines if he's in violation of a prior probation. [just wait, there has to be a 'but' on the way...]
But [There it is!] the Packers gave him no signing bonus, just a two-year contract for the veteran minimum each year for a player of his experience -- $585,000. That means, simply, that Robinson has a week-to-week contract, and the Packers will pay him $34,411.78 every week he's on their roster. Once they cut him, they owe him nothing.
For a guy who was going to be Minnesota's No. 1 receiver [Silly me, I thought you didn't like Koren as a #1, but I guess now that you can use that as justification, it's okay.], that's a very cheap price for someone who might be able to help. This ain't Boys Town.
Okay, so I added a few thoughts in that quote. Maybe it's just me, but that sure seems like a pretty complete change of position on the guy, just because he signed with the Packers. I'm fine with moral outrage, even when it's directed at my team. In this case, it was deserved. However, to establish a consistent opinion and moral high-ground, only to come down off your high-horse when that player signs with another team is reprehensible to me, and indicates a bias that is unprofessional in this context. Mr. King should be ashamed.