So basically unless the guy gets caught then it's no big deal according to you. Okay!
Now as to what he does on the field. The fact is he is over-rated. Whether you want to agree or not he is. He has the capabilities of being dominate. The fact that he is inconsistent on every facet whether it be run or pass blocking shows his lack of work ethic. He does decent run blocking but his pass blocking quite frankly stinks at times especially against quicker DEs.
Off the field - what he did this week you may not care about. However, yes it does bring a negative outlook on the organization. No, it doesn't have an affect of whether or not the Vikings win games. However it is still viewed to many people as a negative. Does it matter in the grand scheme of things? Maybe. Because I will bet you Ztgi, Childress and the FO will be meeting about this. Let's go back to other off the field issues that were previsouly brought up. The Love Boat incident. Yes it affected the team negatively for a while. How about being suspended 4 games for misconduct? How about having a metal pole with the intention to physically hit somebody with it? Yeah he is real clean cut. The guy is an ass. He has been ever since he came in the league. I really thought he turned the corner last year but he regressed right back this year. He did not have a good year at all. Maybe a couple of decent games and that is about it. That stems from his work ethics (or lack there of) and that was clearly shown this past week. His priorities are clearly not football which he is being paid to do. His JOB this week was to attend practices and team meetings. He failed to do that. Someone in my company does that they get terminated as would most companies.
Part of being a professional athelete is good work ethic just as it is in most professions. The fact this guy gets paid a lot fo money to do what he does givess him the obligation to make it his priority to be the best he can be. He doesn't do that.
Gets caught doing what? There's been no indication from what I've seen that anything he was doing was illegal, he's not proceeding "at risk" which I would have issues with. He's enjoying himself in perfectly legal ways if his free time.
Again, you speak of his "capabilities"... what capabilities? He's big... he's slow... what makes you believe he can get better? Maybe he's at his peak? What comparison or metric are you using to believe he's underachieving anything due to work ethic?
He has had problems in the past, he was punished for them, lets move on. As I said, he kept his nose clean this season and this does nothing to change that. As for this being his "job"... no, this was volunteer work... sure, he would have been compensated for completing it, but that doesn't make it a job... whether he wanted to show up or not was voluntary as evident by how many "opted" out. He definitely could have handled it better but I'm sure there are many situations in all of our lives we could have handled better.
Being a professional athlete means you are paid to play, nothing more... just look at the likes of Babe Ruth. Times may have changed but the fact is, if you're good enough, your work ethic doesn't mean squat because you're compensated for performance, not effort. Surely you don't believe the Vikings should fill the roster with a bunch of guys just because they "try hard", do you?
Brett Favre and Percy Harvin were watching American Idol while they were supposed to be "studying" for the NFCC... where was the outcry from that? Hell, that happened when football still meant something to the Vikings!