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    Vikings get ultimatum

    Posted on Sun, Dec. 18, 2005

    [size=18px]Vikings get ultimatum[/size]

    BY CHARLEY WALTERS
    Pioneer Press
    SUNDAY SUPER SHOOTER CHARLEY WALTERS


    Sen. Richard Cohen, DFL-St. Paul, chairman of the Minnesota Senate Finance Committee, has been a Vikings season-ticket holder for more than 25 years. He will be at the Vikings-Steelers game today at the Metrodome.
    But he wants action off the field.

    "I will not hear any stadium bill involving the Vikings until appropriate disciplinary action has been taken against the four players publicly identified with the Lake Minnetonka boat incident," Cohen said.

    The Hennepin County Sheriff's Department on Thursday charged Vikings Daunte Culpepper, Bryant McKinnie, Fred Smoot and Moe Williams with misdemeanors for indecent, disorderly, and lewd or lascivious conduct at the infamous Lake Minnetonka boat party in October.

    Team owner Zygi Wilf has been seeking public approval for a new stadium in Blaine.

    "I don't know if appropriate discipline," Cohen said, "is suspension, release, and, relative to (today's game), whether the two players (McKinnie and Smoot) currently on the (active) roster should be placed in inactive status for the game against Pittsburgh.

    "But this has been a national embarrassment to the state of Minnesota. And before the representatives of the Vikings show up before my committee, I expect some action."

    Full story: http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/columnists/13436218.htm
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    Now I don't get upset very easily, but when the Senator even suggested that players be put on the inactive list before they had their day in court, I was compelled to reply to the paper.

    Keep in mind my talent of literary skills & my way with words to express my thoughts aren't as great as I would like them to be.

    Somebody needs to inform Senator Cohen that people are innocent until proven guilty.

    To suspend or release players or make them inactive before they even have their 1st court appearance or are proven guilty in a court of law, goes against the very grain of what America is all about.

    These players have only been accused & charged so far & 3 of them
    already plan on fighting these charges.

    Sen. Cohens idealism of "shoot first & ask questions later", "guilty
    until proven innocent" is simply unjust & unbecoming of a person who
    should be in office passing law.

    I certainly hope the good people of Minnesota realize that next time
    the elections roll around

    Anyone with basic knowledge of the law understands that people are
    innocent until proven guilty.

    Mr. Wilf has already stated that action will be taken after & only after
    the courts have had their say & they have faced a jury of their peers.

    I have no doubt Mr. Wilf will take the appropriate action & that time &
    not before.

    As far as the stadium issue is concerned, the state needs to look at
    the long term effect of the additional revenue a new stadium will bring
    in, what revenue having the Vikings in Minnesota brings in now & compare
    that too not having that revenue at all if there was no Vikings team.

    A new stadium will still be here long after any guilty players are gone
    & the memory of the boat incident has faded.

    If the Senator feels that strongly about the boat issue & the Vikings
    team this year, he can send me the remainder of his season tickets.

    That way he is sending a personal message to the Vikings organization that he will not support the team until action is taken & not speaking for the people of Minnesota who may not share his own personal views.
    I received this reply from the paper last night & will wait & see if the Senator responds;

    i'll pass on your note

    "If at first you don't succeed, parachuting is not for you"

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    Re: Vikings get ultimatum

    haha i dont mind the boat. it seemed to help us more than hurt us

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    go singer! you are 100% correct.
    "you dream of beating me, its time you wake up and apologize."

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    hell yeah singer good stuff. way to stand up to the man!

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    I truly believe Wilf will take care of everything. And if that means punishing these idiots, so be it. I'll bet Cohen (or, however you spell his name) would be singing a different tune if this happened to any of his cronies.

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    I am from NC, and I visit Minnesota every year JUST to see the Vikes play. I was there for the Oct. Packers game, which was AFTER the boat thing. This guy is trippin' if he thinks this one stain has ruined the Vikings appeal to their fans. I hope Zygi laughs it off and builds the stadium himself and revokes this guys season tickets.
    Del Rio: "Football will go on, better players have left the Vikings, and better players will leave in the future.....the game rolls on."

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    Grandstanding by the senator, gets his name in the paper and he gets to look tough to his supporters. Wonder how many lap dances our senator has had over his life?
    What we've got here is failure to communicate.

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    Mr Cohen, you sir can kiss my :booty: Where were you when the MN govt shut down? You putzzzzz. If your name has incumbent behind it next election you will not get my vote! And that goes for all polliticians.
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    Atta boy, Singer. I hope the paper prints that letter. Hopefully more people will realize that grandstanding politicians who twist events to get votes are full of hot air.

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    Amen singer! My thoughts exactly.

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