Witnesses are surprised that McKinnie, Johnson jailed
Just saw this by the Pioneer Press. Sorry if it's a repeat. Wonder what's going on here?
Two Vikings arrested
Witnesses surprised McKinnie, Johnson jailed after early-morning dispute
BY LEE EGERSTROM and BETH SILVER
Vikings offensive linemen Bryant McKinnie and Marcus Johnson were arrested early Monday, charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process.
They each posted $50 bond and were released from the Hennepin County jail.
Minneapolis police said the players refused to leave Bobby and Steve's Auto World, a gas station and deli that is a popular gathering spot for the after-bar crowd near downtown.
Two witnesses said otherwise. A store employee and an off-duty security guard said they didn't see the players do anything to justify being hauled off to jail.
"There was an argument between McKinnie and another man, but it wasn't physical or anything like that," said Jared Scheeler, a Bobby and Steve's manager.
Police were called to a disturbance about 3 a.m. at the station, 1221 Washington Ave. S., said Minneapolis police spokesman Ron Reier.
That's when police say they saw McKinnie and Johnson involved in an argument with other men inside the station. When police attempted to clear the station, McKinnie and Johnson refused to leave, Reier said, and the two were arrested.
The two were taken to jail a short time later on the misdemeanor counts while other police officers arrived to get the rest of the crowd to leave the station, according to a police report.
The Vikings beat the New Orleans Saints 33-16 on Sunday afternoon for their first victory of the season.
Vikings coach Mike Tice called the situation odd and said he had heard the players were not involved in a fight.
"I don't know that there was anything done wrong. But let that play out before we judge too harshly," Tice said Monday during at a news conference at Winter Park, the team's practice facility in Eden Prairie.
"I wish they wouldn't be out until 3:05 in the morning, but they were at a restaurant, having breakfast. That much I do know."
McKinnie, a 6-foot-8, 335-pound offensive tackle, was the seventh pick in the 2002 NFL draft and has started every game at left tackle since joining the team.
Johnson, a 6-6, 320-pound offensive guard, was the team's second-round pick this year out of Mississippi. He was the first rookie offensive lineman to open the season in the starting lineup since Todd Steussie in 1994.
McKinnie ignored requests for comment Monday. Johnson declined to say anything.
Nathan Tow, an off-duty security officer who was at the station during the incident, said he was surprised by the players' arrest. Tow, of Burnsville, said McKinnie was part of a group of about 10 people who had gathered near a coffee counter.
Police told McKinnie to leave, but the player couldn't move because the store was too crowded, Tow said.
Tow said the incident began when a woman yelled at a group of men that included the football players. The woman hit a security guard over the head with a pizza box, Tow said. The unidentified woman was not arrested.
Scheeler was doing inventory when the disturbance broke out. He said Johnson tried to keep McKinnie calm during the argument but did not see Johnson do anything else.
McKinnie and Johnson are scheduled to make their initial court appearance at 8:30 a.m. Monday in Hennepin County District Court.
"From the fury of the Northmen, O Lord, save us!"
-- From a monestary in Ireland.