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    Zygi Lays the Law DOWN !!!!!

    Updated: Nov. 19, 2005, 9:25 PM ET
    Vikings unveil 77-page player code of conduct
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    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings unveiled their new code of conduct and employee handbook to the entire organization during mandatory meetings on Saturday.

    The 77-page binders were presented and distributed during two separate gatherings -- one for staff and one for the players. Work began on the guidelines the day after Zygi Wilf's purchase of the team closed in June, according to Kevin Warren, the team's vice president of operations and legal counsel.

    The document was not produced in response to any specific off-the-field embarrassments, of which the Vikings have had many over the years -- especially lately.

    In early October, allegations of sexual misconduct involving several players on a boat party were brought forth by crew members on the charter cruise. An investigation has continued since then without any charges being filed.

    The code is a definition of the character the Wilf family strives to instill in the organization, Warren said.

    In a letter to players, coaches and staff, Zygi Wilf and his brother, team president Mark Wilf, described the document as the "written expression of the class, dignity and integrity that we strive to maintain in our business dealings, and the class, dignity and integrity we expect from our players, coaches and staff."

    Still, it very clearly warns against extracurricular misbehavior.

    "If you go out and do something that you would not want to do in front of your spouses or your parents or your kids and it becomes public," Warren said, "there is going to be some ramification."

    The Vikings vetted the code with a local law firm and the league to make sure it was in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement with the players' union. Wilf's group approved it during a meeting last week in New York.

    According to the code, violations "may result in discipline up to and including fines, suspension and/or termination of employment."

    But it's not meant to be threatening, Warren said.

    "I think what the employees here are starting to understand is that the ownership group are special people and that they really are trying to do this the right way," Warren said. "This is not a punitive document. This is not written to say, 'We're hiding back in the corner. We're going to look to see who does what.' This is to say, 'Look, guys, for us to be able to hold you to a certain standard, we have to tell you what our expectations are. Here are our expectations.' "

    The personal behavior guidelines are highly specific, including a section on smoking. The Vikings vow to pay 50 percent of the cost of a hospital-sponsored program designed to help people quit, should an employee wish to pursue that.

    There was a handbook when Red McCombs owned the team, but it hadn't been updated in some time. The exhaustive revision was a collaborative effort.

    The players, according to Warren, were receptive.

    "Basically everything was, 'Be smart,"' said veteran receiver Marcus Robinson. "Just be smart about everything you do, on and off the field."


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    Re: Zygi Lays the Law DOWN !!!!!

    Thank god, one of the most undisciplined organizations in the NFL

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    Re: Zygi Lays the Law DOWN !!!!!

    Zygi is trying his best to get this organization on the right foot.. Thanks Zygi im glad to have ya on board!

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    Re: Zygi Lays the Law DOWN !!!!!

    Props to Zygi!

    This will help us in the long run!

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    Re: Zygi Lays the Law DOWN !!!!!

    Its nice to have an owner that really cares about the team and its traditions and character.

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    Re: Zygi Lays the Law DOWN !!!!!

    maybe this will clean up a lot of our off field problems
    our only sure-handed receiver

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    Re: Zygi Lays the Law DOWN !!!!!

    maybe this will clean up some of our many off field problems
    our only sure-handed receiver

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    We must have quite a few problems if it you need to double your posts. :lol:
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    Re: Zygi Lays the Law DOWN !!!!!

    Thats a hefty rule book :shock:

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    I think it's great,

    Wilf seems to be the real deal,

    This should help to remind and support those players who need to be reminded at times, who they are, and what they stand for..

    I truly feel, this team is heading in the right direction, both on and off the field.

    Hopefully, this will just be another stepping stone to that Grand Championship we have been praying for all these years..

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