Thursday, December 15, 2005

Boat Charges

The good news? Mewelde Moore isn't going to be in his wife's doghouse. The bad? Daunte, Moe Williams, Bryant McKinnie and Fred Smoot got charged with misdemeanors that alleged lewd or indecent behavior.

The Vikings didn't really need this right now, since they can't afford to be distracted when they are facing the Steelers (otherwise known as a real team). But you reap what you sow, and now the boat party has reared its ugly head again. From the Star Tribune's description (which is really graphic--thank you, Monicagate) it sounds like the only Vikings they could identify were these four. I think that part of it is who these guys are. Daunte and Mount McKinnie tend to stand out in crowds, whereas most people don't have a clue what the other players look like.

That being said, I don't think this is much more then a frat party getting out of hand on somebody else's boat. A.K.A., it was more stupid then it was wrong. Obviously, this is not proper conduct for anyone, but I can't find it within myself to summon any moral outrage--it's not like they killed anyone. If they'd had it at somebody's house, or a strip club, instead of renting out boats, they probably would have gotten away with it, just like pretty much every frat or college sports team in the country. And I think that the sooner it gets resolved the better, because it looks bad for the Vikings, it looks bad for the players (deservedly, I think, but that's for a court of law to decide) and it's a boring story. This just isn't front page news, but the media is too busy trying to out moral high ground their competitors (or making really, really bad jokes) to notice that most fans don't really want to hear about it anymore.

The only good thing that could come from this story hanging around is if Zygi decides to clean house to get rid of it. That, however, is only going to happen if the Vikings miss the playoffs. Football Gods help us all if we actually make them.

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