Childress: 'Somewhere we will reel it in'

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- I'm ready to close the book on the latest X-Files chapter if you are. More important, I think Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress is approaching that point as well.

Childress said Wednesday that he witnessed tight end Visanthe Shiancoe arranging a photograph of Osama bin Laden during target practice Tuesday with members of the Minnesota National Guard. Bin Laden had the No. 42 written on his chest and was depicted saying, "I'm Darren Sharper" in the photo Shiancoe posted on Twitter. Childress, Shiancoe and a numbers of other players spent Tuesday afternoon visiting with the troops and participating in some of their training exercises.

(Childress said he rappelled down a cliff, but we'll save that for another post on another day.)

Speaking after the Vikings' organized team activity, Childress said it "didn't take too long to dot the 'I's' and cross the 'Ts'" and realize Shiancoe would probably post the picture publicly. He said he made a "self-deprecating" comment to Shiancoe afterwards and said "somewhere we will reel in" the two-week Twitter exchange that led up to the photograph. Shiancoe didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, along with about a dozen other veteran players.

Some of you have asked if the NFL might step in and either condemn or punish Sharper and Shiancoe for their exchange, which has also included joking suggestions of deliberate injury and six-figure bets. I would be really surprised if either happened. To the extent that this needs to be handled, it will fall to the teams.

At some point, probably soon, Childress will ask Shiancoe to back off. The same could happen with Sharper in New Orleans. Then, there will be nothing but the memories ... and blog archives.