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Vikings' Taylor calls arrest 'misunderstanding'

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Travis Taylor
was arrested early Monday outside a downtown Minneapolis nightclub,
hours after the team's season-ending 41-21 loss to St. Louis,
police said.

Taylor, 27, had refused an officer's request that he get into a
waiting limousine-bus as police tried to disperse a large, unruly
crowd so an ambulance could get through around 2:30 a.m., police
spokesman Lt. Amelia Huffman said.

Taylor was not allowing the bus to leave and began pushing the
officer as the officer tried to separate him from the bus, Huffman
said. The officer eventually used a Taser to subdue Taylor, she
said.

Taylor was booked into the Hennepin County Jail on allegations
of fifth-degree assault, disorderly conduct and interfering with
pedestrian or vehicular traffic, all misdemeanors. He posted $50
bail and was released around 4:40 a.m.

Taylor, who will be a free agent this spring, started all 16
games and led the Vikings with 57 receptions for 651 yards.

"It was just a misunderstanding and an unfortunate situation,"
Taylor said Monday after a season-ending team meeting. "I was just
in a limo and got pulled out. We'll discuss that later and we'll
deal with the situation."

Though players have better avoided trouble this season than in
the past, there have been a few. Receiver Koren Robinson was
charged with drunken and reckless driving during training camp, and
safety Dwight Smith was cited for indecent conduct outside a
downtown nightclub a couple of weeks later. In December, defensive
backs coach Joe Woods was charged with two counts of drunken
driving.