Taylor appears on charges of confrontation with police

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Travis Taylor
made his first court appearance Wednesday on charges stemming from
an altercation with police outside a nightclub early Monday.

Taylor, 27, is charged with one count of fourth-degree assault
on a peace officer and one count of obstructing the legal process
or arrest, both gross misdemeanors. He also faces a misdemeanor
charge of disorderly conduct.

He did not enter a plea on Wednesday. His next court date was
set for Jan. 23 at the Hennepin County Government Center, said City
of Minneapolis spokesman Matt Laible.

Police say Taylor refused an officer's request that he get into
a waiting limousine-bus as police tried to disperse a crowd so an
ambulance could get through around 2:30 a.m.

Taylor began pushing the officer, police claim, and the officer
eventually used a Taser to subdue the player.

Taylor has called the incident a misunderstanding. If convicted
on all counts, he faces a maximum of two years and three months in
prison and up to $7,000 in fines.