Following a start to 2006 better suited for the tabloids, the
Vikings showed Robinson the door.
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf hired the no-nonsense Brad Childress away from
Philadelphia in January after being repeatedly embarrassed by the
Vikings' conduct off the field under Mike Tice in 2005, most notably
during a salacious boat party scandal in October.
Childress is off to a rocky start in that department.
Along with Koren Robinson's off-field troubles, starting
safety Dwight Smith was cited by Minneapolis police early Saturday
morning for alleged indecent conduct with a 24-year-old woman in a
stairwell near a downtown night club.
Smith and the woman were released at the scene.
The team issued a statement Saturday evening saying it has
"been made aware of the situation concerning Dwight Smith. Head
coach Brad Childress will address the media regarding the issue
once additional information becomes available."
-- The Associated Press
Robinson was among eight players cut by the Vikings on Saturday,
10 days after he was charged with drunken driving and fleeing
The receiver, who made his first trip to the Pro Bowl as a kick
returner last season and signed a three-year, $12.7 million
contract extension in March, was one of the Vikings' few bright
spots last year.
Former coach Mike Tice convinced Robinson to sign with the team
following a stint in an alcohol treatment facility in North
Carolina, and the player rewarded Tice's faith with one of the best
seasons of his up-and-down five-year career.
But as soon as things started looking up for the oft-troubled
Robinson, he was back in jail.
His blue BMW sedan was caught on radar going more than 100 mph
in a 55 mph zone on the night of Aug. 15, as he tried to get from
the Twin Cities back to the team's training camp headquarters in
Mankato for curfew.
When police tried to pull him over, Robinson refused to stop,
police said. A high-speed chase ensued, and the criminal complaint
said a field test measured Robinson's blood-alcohol content at 0.11
A phone message left with Robinson's agent, Alvin Keels, wasn't
It was the latest in a long line of alcohol-related problems for
Robinson, who pleaded guilty to DUI while with the Seattle Seahawks
in 2005 and was suspended for four games in 2004 for violating the
league's substance abuse policy.
His latest arrest could get Robinson suspended for a year this
time and also get him a year in jail if a Washington court
determines that he violated his probation. He faces a hearing in
that matter and has an Oct. 17 court date in Minnesota on the
The former first-round draft pick appeared to turn his life
around last season in Minnesota, emerging as a leader on a team
that badly needed some good influences. His teammates voted him the
recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award and happily watched him
work his way up the depth chart at receiver. He had 22 catches for
347 yards and one touchdown in five starts last season and entered
this year as the team's No. 1 receiver.
"Just in doing my research, I thought he was in a good place,"
coach Brad Childress said after his arrest.
His latest transgressions clearly shook teammates, who were
drawn to his affable demeanor and impressed by his considerable
"I love Koren as a friend," receiver Travis Taylor said after
Robinson was arrested. "Forget football. It doesn't matter. I love
Koren dearly. That's the bottom line."
Unfortunately, the Vikings can't forget about football. With
just one preseason game remaining, they seem resigned to starting
the season with an unproven receivers corps surrounding quarterback
Taylor moved into Robinson's starting spot and second-year pro
Troy Williamson has improved this preseason. But the rest of the
group consists of inconsistent veterans like Marcus Robinson and
Billy McMullen and rookies such as Jason Carter.
After defeating the Baltimore Ravens 30-7 in preseason action on
Friday night, the Vikings were off on Saturday and Childress was
unavailable for comment.
The Vikings also released offensive tackle Sean Bubin, defensive
tackle Manase Hopoi, receiver Aaron Hosack, fullback Brandon Jones,
linebacker Marcus Lawrence, safety Ahmad Treaudo and guard Mark