Anger mounts regarding McKinnie

With Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie kicked off the NFC Pro Bowl team, we’re hearing that there’s a high degree of anger from his colleagues regarding the events that resulted in his banishment from the team.

“Why didn’t he just not refuse to come?” a league source told us tonight.  “That way, they could have gotten someone to replace him.  Now, they have to play the game with one less tackle.”

Ravens running back Willis McGahee, a former teammate of McKinnie’s at the University of Miami, put it a slightly different way on his Twitter page:  “that’s bull shit.”

McKinnie got the boot after blowing off practice on Wednesday and Thursday.  His dismissal officially has been documented on the Pro Bowl page at NFL.com.

And so the NFC will have to get by with only Jason Peters (Eagles) and David Diehl (Giants) at tackle.  Other offensive linemen could pitch in; Cowboys guard Leonard Davis previously has played tackle during his NFL career.

McKinnie obviously has forfeited his pay check for playing in the Pro Bowl.  The only remaining question is whether he’s also facing a fine from the league office.  And that’s what we’re currently trying to find out.

UPDATE:  NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirms that McKinnie will forfeit his Pro Bowl game check, and that there will be no other penalty.  It’s therefore amazing that more guys didn’t refuse to play in this year’s Pro Bowl.

75 responses to “Anger mounts regarding McKinnie

  1. League should just take “2009 Pro Bowler” off McKinnie’s record. He didn’t deserve it this year, and he really doesn’t deserve it now. Make him earn his first one again.

  2. give him venus and serenas’ suspensions.
    ops, then vike opponents wont know what the next play will be.
    just make him play for free then.

  3. “Why didn’t he just not refuse to come?” a league source told us tonight.
    After that quote, it looks like Mike’s been talking to one the NFL janitors again.

  4. Why don’t you people wake the f@ck up and smell the coffee. Florio was in on it. Big Mac was bribed by Florio to skip out with $5600 in Italian restaurant coupons. Gave PFT something to write about today. Plus people love to hate the Vikings…we were the best in the NFL and everyone knows it! Seriously

  5. As a Vikings fan I can honestly say, GOOD!!!!! McKinnie did NOT deserve to be there and with this little stunt his days in MN are numbered. Loadholt was NOT drafted to be a right tackle for the next 10 years.

  6. I applaud McKinnie! One screw job deserves another! The NFL screwed the Vikings and now one player has the balls to screw the NFL! They ALL should boycott!

  7. He’s making it easy to realize how an athelete can go from stud to out of the sport overnight. Mock as you like but this won’t resonate well within the circles of the NFL and with the fans of the Vikings or other teams.

  8. As a Vikings fan, I have to say this guy fails to impress on and off the field. I’m surprised he was even a pro-bowler.
    Too bad he couldn’t have forgotten to show up for a certain critical play last Sunday evening…

  9. slipkid says:
    January 30, 2010 7:01 PM
    give him venus and serenas’ suspensions.
    ops, then vike opponents wont know what the next play will be.
    just make him play for free then.
    _________________________________
    wtf?

  10. Good for him. Why should he or any Viking honor the NFL and play? After the Bring Back New Orleans NFL Conspiracy Bowl, we could give a damn about the JokeBowl!!

  11. Selfish prick to say the least. I don’t mind him partying, but the fact he didn’t communicate to the team that he didn’t have any interest in playing is BS. I agree with McGahee.

  12. “Why didn’t he just not refuse to come?” a league source told us tonight. “That way, they could have gotten someone to replace him. Now, they have to play the game with one less tackle.”
    pshh. nice quote. ignoring the confusing double negative, aren’t quote league sources unqoute supposed to lend something insightful (or at least not utterly obvious) to the topic?
    furthermore, mcgahee took back his “that’s bullshit” tweet by apologizing and saying he didn’t know the whole story. so… who’s responsible from this quote mounting anger unquote aside from the grammatically challenged quote league source unquote?

  13. mcgahee also signaled he isnt going to cover for him. a welcome trend.
    the vikes lost. they gave it away. they put their balls and pants on the ground.
    so sad. well, not really…

  14. Yo Pervy Harvin…….Farve on the ground, Farve on the ground…..and Peterson just fumbled again, and again, and again.
    THE VIKES LOST! nothing new there buddy…

  15. If decent left tackles were not in short supply (and that’s all he is, decent), he would have been gone long ago. Miami and proximity to water seem to bring out the worst in McKinnie.
    BTW, one anonymous source does not seem to justify the adjective “mounting.”

  16. I couldn’t believe he made it in the first place. Didn’t he get benched during the Chicago game because he was getting Favre killed?

  17. And as an NFL player, what do you really have to gain by tweeting? Really?
    I mean, every time a story breaks, you have a bunch of damning quotes on record.
    Stupid.

  18. forthnoggin says:
    January 30, 2010 7:01 PM
    Make him earn his first one again.
    ===============================
    He could have a year playing like a Hall of Famer and I doubt he’ll get selected again after this stunt.
    DragynJ –
    Loadholt is strictly a RT, he doesn’t have the feet to hold up on the left.
    Too bad McKinnie says all the right stuff about his off field behavior but then doesn’t follow it up with his actions.

  19. Pervy still playin’ the blame game. And I’m still smilin’. Warmed this winter up, seeing Favre end all the hopes and dreams of Viking fans once again. Smilin’.

  20. Pervy Harvin says: January 30, 2010 7:27 PM
    Good for him. Why should he or any Viking honor the NFL and play? After the Bring Back New Orleans NFL Conspiracy Bowl, we could give a damn about the JokeBowl!!
    Why should the NFL give a damn about the vikings?
    The state laws that protect players from drug testing? Wonder what they were on that they always played so fast at home? Maybe when they are moved outta state because of the weak fan base and lack of public support for a new stadium. Then you can blame the refs and the NFL for making your beloved chokers move out state.

  21. mike says: Wonder what they were on that they always played so fast at home?
    ————————————————–
    Nothing.Thanks for the compliment! No team dominates at home like the Vikings,they murder people!

  22. If all Vikings fans even hate this guy (except those few moron Vikings fans), and he plays a position that guys never really get noticed or talked about, then he must be doing something wrong.

  23. “Why didn’t he just not refuse to come?” That’s a question Florio. I know yours grammar aint that good buts when a question mark be at the end of a sentence it means its be a question.

  24. mike says:
    January 30, 2010 8:16 PM
    Why should the NFL give a damn about the vikings?
    The state laws that protect players from drug testing? Wonder what they were on that they always played so fast at home? Maybe when they are moved outta state because of the weak fan base and lack of public support for a new stadium. Then you can blame the refs and the NFL for making your beloved chokers move out state.
    ===============================
    Way to show your ignorance there Mike! The state laws simply have certain stipulations for drug testing. they don’t protect them from it. Clearly people who keep coming up with this line of thinking (along with the “all the players are using” thought process) should be glad they’re not being tested for drug use.
    What the hell does “Maybe when they are moved outta state because of the weak fan base and lack of public support for a new stadium.” mean? It’s not a complete sentence or thought.

  25. pervy, You must have taken way too many hits to the head. Yeah the NFL conspired with the 5 turnovers you losers had. Get a grip son.

  26. JASON PETERS MADE THE PRO BOWL!? Good god..it’s a good thing that Demarcus Ware and Jared Allen are on his side.

  27. Pervy Harvin says: “Why should he or any Viking honor the NFL and play?”
    Nothing like missing the point. All he had to do was say, “No thanks” when he was asked to play. In fact, every Minny player could have done that if they so chose. What makes the guy a douche was he said “Yes” and THEN bailed. No one would have blinked an eye if, at the beginning, he said he was too beat to play and please find someone else. You don’t commit, deprive someone who may have wanted to play the opportunity, and bail on your fellow players after the fact. That’s a scumbag move.

  28. I’ll bet Klink and Ziggi are pissed. McKinnie needs to get Allen Iverson’s PR firm. . . . “Practice? We’re talking about practice? Practice?. . . . . “

  29. Way to represent your team Bryant! I mean, just think about all of the kids out of there playing 7th and 8th grade football, dreaming about one day somehow making into the NFL and maybe just maybe have enough god given talent and determination to make it the NFL All Star game to represent their respective team, coaches and fans that vote them in and then get totally obliterated that whole week and get kicked off the team!
    I see all of the Viking fans saying so what the Pro Bowl means nothing. Well it didn’t mean nothing while you were voting for those Viking players to go. I think it’s complete disrespect to those fans. Think about players like London Fletcher that had never gone and was pissed. McKinnie got gifted in due to his team’s play (nothing he did, he’s mediocre) and then take a giant piss on the state of Minnesota. Why are you guys defending this piece of garbage?

  30. Why should the NFL give a damn about the vikings?
    The state laws that protect players from drug testing?

    The same ruling that kept the Williams brothers on the field kept Charles Evans and Will Smith from having to serve a 4-game suspension this season.
    These rules are applied evenly.

  31. Mcgahee shouls have a lot to say. That man hasn’t been nearly the player he was touted to be. I think he should keep his mouth shut. One good run against the Raiders and he is an authority on how a pro bowler should act? I agree with the assessment that all Vikes players should boycott. They were robbed and the league should be ashamed of themselves. I equate the blown calls to Thierry Henry’s handball against Ireland. The refs deciding the outcome of a game is just not how the league should be run.

  32. Packers fans used to be the biggest asshats by a huge margin but this year the Aints fans are giving the Packer fans some competition. I guess we will all have to put up with them as long as Brees is healthy. Soon they will be the worst team in the league, again….

  33. Actually, McKinnie is classless, yes, and that is exactly why we don’t like him in Minnesota.
    Fred Smoot, Dwight Smith, go down the list of players who were jerks off the field and got ran out of town. McKinnie will be next.

  34. Good Lord. He missed practice?
    How are these guys supposed to be playing at their best in the Pro Bowl if they don’t take this game seriously and practice?
    It’s almost like McKinnie thinks this game is some sort of joke.
    The NFL will not stand for that.

  35. He’s fortunate that Jordan Gross of Carolina was injured this year; otherwise he wouldn’t have had to worry about making the Pro Bowl. Even as it is, it’s a stretch, although it certainly makes me realize how few quality left tackles the NFC has.

  36. The League should take his game check and use it to buy relief supplies for Haiti, then send this over-rated Viking douchebag to Haiti and force him to help with the relief effort, and give him a cold dose of reality about what really matters…

  37. if the playas don’t even care about this game then why should i? haven’t watched a pro bowl since ……well i actually don’t remember the last time i watched one.

  38. Didn’t expect him to play this game. Didn’t show up for the last Viking game either.
    Pervy, give it a rest. They did everything they could to give that game to the queens, they just pissed themselves and couldn’t finish the deal. Your team holds onto the ball and they’re in the big dance. Seriously…you think the NFL wouldn’t rather have Favre playing instead of Brees…? The Vikes would’ve made it closer than what the Saints will.

  39. Mckinnie is a POS. Can’t do anything for the fans. He is hurt my rear end. He is well enough to go clubbing and pick up girls. Cannot, cannot, stand players like this. If your voted into the pro bowl and you do not have broken bones or something torn. You should be there. No if’s, and’s or but’s about it.

  40. Please, this is bullshit exhibition game. If it gives some guys a stiffy to play in it, then let them play. Other guys don’t want to play in exhibition games. When a few important players get seriously hurt, the league will do away with this ridiculous affair.

  41. atta boy Bryant. He got ass AND didn’t have to play in this stupid,worthless, waste of time game. now, he has set an example for the rest of the players that obviously do not want to play: don’t show up. plain. simple.

  42. McKinnie your days as a Viking are over (I hope)! Your middle name should be “give up” cause you do it all the time on the football field. You have made an ass out of the Vikings too many times on and off the football field. I thought you were making slow improvments on yourself but I was wrong. You were too hungover to play and you know it. Sorry don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.

  43. What would an NFL season be without a Vikings story like this! Partying is first…then football. Gotta love that franchise…they will NEVER win it all!

  44. Idk why I even scrolled back up to check who wrote this article because I should of known. Classic Florio to stir up the pot and report that tweet from Mcgahee. Why didnt you update the post with the tweet 4 hours later from Mcgahee to Mckinnie where he apologized for saying it and said “he didnt know the whole story”?…shouldnt expect anything else from you!

  45. Rather goclubbin than be part of a team. As slow as my business is I’d do whatever was needed to collect that check. I imagine in a few years this will be one of the very same guys whose sayin I need some help. The league is not treating me right. Anytime any of these dudes makes it to the Pro Bowl,Playoffs or Super Bowl, that money (or at least 50% of it) should be set aside in a pension fund, 401K, etc so at the very least they have something to fall back on thaqt cannot be touched until they are at least 62. You know, kinda like us. Now if a player is proving that he is using his money wisely, as in lucrative investments, then maybe not. The League should be taking care of the “Rain Makers” now so they can’t be whining in the future.
    Just MHO

  46. It’s absolutely hilarious that all the bandwagon jumpers in MN had nothing to do but vote a bunch of undeserving Vikings into the Pro Bowl. McKinnie is the perfect example. He got absolutely smoked by Peppers but somehow he’s good enough for the Pro Bowl? Please.
    Props to Pervy Harvin for all the attention she’s gotten on here. It takes quite a lot to get noticed on this site.

  47. Imagine that…. a Viking that feels he can show up when he wants to, and be completely above the team, did he happen to fly in on a private plane and get picked up by an SUV?

  48. Cancel this whole damn game. It’s a farce and everyone knows it. Just name the All-Pros and be done with it. NO ONE wants to play and more a real fan wouldn’t want to watch.

  49. His mother is one of those “NFL Moms” with McNabb’s mom. She likes the press and glitter. She is on various outlets from time to time. Much of her own self-worth seems to derive from her son. Bryant, maybe you could get yourself upright for her, if not for yourself. Enough is enough. Man up; grow up; and find another way to live. And, start talking to other teams because I suspect that THIS Vikings organization will have seen enough of you “off” the field and not near enough of you “on” the field. You don’t get benched in week 14; allow your QB to be mauled; blow off a committment AND still remain a Viking these days//

  50. Then McGahee had to bitch out and apologize for “not knowing the whole story”… bitches stick together, don’t they?

  51. 1) It is stupid that they don’t have a penalty for guys flaking out.
    2) McKinnie is an idiot. He has had probably around half a dozen “incidents” off the field in his career and they ALWAYS center around him getting piss drunk and acting like an ass.
    3) Childress cleaned house when he came to the Vikings. McKinnie is the one guy he has let hang around despite continuing incidents.
    4) Oddly enough McKinnie’s team mates usually really seem to like the guy and he is considered a leader on the team. He may just be an alcoholic and nothing more because usually when he is (presumably) sober like at practices and in games he is a stand up guy. Put liquor in him and you read about it in the paper.

  52. Honestly? People actually give a rat’s behind about the pro bowl? I haven’t watched a pro bowl since I was like 9. If they want more interest in the game, make it mean something…give home field advantage in the super bowl to whoever wins the previous years pro bowl.

  53. mnfan – wtf yerself?
    the guy telegraphs plays, takes plays off, eats p@##$ in public, tries to kill bouncers, and pulls a major drunk ilo practicing for the pro bowl, for which he is getting paid.
    wtf? TNB, that’s WTF.

  54. slipkid says:
    January 30, 2010 7:01 PM
    give him venus and serenas’ suspensions.
    ops, then vike opponents wont know what the next play will be.
    just make him play for free then.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    I’ve read this a few times and seriously I have no f’n idea what this means. Some help please.

  55. @irishgary
    I am so glad you responded to my comment as I left it after reading your stupid bullshit in this thread. You sir are a jackass and if you don’t like the Vikings then I suggest you spew your nonsense elsewhere.

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