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McKinnie will not play in Pro Bowl

Vikings tackle Bryant McKinnie’s decision to spend more time enjoying South Beach nightlife than Pro Bowl practice might result in his missing the game altogether.

Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the feeling around the team is that the lack of practice time, even in an offense as basic as the one the NFC will run on Sunday, will preclude McKinnie from playing in the Pro Bowl game. Craig also reports that there’s some anger toward McKinnie among other players on the team.

Cowboys offensive line coach Hudson Houck, serving in the same capacity for the NFC team, said he wasn’t sure how things will play out.

“It also depends on whether he even wants to play,”Houck told me at the team hotel today. “I don’t know.”

Giants tackle David Diehl, who would have to play a lot more if McKinnie isn’t allowed on the field, also spoke to Craig about the absentee tackle from the Twin Cities.

“I can’t speak for him. All I can speak for is me. I was here for everything. I was prepared and I’m ready to go. I’ll be ready to go tomorrow night.”

You really have to wonder why McKinnie didn’t just bow out of the game like several of his Vikings teammates if he wasn’t interested in playing. No one would have thought twice about it and he could have gone to party in Miami anyway.

If McKinnie doesn’t wind up playing, here’s hoping that the NFL will direct his Pro Bowl share toward a worthy charity in Miami or elsewhere. It obviously doesn’t mean anything to McKinnie, but it would surely be appreciated a great deal by someone else.

UPDATE: Craig now reports that McKinnie has been kicked off the NFC’s Pro Bowl squad.  So he can go clubbing all weekend long if he’d like.
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37 Responses to “McKinnie will not play in Pro Bowl”
  1. lebowski says: Jan 30, 2010 2:16 PM

    What a total d-bag.

  2. Evpimp says: Jan 30, 2010 2:18 PM

    I’d go to a club any day and get some girls over the gay probowl!! It’s a joke just like karren rodgers is in the playoffs!!

  3. jx4cmario1 says: Jan 30, 2010 2:18 PM

    It would have been nice for him to let someone know he was going to ditch out on everything, not cool Bryant….donate his share to charity for sure.

  4. Bigbluefan says: Jan 30, 2010 2:21 PM

    Shows low class vs high class Diehl knows its fun but still a game McKinnie is just a punk
    Hence why the Vikes are in the pro bowel and not the big game

  5. SpartaChris says: Jan 30, 2010 2:25 PM

    Geez, what a putz.

  6. mustbechris says: Jan 30, 2010 2:26 PM

    Bryant McKinnie is the definition of “turd”. I wish the Vikings fans could’ve excluded him from their pro bowl voting spree, because I can’t think of someone who deserves it less. Faneca’s close, but he’s just an old asshole. And if Faneca is an asshole, then McKinnie is what comes from there. Hopefully he gets benched and the NFL doesn’t pay him.

  7. favresux says: Jan 30, 2010 2:26 PM

    brent told him not to go

  8. BigPackBigWin says: Jan 30, 2010 2:28 PM

    All NFC QB’s will be the ones celebrating tonight knowing that revolving door is gone.

  9. FumbleNuts says: Jan 30, 2010 2:30 PM

    Maybe he rented a party boat in Miami and is kickin’ it at sea?

  10. bear0402 says: Jan 30, 2010 2:31 PM

    Like the Pro Bowl even matters.

  11. greenbaygamera says: Jan 30, 2010 2:34 PM

    # Bigbluefan says: January 30, 2010 2:21 PM
    Shows low class vs high class Diehl knows its fun but still a game McKinnie is just a punk
    Hence why the Vikes are in the pro bowel and not the big game
    Yeah, because is McKinnie is a dbag, that speaks to why the Vikings are not in the big game. There are plenty of Viking players who were chosen to go and are going to all the practices and aren’t dbags I don’t think McKinnie should be there to begin with and he should have just bowed out if he was going to be such a jerk about it

  12. TiceWasBetter says: Jan 30, 2010 2:45 PM

    Way to put partying over properly representing your team AGAIN.
    Good job on showing everyone what a waste of space and money you are McKinnie. Viking fans don’t even know why you were selected in the first place, maybe if your fat ass wasn’t so pre-occupied with your crappy raping career and clubbing you could’ve blocked someone in the december games we lost that cost us home field advantage and maybe we couldn’t won the NFC thanks to our ‘dome field’ advantage, not you.
    As they say in the beginning of WaterBoy:
    “Cut his ass”

  13. dublg says: Jan 30, 2010 2:56 PM

    He (McKinnie) tweeted the other day he was playing right tackle and did not seem happy about it. He is a lazy piece of crap. Hopefully Zygi will cut the ungratefull bastard. i regret voting for him now.

  14. What's Ur Angle says: Jan 30, 2010 2:57 PM

    Girl, you trippin’

  15. SFrancis1680 says: Jan 30, 2010 3:03 PM

    this is the one all star game, of the 4 major sports, that people look for a reason NOT TO PLAY, …not playing in this game, is probably a lot smarter, from a health standpoint, than playing

  16. JimmySmith says: Jan 30, 2010 3:06 PM

    That a player would go missing is hardly a surprise, that the missing player is a Viking is no surprise at all. The worst part is, he is far from the biggest douchebag in the Viking organization, that would likely go to Col Klink, the smartest head coach is the business and designer of such brillant moves as the 12 man huddle.
    This organization is snake bitten for a reason, they lack class and character, much like their fan base.

  17. Quagmire says: Jan 30, 2010 3:08 PM

    At least now he’ll havce time to squeeze in a boat party with some hookers.

  18. leatherneck says: Jan 30, 2010 3:11 PM

    He pulled out because of injury.

  19. 2 Dimes and a Nickel Back says: Jan 30, 2010 3:12 PM

    McKinnie is a pile, and this is coming from a Viking fan. Always thought he was rubbish. Fat and slow.

  20. jamesz23 says: Jan 30, 2010 3:12 PM

    Karen Rodgers 121 QB rating 2 turnovers in his playoff game – including 450 yds in total offense & 5 tds. Pretty crappy 1st playoff game on the road in a dome. Favre against the Saints D – 70 QB rating, 3 turnovers, 1 td around 300 yds total offense – on the road in a dome.

  21. Percy Nugz says: Jan 30, 2010 3:14 PM

    Minnesota has made so much progress since the sex boat scandal of 2005 and McKinnie only reminds everyone of that night on Lake Minnetonka when things got out off hand.

  22. GB3Pack4 says: Jan 30, 2010 3:17 PM

    The Pro Bowl DOES matter. It’s struggling in terms of marketing, etc., but the concept is what’s important here, to recognize and honor the best INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS among all 32 teams after a long, arduous season. Players are plucked off teams based solely on their own performances, including maybe young guns who’ve shown awesome skills and commitment, comeback players, etc. If this event didn’t exist, many of those players might not GET any public recognition – especially players who are not in glamour spots, but in down and dirty jobs.
    Everything is provided for these players – AND THEIR INVITED GUESTS – FOR THE WHOLE WEEK. It costs money, it takes time, hard work, planning, a lot of people! to pull it all together. The practices, the hanging out, presents opportunities players don’t have in such a relaxed setting all the rest of the year. To meet and share experiences, to get to know guys whose play you’ve admired for years, to hear a few more cheers, to play in front of friends and family – all that is part of the picture. These guys – the ones to whom it matters – know they’ve done what they love so well, they get to be part of this very special event. The game itself should be the plum – yeah, I know it’s not, for a lot of reasons, but that’s the intention.
    When somebody – anybody – does something really nice for your personal enjoyment, you should be gracious enough to say thanks, and if it involves attendance and participation, then you do that. It’s called courtesy.
    When you’re given a significant honor like the designation that you’re a Pro Bowler (which every last one can use to the benefit of their careers/income), YOU GO. YOU DO. YOU COMMIT. YOU PRACTICE. YOU PLAY.
    Or as far as I’m concerned, you’re just a greater or lesser jerk with a wad.

  23. oh the usual says: Jan 30, 2010 3:19 PM

    Really, I don’t see this as that big of a deal. I think they did the right thing by kicking him off if he missed practice, but its the freaking Pro Bowl. I figured most of the young players were getting hammered in Miami this week. The guy deserves to be left out of the game, but he doesn’t deserve to be hung for it.

  24. Bigbluefan says: Jan 30, 2010 3:20 PM

    One player is an example of the whole team the mood of the locker room
    If this fool had a good coach and good leadership he would know what is business and what is party time
    He must not know the meaning of team but then again I doubt any of the vikes do since they whored them self out to Brett with a hope and dream that turned in a wish and a nightmare

  25. Jabberwocky says: Jan 30, 2010 3:28 PM

    “maybe if your fat ass wasn’t so pre-occupied with your crappy raping career”
    Classic line. The point is that he didn’t notify the team he was going to be absent. It’s a matter of responsibility, but not whether or not the game is worth it. Make sense tards?

  26. 30PTBUCK says: Jan 30, 2010 3:30 PM


  27. blitzed says: Jan 30, 2010 3:30 PM

    It’s funny how he came up with the injury excuse after he had already been kicked off the team …. what a tool / douchebag ….. stop the homer crap repeatedly …. most of us are smart enough to see his little
    ‘twitter” was after the announcement he was kicked off the team….. the guys a big fat piece of WORTHLESS garbage

  28. east96street says: Jan 30, 2010 3:32 PM

    I hope somehow there’s a clause in the CBA that allows the NFL to fine his sorry a** big bucks. Don’t want to play? Fine. Opt out like the 50% of the players voted in. Don’t go down and behave like a douche and then decide you don’t want in. Unbelievable scumbag move and I hope no one ever votes for him again. Man up and say, “Thanks, no thanks.” when they first ask you so another player that wants to be there can be. POS.

  29. Fan of Football says: Jan 30, 2010 3:33 PM

    Saints D >>>>> AZ’s D
    However, Erin’s turnover was much more damaging, as it was the play that lost the game.

  30. A Big Deal says: Jan 30, 2010 3:33 PM

    Favre also threw four TD’s against the Cowboys and had a 134.4 passer rating..but yeah he sucks

  31. jamesz23 says: Jan 30, 2010 3:54 PM

    I’m not the 1 who brought Rodgers up in an article that had nothing to do with him. (SEE comment 2) Vikings fans should worry about their own team.

  32. PossibleCabbage says: Jan 30, 2010 4:03 PM

    He didn’t deserve to be there anyway.

  33. purpleguy says: Jan 30, 2010 4:03 PM

    The guy’s a dope and didn’t deserve to be in the Pro Bowl in the first place. Now I doubt he’ll ever have to worry about the inconvenience again.
    Surprise, surprise, a couple of the regular Pack posters equating McKinnie with the whole Viking organization. Of course that same rationale doesn’t apply to an organization with a head coach that fires a maintenace dude that doesn’t kiss his butt, a coach that can’t win a playoff game in which his team was favored, a coach that wasn’t able to beat a division rival (twice) with a supposedly “bumbling” heach coach, an organization that has front office staff jumping like rats from a sinking ship at the same time they raise ticket prices an average of $9 per seat, a defender charged with codine possession in saleable quantities, and another defender that knocks women around. Yep, no comparison.

  34. jamesz23 says: Jan 30, 2010 4:21 PM

    I agree with everything you wrote Purpleguy – except for the 2 front office people ‘jumping ship’. 1 got a GM job – last time I checked that’s a pretty prostigious position in the NFL as there is only 32. And go to the Green Bay Press Gazette and you’ll see Schneider wrote a very long goodbye to Packers fans and praised Ted Thompson big time as 1 of the best in the biz. The other guy who left I had never heard of him before that story this week and came to find out he had a small role in the organization and left because he’s close to Holmgren.

  35. favresux says: Jan 30, 2010 6:56 PM

    love boat cruise with the favrequeen and a little ass squeazing

  36. Route36West says: Jan 30, 2010 8:52 PM

    I feel bad for him hes a Viking it had to be alot of temptation down there in Miami with all those LOVEly BOATS.

  37. JoeSixPack says: Jan 30, 2010 9:44 PM

    McKinnie should take this game – a very important skirmish between the 4th, 3rd and sometimes 2nd best players at their position in the NFL – with the seriousness such a signficant game deserves.

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