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McKinnie may get fined after all

When we last left Bryant McKinnie, it appeared that the truant tackle wouldn’t be punished for getting booted off the NFC Pro Bowl team.

Something has changed in the last 18 hours.  Perhaps it’s the growing anger about McKinnie’s actions or the recognition that the league could set a dangerous precedent by allowing a player to skip Pro Bowl practices without repercussions.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that McKinnie’s case will “be reviewed for a possible fine in addition [to] his loss of his Pro Bowl game check.”

The league is not considering a suspension “at this time” but Aiello notes the review has not been completed.

Meanwhile, we can’t help but notice the contrast between McKinnie and his teammate Steve Hutchinson, who is playing despite a shoulder injury that will require surgery in two weeks.

“I guess I’m a little old-school when it comes to the Pro Bowl,” said
Hutchinson. “I think if you can play, you should play.”

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36 Responses to “McKinnie may get fined after all”
  1. FireJerryJones says: Jan 31, 2010 12:21 PM

    Maybe Asante Samuel has an opinion on the Vikings.

  2. GiantsDefenseRules says: Jan 31, 2010 12:21 PM

    He is losing his Pro-Bowl game check….makes sense!! Additional fine from league…..makes sense, no-showing a league event.
    Was it really that hard to pick up the phone Bryant? If you bowed out the appropriate way, no one would have cared, and you would have some extra cash to throw around at the clubs.

  3. ar1888 says: Jan 31, 2010 12:23 PM

    Fine him his game check. And make him pay for all his travel expenses. If I had a work function that I traveled for, then skipped I would be in trouble. The NFL should make him accountable.

  4. sven_ftw says: Jan 31, 2010 12:28 PM

    if only mckinnie shared hutch’s pride for being a player in the league…

  5. JuicyMelon says: Jan 31, 2010 12:32 PM

    As a Vikings fan…I am getting sick of McKinnie. Doesn’t seem to care about playing, doesn’t seem to care about anything really.

  6. favresux says: Jan 31, 2010 12:34 PM

    favrequeen does not like someone else taking the spotlight!

  7. wrath4771 says: Jan 31, 2010 12:53 PM

    If the Pro Bowl wasn’t a big enough joke as it was, McKinnie really showed the event up. If the NFL wants us to take it seriously then it has to get the players to take it seriously.

  8. Allied Biscuit says: Jan 31, 2010 12:55 PM

    Dammit Hutchinson. Don’t injure yourself even more! And I can’t wait to see Peterson fumble 3 or 4 times today and make my team look that much worse. why are any vikings playing in this? they should still be angry and ashamed of their performance last week. they gave away the superbowl. they shouldn’t get rewarded. and Peterson is not a probowler this year.

  9. BurkieInBoston says: Jan 31, 2010 12:59 PM

    He was probably ragin @ Club Space and the Gold Rush. No big deal?

  10. leatherneck says: Jan 31, 2010 1:02 PM

    Yes, Bryant McKinnie made a mistake, but there is no need to make a federal case out of it. This is all about fans being jealous of all the talent the Vikings have. Whenever anything bad comes up with the Vikings, it’s like you turn it into something much bigger than it is.

  11. last starfighter says: Jan 31, 2010 1:04 PM

    I think the anger is sort of a reflection of the economy over the last several years. It’s hard not to be angry when a guy making this much money, and getting selected for an honor that he gets a huge bonus for, blows off the minimum required participation to party. You know you can show up for practice AND party.

  12. lebowski says: Jan 31, 2010 1:28 PM

    Good for you Hutch. Talk some sense into your line mate.

  13. VoxVagina says: Jan 31, 2010 1:28 PM

    @FireJerryJones
    That makes no sense whatsoever

  14. Deel says: Jan 31, 2010 1:32 PM

    I wish Hutchinson wasn’t playing, but I love the attitude. Seriously injured (ones requiring surgery = serious) shouldn’t play, but kudos for the desire and respect for his profession. In his case someone should step in and stop him (just like a boxer who wants to continue but shouldn’t for health’s sake.

  15. FootballOnly says: Jan 31, 2010 1:45 PM

    If I were the Vikings, I would be more concerned with McKinnie’s attitude of not being a team player.

  16. jrotten says: Jan 31, 2010 1:47 PM

    If you screw up and get kicked off the pro bowl team, then you should be banned for the next years pro bowl game if elected. Teach these a-holes some respect.

  17. GB3Pack4 says: Jan 31, 2010 1:54 PM

    What I have never understood is why players are so often punished only in “currency” they can easily afford. You have to deprive them of what means the most to them, period. (Okay, I admit that leaves me open to wits who would say, then take their guns & drugs away, but you know what I mean.)
    When somebody is making a kajillion dollars and already lives a lifestyle most can only dream of, IT IS NOT A PUNISHMENT TO LEVY FINES ON THEM. Money means nothing to these guys beyond either making them richer or costing them pocket change. Not every problem can be resolved by Throwing Money At, or Taking Money From.
    No wonder the bad behavior continues nearly unabated across the League.

  18. bonafide says: Jan 31, 2010 2:02 PM

    jrotten: “If you screw up and get kicked off the pro bowl team, then you should be banned for the next years pro bowl game if elected. Teach these a-holes some respect.”
    ________
    Banned from the Pro Bowl? Is that a punishment or a reward?

  19. scrapdawg12 says: Jan 31, 2010 2:07 PM

    Mckinnie embarrased himself, the Vikings organization, the nfl, and most importantly, his pro bowl team mates. In this case, the NFL needs to set a precedent with this fine. One Million Dollars. Along with these millions, rules need to be in place to make sure that every play who is voted in, plays. Unless they are injured and set for surgeries. Mcknnie should be cut by the Vikings this offseason. His skills have diminished. He was once good but now just average and there are average guys out there that would love to play. Mckinnie should hang it up. Guys like this deserve to be booed where ever they go. No need for this non sense.

  20. SwedishMurderMachine says: Jan 31, 2010 2:10 PM

    Everybody cares about money.

  21. snigley says: Jan 31, 2010 2:11 PM

    Hutch has always been a class act, unlike the bozo that lines up next to him.

  22. JoeSixPack says: Jan 31, 2010 2:14 PM

    The Pro Bowl is very important honor and reward for the 3rd, 4th and 5th best players at their positions.
    McKinnie is wrong to show it disrespect.

  23. mike says: Jan 31, 2010 2:15 PM

    # leatherneck says: January 31, 2010 1:02 PM
    Yes, Bryant McKinnie made a mistake, but there is no need to make a federal case out of it. This is all about fans being jealous of all the talent the Vikings have. Whenever anything bad comes up with the Vikings, it’s like you turn it into something much bigger than it is.
    Good thing all that talent isn’t playing in the Superbowl. If they were they would probably fumble the trophy.

  24. JimmySmith says: Jan 31, 2010 2:34 PM

    If the Minnesota State Court would allow them, the NFL should suspend his fat ass for a single game, make it hurt (no Viking fans, not make it hurt in a way you guys find pleasurable) so it doesn’t happen again.

  25. SFrancis1680 says: Jan 31, 2010 2:40 PM

    INTERESTING, he’ll fine McKINNIE for treating the Pro Bowl like a joke…yet Washington & Seattle treated the ROONEY RULE like a JOKE, and no fines???

  26. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Jan 31, 2010 3:00 PM

    Congrats to Hutchinson on his attitude. There’s a guy who’s been to the Pro Bowl 6 times before and could easily blow it off and skip practices or decide not to go at all. And with his upcoming surgery no one would blame him. He’s got his priorities straight.
    McKinnie (and plenty of guys who just don’t want to go) should be taking notes.

  27. RagnarHater24 says: Jan 31, 2010 3:25 PM

    Idiot douche.

  28. j-wil says: Jan 31, 2010 3:40 PM

    Yet another reason to hate the Vikings………………..if you needed one.

  29. rcpecook says: Jan 31, 2010 4:01 PM

    Another shovel full of dirt on the vikings coffin!
    Welcome to sunny Los Angeles Mr Milf….Wilf..whatever!

  30. bluestree says: Jan 31, 2010 4:36 PM

    The most tangible effect of McKinnie’s behavior is on the guys that will have to cover for him by taking more snaps and possibly playing out of position. They (and their teams) will be exposed to greater risk of injury and will have exert more effort than their opposition, which I’m sure will diminish THEIR pro bowl experience. Somone’s out there wishing this douche had just used the injury excuse to not play, so he could be there with the other all pros. You can bet this won’t be forgotten by the players. I’d bet McKinnie’s got a few fewer friends in the league today. Maybe even on his own team.

  31. Twiz says: Jan 31, 2010 5:41 PM

    # leatherneck says: January 31, 2010 1:02 PM
    Yes, Bryant McKinnie made a mistake, but there is no need to make a federal case out of it. This is all about fans being jealous of all the talent the Vikings have. Whenever anything bad comes up with the Vikings, it’s like you turn it into something much bigger than it is.
    __________________________________
    I’m seriously hoping you are *NOT* a Vikings fan. Crap talk like that makes the rest of us look bad. McKinnie should not only be fined, but should be required to reimburse any and all money put out on his behalf.
    By screwing up like this, he not only makes himself look back but the Vikings as a whole.
    I’m hoping the Vikings discipline him as well!

  32. Ambrose says: Jan 31, 2010 5:58 PM

    Viking “bowlers” are quitting or faking injuries, and many of them didn’t belong in the first place. The ballots were stuffed by Viking fans desiring to be pertinent. The only injuries these dopes have are bruised and overinflated egos. The NFC will do just fine without any of them, they have the best QB playing…Aaron Rodgers.

  33. RayDaMayor says: Jan 31, 2010 6:00 PM

    It’s all very logical if you think about it…..his pants were still on the ground from the Saints pash rush blowing past him in the NFC Championship game.
    I mean, really, would you show up at practice if your pants were on the ground?

  34. durno99 says: Jan 31, 2010 6:38 PM

    I am sure the cultural bias is why he acts differently than Hutch……….give him a break!

  35. Beer Cheese Soup says: Jan 31, 2010 9:12 PM

    SFrancis1680 says:
    INTERESTING, he’ll fine McKINNIE for treating the Pro Bowl like a joke…yet Washington & Seattle treated the ROONEY RULE like a JOKE, and no fines???
    _____________________________________
    The Rooney Rule IS a joke. Seattle and Washington did the league a service.

  36. favre uses allens mullet as handlebars says: Feb 1, 2010 1:43 AM

    Classy Vikings alright! Slap his a$$ Favre!

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