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.”

36 responses to “McKinnie may get fined after all

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. # 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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???

  18. 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.

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

  20. 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.

  21. # 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.
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    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!

  22. 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.

  23. 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?

  24. 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???
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    The Rooney Rule IS a joke. Seattle and Washington did the league a service.

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