Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie was kicked out of the Pro Bowl last week for skipping back-to-back practices.
“They tried to make it seem like it was because [I was] at the club and couldn’t get up,” McKinnie said. “No. I had called [agent Drew Rosenhaus] and told Drew I wanted to withdraw.”
Immediately after his dismissal last Saturday, McKinnie took to Twitter to explain himself. He claimed to have phoned the NFC squad’s trainer about some sort of injury that would prevent him from playing.
To the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, McKinnie didn’t say anything about his alleged conversation with the trainer. Rosenhaus, to our knowledge, didn’t qualify for this year’s Pro Bowl staff.
“There wasn’t anything bad behind it,” McKinnie said. “I just feel that they made it more than it really was. It wasn’t like I got locked up somewhere and couldn’t play in the game because I was in jail. That’s how they made it seem. I just didn’t know that it was going to be that serious.”
He is also unconcerned about the Giants’ David Diehl and Eagles’ Jason Peters, who were forced to play the entire game because McKinnie didn’t show.
“Anyone who watched the game would know it wasn’t like they were going that hard,” McKinnie said. “If you watched the game, [the pass rushers] were stopping in front of the quarterback.”
It appears the club McKinnie was probably at last Sunday night televised the Pro Bowl.
According to the Star-Tribune, the NFL is still weighing whether to fine McKinnie. In our view, the league should act without anymore delay.