Vikings issue statement: Benny Sapp was not arrested

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We heard a rumor about Vikings cornerback Benny Sapp being arrested Friday afternoon, but were not able to confirm the story and ultimately didn’t post anything about it.

The Vikings decided to address the issue on Friday night after the story took a life of its own locally.

“We’ve been made aware that Benny Sapp received a citation, was not arrested and fully cooperated with the authorities,” the team said in a statement via Judd Zulgad of espn1500.com.

Sapp essentially replaced Chris Cook in the Vikings lineup after Cook’s own brush with the law.

Minneapolis police told Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Sapp was handcuffed after “chest bumping” a Children’s Hospital guard that was trying to stop Sapp in a parking lot of the hospital.

(No, not this Children’s Hospital.)