On Friday, the Vikings made much ado about the fact that cornerback Benny Sapp wasn’t arrested, but instead simply cited.
It’s a distinction without much of a difference. Sure, Sapp didn’t ride in the back of a cruiser or do the proverbial perp walk, but he still faces criminal charges.
Specifically, the Associated Press reports that Sapp has been charged with careless driving and fifth-degree assault, both misdemeanors, following a fracas with security at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. Specifically, Sapp and his 11-year-old son reportedly tried to enter the facility through a closed entrance. Sapp reportedly left the boy with a security guard, explaining that the boy’s mother was inside the hospital and Sapp had to go to work.
(Hey, it’s better than leaving the kid home alone to play video games. Wait, no it isn’t.)
Per the report, Sapp allegedly pushed a security guard who tried to detain him. Sapp then allegedly chest-bumped another security guard who was blocking access to Sapp’s vehicle.
And so Sapp has been charged with two crimes, which is enough to reset the “days without an arrest” meter. But the Vikings can continue to point out that he technically wasn’t arrested.
When you’re 3-12, it’s important to take your victories wherever you can find them.