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Lawyer says “offensive racial remark” was directed to Caleb King

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On the same day running back Caleb King was released by the Vikings, he also was released from jail.

“Mr. King was released from custody from the Anoka County Jail this morning without any charges being filed,” lawyer Lee Wolfgram, Jr. said in a press release forwarded to PFT.  “The investigation will continue but the defense is encouraged by the thoroughness of both the Anoka County Attorney’s Office and the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.  Both are taking care to ensure that all the facts are not only gathered, but seriously considered before reaching a charging decision in this matter.”

The Associated Press separately confirms that King has indeed been released from custody, that charges haven’t been filed, and that the investigation is ongoing.

Wolfgram, while not unequivocally professing that King had no involvement in the events that resulted in allegedly serious injuries being suffered by Andrew Hayek, suggests that King was provoked — and that false claims possibly are being made about him.

“Mr. King has no history of violent behavior and, in fact, showed great restraint in attempting to calm a situation after an offensive racial remark was directed at him,” Wolfgram said, without identifying who made the remark.  Previous reports indicated that King reacted after being teased about looking like a celebrity (apparently, Eddie Murphy).

“The defense is also confident that the Anoka County Sheriff’s Department is mindful that making a false report against Mr. King, or anyone, is a crime,” Wolfgram said.  “Mr. King is relieved that he can report back to training in preparation for the upcoming season.”

Apparently, Wolfgram hasn’t gotten the news that King currently has no NFL job to report back to.  If King is completely exonerated, the Vikings should give him another chance.  Still, the fact that charges have yet to be filed doesn’t mean that King will walk away.

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101 Responses to “Lawyer says “offensive racial remark” was directed to Caleb King”
  1. bozosforall says: May 1, 2012 6:18 PM

    Playing the race card is so early 90s. We sure that this guy isn’t Rodney King’s son?

  2. canetic says: May 1, 2012 6:18 PM

    In self defense, he dragged a man out of a car and beat him. That should hold up in court.

  3. Neftali Ramos says: May 1, 2012 6:19 PM

    Yeah right, nice try trying to play the race card you loser. You’re truly a POS.

  4. antalicus says: May 1, 2012 6:22 PM

    It was probably Charlie Murphy…

  5. babyhorsemorgan says: May 1, 2012 6:25 PM

    Who will hire him with this black mark on his record?

  6. babyhorsemorgan says: May 1, 2012 6:26 PM

    He certainly looks like he is sorry.

  7. xxwhodatxx says: May 1, 2012 6:28 PM

    I’m so sick of all these thin skinned ppl out there. I’m not saying he wasn’t called names but damn just walk away.

  8. dbones750 says: May 1, 2012 6:29 PM

    Is that the guy from Beverly Hills Cop?

  9. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 1, 2012 6:30 PM

    Here we go. Let the typical “racism” thread comments begin.

  10. cincinnasti says: May 1, 2012 6:30 PM

    Eddie Murphy was the Donkey in Shrek…

  11. babyhorsemorgan says: May 1, 2012 6:30 PM

    I could see him getting upset if the guy said that he “acted like Eddie Murphy”. But what is so terrible about looking like Eddie?

  12. allseeingone says: May 1, 2012 6:30 PM

    I’d also punch out the lights of anyone who said I look like Eddie Murphy. And I am a white guy.

  13. matthewcarlson1 says: May 1, 2012 6:31 PM

    No the Vikings shouldn’t give him another chance… This dude is a scrub. If you’re completely innocent you wouldn’t have been arrested in the first place. Who cares if a “racial slur” was used? If your feelings are being hurt by words then you are a weak individual and do not belong in pro football.

  14. gavinmac says: May 1, 2012 6:31 PM

    He looks more like Sugar Ray Leonard to me.

  15. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 1, 2012 6:32 PM

    Previous reports indicated that King reacted after being teased about looking like a celebrity (apparently, Eddie Murphy).
    ____________________

    Really?!

  16. godfatherd says: May 1, 2012 6:32 PM

    Sorry, there is no excuse for beating a man to unconsciousness. Even if he said something that hurt your feelings.

  17. tapochau says: May 1, 2012 6:34 PM

    what’s wrong with looking like Eddie Murphy?

  18. wildbillesq says: May 1, 2012 6:35 PM

    Innocent until proven guilty, except in the court of public opinion…

  19. TeamBalco says: May 1, 2012 6:36 PM

    Words are piercing.

  20. wicky888 says: May 1, 2012 6:39 PM

    He must have read the tweets from the Boston Bruins fans

  21. glac1 says: May 1, 2012 6:40 PM

    If the team wasn’t entangled in a huge stadium battle…King would not have been released until AFTER proven guilty. Shame on the Vikings.

  22. duanethomas says: May 1, 2012 6:42 PM

    If the guy made the remark be prepared for the consequences that come with making it. Not advocating violence but I understand.

  23. football2011 says: May 1, 2012 6:42 PM

    Imagine what he would have done to him if he said he looked like Steve Urkel.

  24. patfic15 says: May 1, 2012 6:44 PM

    TeamBalco says:
    May 1, 2012 6:36 PM
    Words are piercing

    ^^^so are shots to the head after you have been dragged out of your car. Of course this would happen.

  25. sportmentary says: May 1, 2012 6:44 PM

    Since when is saying someone looks like Eddie Murphy, racist. Unless their were other words thrown in there.

  26. shlort says: May 1, 2012 6:45 PM

    So, apparently being called “Eddie Murphy” is an offensive racial remark?

  27. bino82 says: May 1, 2012 6:46 PM

    I heard the victim also said that his Dad can beat up Caleb King’s Dad…..and called him stupid on top of it.

  28. joemontanawasthegreatest says: May 1, 2012 6:49 PM

    Janet Jackson? You look more like Freddie Jackson!

  29. whoknowsnothing says: May 1, 2012 6:53 PM

    People should watch what they say, point blank!!!

    King should have not beat the living day lights out of the guy either.

    In the end, nobody came out a winner here.

    Over a hundred years of slavery/racism does not go away over night.

    And we are suppose to be more educated today than in the past, but look at the first couple of comments.

  30. icalledthistoo says: May 1, 2012 6:54 PM

    He got arrested up for picking up a tranny and now this! This will not help Eddie Murphy’s self esteem!

  31. 69firebird says: May 1, 2012 6:54 PM

    Who cares if he was called a name! Big cry baby!

  32. rtk23 says: May 1, 2012 6:56 PM

    Banana in the tailpipe?

  33. bigbluewreckincrew says: May 1, 2012 6:57 PM

    Looks more like Willis from different strokes than Eddie Murphy – no one crashes on each other anymore? Too dumb to have a snappy comeback? Easier to beat up a weaker person.

  34. somekat says: May 1, 2012 6:58 PM

    “over 100 years of slavery/racism”

    LOL, the idiots on these boards

  35. hieroglyphics257 says: May 1, 2012 6:59 PM

    Don’t U just love how all these die hard NFL fans start preaching non-violence? BTW…insulting oversized gladiator types, might get you punched in the face. That’s why all U cowards throw verbal jabs over blogs, and not at guys like him in person!

  36. stellarperformance says: May 1, 2012 7:04 PM

    He should have pulled his hood over his head and simply walked away.

  37. biggestredmiami says: May 1, 2012 7:05 PM

    Onterrio Smith told him to do it.

  38. skolvikesskol says: May 1, 2012 7:06 PM

    “Eddie! I want half!”

  39. preventoffense says: May 1, 2012 7:06 PM

    LOL – seriously? Are we like 5 year olds? “He called me a name!” Wow, if someone insults my sister do I get to pull out an Uzi and have at it?

  40. greymares says: May 1, 2012 7:09 PM

    imagine what he’s going to be called while doing 3 to 5.

  41. mediasloppy says: May 1, 2012 7:11 PM

    Maybe everyone needs to keep trap shut on things like this until facts show themselves. I’m sick of Americans turning on each other and all of this race stuff. It’s getting pathetic!

  42. lowender75 says: May 1, 2012 7:12 PM

    Oh good, and here I thought that hammer to the temple was completely uncalled for (rolls eyes)

  43. squared80 says: May 1, 2012 7:14 PM

    It sounds corny, but it takes a bigger man to just walk away. Honestly. To lash out at ignorance is even MORE ignorant. Be better than them. Seriously.

    As a black man myself, I’m dissapointed in those of us who aren’t mentally strong enough to rise above. We’re just playing right into racism’s hand when we lash out. Grow up already.

  44. sweetwillie66 says: May 1, 2012 7:16 PM

    Guy is a innocent

  45. babyhorsemorgan says: May 1, 2012 7:16 PM

    It’s the mustache.

  46. sweded775 says: May 1, 2012 7:17 PM

    I thought he resembled Kevin Hart more. Eddie has a slimmer face n bigger teeth. Look up Kevin Hart, comedian.

  47. babyhorsemorgan says: May 1, 2012 7:17 PM

    It was an honest mistake. They all look alike.

  48. nineroutsider says: May 1, 2012 7:17 PM

    @somekat says: May 1, 2012 6:58 PM

    “over 100 years of slavery/racism”

    LOL, the idiots on these boards
    ———————————————-
    Good point, it’s more like 350 years.

  49. polishkingski says: May 1, 2012 7:18 PM

    good thing he didn`t say he looked like marshawn lynch….POW, TO THE MOON!

  50. phillyahole says: May 1, 2012 7:18 PM

    I was going to say a young Micheal Jai White, best known as the actor who played Spawn in the 1997 film adaptation…

  51. theytukrjobs says: May 1, 2012 7:18 PM

    I don’t know much about law but how is it that he’s released without charges? Are they not sure if he committed a crime or just deciding between what degree of assault?

  52. albinorhino49 says: May 1, 2012 7:18 PM

    You better lawyer up Caleb, what little money you had will be gone. And the homeowners insurance is about to go up too. Andy is going to run you both through the ringer. Good luck Eddie.

  53. christopher525 says: May 1, 2012 7:21 PM

    “The Associated Press separately confirms that King has indeed been released from custody, that charges haven’t been filed, and that the investigation is ongoing.”

    That alone tells me that there’s not 100% proof in this right away. I am not about to condemn someone based on a story with no proof to back it up. If there aren’t any charges filed yet, that tells me that they’ve yet to find a way to prove that the side that’s been released is what REALLY happened.

  54. mnomalley says: May 1, 2012 7:26 PM

    King- “He looked juss like dat Zimmerman guy judge! I hadda get em’ fo trayvon ya feel me fam?”

  55. phillyahole says: May 1, 2012 7:26 PM

    Well I guess this puts to rest the Trayvon Movement’s belief that if the tables were turned…

  56. robinyount19 says: May 1, 2012 7:28 PM

    That’s ridiculous. He looks nothing like Eddie Murphy.

  57. wabbitslayer says: May 1, 2012 7:30 PM

    Sure Mr. Lawyer, I’ll pay you $20k for getting me out of this mess. Uh, you just gotta wait until I get paid again!!!

  58. buffaloniner says: May 1, 2012 7:34 PM

    Oh ok now that I think about it I guess I should have broken the legs of that guy who told me I look brad paisley. How dare he insinuate that one person could possibly resemble another. What a racist A-hole… riiiiiiiight.

  59. bigbaldpapahawk says: May 1, 2012 7:34 PM

    If President Obama had a son, he would look like Caleb King.

  60. itsmillertyme says: May 1, 2012 7:37 PM

    I’m surprised Jesse Jackson hasn’t called a press conference to demand that the white guy be arrested .

  61. deathmonkey41 says: May 1, 2012 7:48 PM

    Hasn’t Electric Boogaloo taught us anything, people? All problems can be solved through breakdancing. It’s sad that the youth of America hasn’t embraced the lessons that Turbo, Ozone, and Kelly struggled so hard to bring us when they were battling the evil land developer, who were trying to tear down the Community Center. Unfurl your fists so you can lay down that carboard.

  62. tweeter75 says: May 1, 2012 7:57 PM

    When all else fails go racial. I’ll be waiting for Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to get their racially devisive mugs into the media on this one. The victim will probably be charged now……his face asaulted King’s fist.

  63. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: May 1, 2012 7:58 PM

    Well that totally legitimizes it then.

  64. outlawshark says: May 1, 2012 8:06 PM

    The official story from King to detectives. I couldn’t make this up if I tried.

    From news sources: He denied assaulting the man and told detectives the man fell to the ground when King was talking to him.

    Repeatedly, apparently…

  65. juststeel says: May 1, 2012 8:07 PM

    Looks like a jailbird to me

  66. granadafan says: May 1, 2012 8:08 PM

    “mediasloppy says: May 1, 2012 7:11 PM
    Maybe everyone needs to keep trap shut on things like this until facts show themselves. I’m sick of Americans turning on each other and all of this race stuff. It’s getting pathetic!”
    ==========================================

    @mediasloppy, you can point that crooked little finger first and foremost at the lawyer for bringing up race in the first place. If the victim never said anything racial, then shame shame shame on the lawyer for trying to manipulate the public opinion by using a despicable tactic.

  67. pooflingingmonkey says: May 1, 2012 8:16 PM

    Well, if someone said I looked like Joe Piscopo, I’d be rightfully furious.

  68. citizenstrange says: May 1, 2012 8:22 PM

    Good riddance to bad rubbish but Jeff Fisher will probably sign him eventually.

  69. 6ball says: May 1, 2012 8:28 PM

    .

    Once I saw a guy kn Tampa that either was Spike Lee , or his body double.

    I was not hospitalized.

    .

  70. edenprairieballer says: May 1, 2012 8:28 PM

    King must have seen the movie “A Thousand Words” and became enraged at the memory of wasting $10 at the movies.

  71. calbsure says: May 1, 2012 8:37 PM

    Interesting, Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will make me pummel you?

  72. chitownbullet says: May 1, 2012 8:44 PM

    This is America and everyone hates everyone, you’ve got something I want, I’ve got some thing you want, you’re the wrong colour, I’m the wrong colour, you have to much money, you don’t have enough money, you’re the wrong religion, you live in the wrong region or state, you’re a member of the wrong political party, you ride a bike, you drive the wrong make and model, you are a veteran, you hate war, you are gay, you hate gays, you are a union member, you hate unions, & on & on& on.

  73. cpo187 says: May 1, 2012 9:05 PM

    King scouting report: A bruiser! Plays violent and aggressive. Sees a hole and hits it hard. Can be a little impatient at times and will sometimes let his emotions get in his way (think Ron Artest). A fan favorite in his hometown of Norcross, Georgia where crime and violence is a way of life )http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ga/norcross/crime/#data) This guys has potential of being a great success story, or a bust who may one day leave the team for jail.

  74. spinmovr says: May 1, 2012 9:14 PM

    You all would help things considerably by limiting your comments to the football related elements of this story. The legal, social and comedic attempts at commentary on here are ignorant and weak.

    Now, on to football.

    Who’s Caleb King? Oakland needs a productive #4 RB/Special Teamer

  75. espnfeedback says: May 1, 2012 9:22 PM

    Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question,’Is it politic?’ But conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’ And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but because conscience tells one it is right.

    History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the APPALLING SILENCE of the good people.

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    This place is full of COWARDS who hide anonymously behind screnames when the subject turns to race…

    @ESPNfeedback

  76. jag8r904 says: May 1, 2012 9:24 PM

    He looks just like this guy that used to play for the Vikings.

  77. vikingsfan1994 says: May 1, 2012 9:28 PM

    “matthewcarlson1 says:
    May 1, 2012 6:31 PM
    No the Vikings shouldn’t give him another chance… This dude is a scrub. If you’re completely innocent you wouldn’t have been arrested in the first place. Who cares if a “racial slur” was used? If your feelings are being hurt by words then you are a weak individual and do not belong in pro football.”

    —————————————————-

    How does that make him weak; that was the first bad thing on his record. If you don’t want to give him another chance then go **** yourself and I really hope God doesn’t give you another chance when you screw up.

  78. lejimmac says: May 1, 2012 9:35 PM

    It’s pretty clear he looks nothing like Donkey or Mrs. Klump.

  79. voiceofrealism says: May 1, 2012 10:01 PM

    You tell a white guy he looks a little like another white guy, no big deal. But you tell a black guy he looks a little like another black guy and it’s racism.
    If you believe that, you’re part of the reason racism still exists.
    Anyway he looks more like Junior Seau to me.

  80. numberoneinthehoodg says: May 1, 2012 10:21 PM

    He was insulting him about his girl.

    I buy you champagne and roses, put diamonds on your finger.
    Still you hang out all night, what am I to do? (beat some guys ass)

    My girl wants to – Party all the time, party all time, party all the time!

  81. pdkknelson says: May 1, 2012 10:51 PM

    Since he’s now unemployed, maybe King can open a Daddy Day Care. Sounds like he might have the right temperment for that.

  82. pdkknelson says: May 1, 2012 10:53 PM

    I’d love to hear a comment from Eddie Murphy on what he thinks about all this. Defend yourself Eddie!!! Your not that ugly!

  83. chrism516 says: May 1, 2012 11:11 PM

    I read somewhere else that the guy said he looked like Tracy Morgan. Either way, pummeling a guy for that is ridiculous.

  84. gacoltfan says: May 1, 2012 11:14 PM

    duanethomas says:
    May 1, 2012 6:42 PM
    If the guy made the remark be prepared for the consequences that come with making it. Not advocating violence but I understand.

     That’s right, but also if you decide to severely beat a man because he said something you don’t like, be prepared for the consequences (jail, getting fired/cut from a job that pays you several hundred thousand dollars, etc.)

  85. gacoltfan says: May 1, 2012 11:19 PM

    How does that make him weak; that was the first bad thing on his record. If you don’t want to give him another chance then go **** yourself and I really hope God doesn’t give you another chance when you screw up.

    I live in GA (where he went to HS and college) and can tell you this is definitely not his first offense. Georgia fans are as fanatical as any fan base in the country, and if they turn on you and are glad to see you go because of “character issues”, you must have some serious problems.

  86. istateyourname says: May 2, 2012 12:17 AM

    Issac from the Love Boat? Oops – love boat – probably would get beat up for that too in Minnesota…

  87. vikesfansteve says: May 2, 2012 12:26 AM

    King also said he was talking to his victim when the guy just fell down.

  88. patpatriotagain says: May 2, 2012 12:33 AM

    i’m sure there’s no testosterone issues
    cough…roid..cough

  89. doe22us says: May 2, 2012 1:06 AM

    This is when keeping it real goes terribly wrong.

  90. dawglbfan says: May 2, 2012 1:29 AM

    “over 100 years of slavery/racism”

    LOL, the idiots on these boards
    ———————————————-
    Good point, it’s more like 350 years.

    Actually fellas slavery has been around for thousands of years and still exists today. And it will always remain as long as cruel heartless people have money and power.

    He and his lawyer are both idiots, neither should have jobs after this week anyway.

  91. brewdogg says: May 2, 2012 1:31 AM

    Once again I am struck by the notion that people were probably much more polite to each other when everybody had a 6-shooter on their hip and gunfights in the street were just fine…..

  92. truthserum4u says: May 2, 2012 1:59 AM

    There’s a report that states there are witnesses who told police King dragged Hayek out of a car and struck him multiple times.

    King denied assaulting Hayek and told police he “simply fell to the ground” when he was talking to him. Hayek was admitted to the hospital with a skull fracture, facial fractures and injuries that required 50 stitches.

    I can see fracturing your skull with a fall, but how do you also get facial fractures and 50 stitches?

  93. rockbottom37 says: May 2, 2012 3:01 AM

    This organization has done nothing but gone downhill since Piggy Wolf owned this team…they will be one of the 5 worst teams in football again and finish last in their division

  94. biggestredmiami says: May 2, 2012 3:04 AM

    Sad to see a #1 recruit waste all of his talent with so much life ahead of him

  95. sudz28 says: May 2, 2012 6:02 AM

    Why would he be mistaken for Eddie Murphy? Was he found trying to pick up transsexuals at 2:00 a.m. or something?

  96. vex24 says: May 2, 2012 7:53 AM

    90% (at minimum) of these comments resemble 1902 white american attitudes towards people of African decent….”Guilty, Regardless”…”Criminal, Regardless”. Actually, I’m not shocked or taken aback. This is america, and nothing has or will change. Just because there are quite a few millionaires of African decent in this nation, nothing has changed in power relations, attitude and civil outcome. Those Dark-skinned ‘millionaires’ do not have the exceptional status of white wealthy (IE: Private Sector-ism).
    I do not come close to making any claims of innocent or guilty with regards to this issue. I do find that the vase majority of the responses reassuring that the African hatred in america lives, and it must be destroyed.

  97. jluns275 says: May 2, 2012 8:26 AM

    Get over yourself, vex24.

    King’s alleged beatdown of a man for a verbal altercation shows as much, if not more racist hatred than an alleged racial slur by the victim.
    King’s actions were unacceptable regardless & his stupidity has nothing to do with the racial diversity of the nation’s wealthy. Stupidity doesn’t care about race or financial capability. Just ask King.
    As a part of a plea bargain-if King is guilty, they should make him change his name…Caleb would not deserve to use the same name as the great Martin Luther King-a wise man of peace & tolerance, NOT ignorant violence.

  98. steeelfann says: May 2, 2012 9:34 AM

    If violence by blacks ceases, I would think things would improve. You just can’t continue to have mindless violence and crime constantly. Of course people want to be away from this.

    Racism, what a word.

    How about this word: RESPONSIBILITY

  99. walleyejon says: May 2, 2012 9:36 AM

    vex24:
    Without race playing any part in my saying this, I think you’re an idiot and it’s attitudes like yours (and King’s attorney) that keep race at the forefront when stories like this appear. I would be willing to bet that the 90+% of people (including myself) that are finding this douche bag guilty in the court of public opinion are doing so because of whole dragging out of the car thing, and his statement to police about how the victim falling repeatedly on the ground. I’m also confident that the same 90+% you are referring to (including myself)wouldn’t feel any different if he was lower middle class white Scandanavian kid from just north of Brainard who happened to get a shot at playing for the Vikings.

  100. flavordave says: May 2, 2012 9:52 AM

    “attempting to calm a situation after an offensive racial remark was directed at him”

    ———————————————-
    Ive never in my life seen an AA act calm after a racial remark.

  101. barrywhererufrom says: May 2, 2012 10:14 AM

    Comments like this is what is wrong with America..90% (at minimum) of these comments resemble 1902 white american attitudes towards people of African decent….”Guilty, Regardless”…”Criminal, Regardless”. Actually, I’m not shocked or taken aback. This is america, and nothing has or will change. Just because there are quite a few millionaires of African decent in this nation, nothing has changed in power relations, attitude and civil outcome. Those Dark-skinned ‘millionaires’ do not have the exceptional status of white wealthy (IE: Private Sector-ism).
    I do not come close to making any claims of innocent or guilty with regards to this issue. I do find that the vase majority of the responses reassuring that the African hatred in america lives, and it must be destroyed..If I disagree with Obama I am called a racist if i am white..african-americans voted for him at 92% clip but that is ok..if whites did the same what the response be from the media and the likes of jessie jackson and al sharpton..racism does exist but not around every corner..people are fed up with the bullcrap and it shows with the responses to this story..

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