Vikings say goodbye to Caleb King

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When running back Caleb King was arrested on charges of third-degree assault with substantial bodily harm over the weekend, it was fair to wonder how much longer the Vikings would keep him around.

Not very long, as it turns out. Jeremy Fowler of the Pioneer Press reports that the Vikings have cut King. King joined the team after going undrafted in the 2011 supplemental draft and spent most of the year on the practice squad.

King was arrested after fracturing the skull of another man at a party early Saturday morning. His victim, Andrew Hayek, is “doing better”, according to his sister, after the attack, which was reportedly precipitated by Hayek telling King that he resembled Eddie Murphy. King was released from jail on Tuesday and charges have not yet been formally filed by the county attorney’s office. They are still investigating the incident, though, so there may be more to come on that front.

37 responses to “Vikings say goodbye to Caleb King

  1. They are now short a practice squad rb vs keeping someone like that on the team, with so much at stake with the stadium. RB is not a huge position of need for the vikes. Its a no brainer, I really think they could find allot of other prospects to fill that role.

  2. apparently, if King has any resemblance to Eddie Murphy, it’s not because of his sense of humor.

  3. Hell, if ANYBODY was going to hit Hayek for that remark, it should have been Eddie Murphy!!!!!

    King is UGLY compared to him!

  4. Is Mr. Hayek white? Is this a “hate crime”? Why no uproar like with Zimmerman? Fracturing a skull over a bemusing comment? He must be racist.

  5. Good riddance, but it is kind of a hypocritic standard to hold onto Chris Cook on the basis that criminal charges are not resolved, but cut this practice squad guy (even if he gets ticked for looking like Eddie Murphy). It’s a double standard based on talent and too much celebrity similarity.

  6. This guy needs to rot in jail for at least 5 years; that will thicken his skin a little. Why not just knock him out instead of brutalizing him like that? Senseless…

  7. I’m waiting for King to argue that he was delirious at the time of the attack.

  8. The kid was 150 lbs and 5’6. The worst part is the people at the party refusing to call 911 & then trying to tell the police who tracked victims cell call to 911 that there was nothing wrong. They need to be charged also. What an assanine reason to beat someone or even hit them. Hope King gets the maximum jail sentence.

  9. now chris cook? i know he was found not guilty but that is different then innocent. He should have RAN out of that house and called the cops if HE is threatened.

  10. purpleguy says:May 1, 2012 5:36 PM

    Good riddance, but it is kind of a hypocritic standard to hold onto Chris Cook on the basis that criminal charges are not resolved, but cut this practice squad guy (even if he gets ticked for looking like Eddie Murphy). It’s a double standard based on talent and too much celebrity similarity.

    Theres a big diference and Cook was able to prove his case. So it wasn’t hypocritical. This was above and beyond the reation needed. Though C.C. wasn’t much better in action, it was far from what King did.
    This was a smart move by the Vikings.

  11. People tell me I look like Pauly Shore, I don’t bust their heads open however…

    ________________________________

    Mybe you should reconsider..lol ( I mean really Pauly Shore, you have a defense..lol)

  12. babych99 says:May 1, 2012 5:53 PM

    People tell me I look like Pauly Shore, I don’t bust their heads open however…
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    Tell me about it. People are always telling me I look like a cross between George Clooney and Brad Pitt. Especially women. It gets annoying.

  13. King must have had multible concussions while on the practice squad which caused the attack. His next step should be to join in with the lawsuit against the NFL.

  14. Imagine if there was ever a conversation between Rick James and Caleb King-
    “Caleb-Caleb King! What did the five fingers say to the face…?”

  15. I just tweeted him Hey Eddie Murphy……………… What a joke this kid is, thats not even an insult, these people coming out of high school are so fragile with their feelings now these days. Man Up dude

  16. My heart stopped for a second while reading that headline as I was expecting Calib King to be replaced with Minnesota.

  17. Dear Vikings,

    Thanks a lot for cutting him….now he has no job, no salary and no prospects, so when I do sue him, I won’t get anything b/c he won’t have anything to get. His lawyer probably got the last of whatever money he did have.

    Signed,

    The Victim

  18. Al sharpton and jeszie Jackson are ontheir say to comfort King. Obama blams Bush for the attack..

  19. I agree with purple guy—Chris Cook can strangle his girlfriend and be punished by being paid for the remainder of the season and the Vikings sign that great character guy Jerome Simpson but cut a practice squad player .

  20. Vikes looking to replace Caleb King with Contra74…he played college football and shoot be a boost of talent for the Vikings.

    SKOAL!!!

  21. So the Vikings breaking point is cracking some guys skull after being called a racial insult but not for admitted to punching and choking your girlfriend(Chris Cook)…..what a bunch of hypocrites.

  22. …..he was found NOT guilty in a court of LAW. Perhaps every situation is unique, thus its treated differently

  23. the guy that did my senior pictures years ago asked my permission to send them into a David Hasselhoff look-alike contest. Now if ANYONE deserved to be beaten……

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