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Vikings release A.J. Jefferson after Monday morning arrest

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It has been less than 24 hours since the Vikings’ tie with the Packers came to an end, but cornerback A.J. Jefferson has been pretty busy.

A Hennepin County Jail spokesperson confirmed with Tom Pelissero of USA Today that Jefferson is in jail after being arrested on Monday morning on probable cause for domestic assault. There are no other details available at the moment, but we do know that Jefferson won’t be a member of the Vikings as he deals with any further legal matters related to the arrest.

The Vikings announced that they have released Jefferson. He’ll be available to any team that wants to claim him on waivers, although that seems unlikely given Jefferson’s other alleged activities on Monday.

Jefferson, who has five tackles and an interception in 10 games this season, was arrested little more than two weeks after wide receiver Jerome Simpson was arrested on drunk driving charges.

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39 Responses to “Vikings release A.J. Jefferson after Monday morning arrest”
  1. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Nov 25, 2013 1:16 PM

    If they would have released Chris Cook after his arrest, they would be a lot better off today. Ironically, Jefferson has the only interception by a cornerback this year, while Cook still doesn’t have on in his career.

  2. iamedreed says: Nov 25, 2013 1:16 PM

    I thought in America you were innocent until proven guilty???

    especially in cases of domestic violence and assault where the man is almost always arrested before all of the true information comes to light

  3. monkeyjuice313 says: Nov 25, 2013 1:16 PM

    It’s a shame he wasn’t an mediocre wide receiver…He would’ve at least still had a job.

  4. whatjusthapped says: Nov 25, 2013 1:17 PM

    I think Chris Cook took it a little too far when the Vikings coaching staff asked him to mentor AJ Jefferson. I think they were talking about the activities between the two side lines although based on Jefferson’s sub standard play, he seemed to follow in Cook’s footsteps in that department too.

    Maybe if the Viking cornerbacks would hit more on the field, their wives and girlfriends wouldn’t be in danger.

  5. packerfansarefat says: Nov 25, 2013 1:17 PM

    Good!! too bad this clown couldn’t hit anyone on the football field!!

  6. dougy1970 says: Nov 25, 2013 1:20 PM

    Only one thing comes to mind when reading such a thing, AJ Hawk isn’t a real linebacker, he just plays one on TV.

  7. thepftpoet says: Nov 25, 2013 1:21 PM

    He’s now a ex-Viking meaning his actions aren’t allowed in the Vikings organization…

    The packers signed Johny Jolly after being in prison 4 years on the same charges

    Classy organizations prove they are

  8. purpleguy says: Nov 25, 2013 1:27 PM

    He must not have injured his neck that badly in WI — what a loser.

  9. trollsetter says: Nov 25, 2013 1:30 PM

    Addition by subtraction. Maybe he can get the Packers starting QB job.

  10. steelerben says: Nov 25, 2013 1:35 PM

    I thought a tie was like kissing your sister, not beating your girlfriend…

  11. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 25, 2013 1:36 PM

    After losing the 4th straight season series to Green Bay yesterday, I suspect there was a lot of this type of behavior going on in MN last night. Unfortunately.

  12. bigjim50010 says: Nov 25, 2013 1:38 PM

    The dimbulbs in MN would probably elect him Governor. There is life after football.

  13. notcarlgerbschmidt says: Nov 25, 2013 1:43 PM

    thepftpoet says: Nov 25, 2013 1:21 PM

    He’s now a ex-Viking meaning his actions aren’t allowed in the Vikings organization…

    The packers signed Johny Jolly after being in prison 4 years on the same charges

    Classy organizations prove they are

    Funny – you should maybe go research why he was in jail before you post it. NOT SAME CHARGES.

  14. blowpackblow says: Nov 25, 2013 1:45 PM

    Good, now they have room on the roster for another QB.

  15. drewzducks says: Nov 25, 2013 1:55 PM

    Big Ben is lucky he doesn’t play for a stand up organization like Minny or he’d be on the streets or flipping burgers at the Piggly Wiggly. How soon before the Degenerate Broncos sign this clown. He can hang with their city’s limp wristed, kidnapping goalie Semyon Varlamov and have a few laughs while exchange domestic assault stories.

  16. lpd1964 says: Nov 25, 2013 1:57 PM

    This season can’t end soon enough, on a totally different topic, why did they sign Freeman anyway ?

  17. ruvelligwebuike says: Nov 25, 2013 1:58 PM

    This begs the question…

    When there is conflict in a Minnesota jail, do the inmates write anonymous letters to each other, make passive aggressive comments, and stab each other in the back…figuratively???

    Hopefully AJ can enlighten us when he gets out.

  18. obsessedvikingfan says: Nov 25, 2013 2:02 PM

    Mark Chumura, Johnny Jolly

    Enough said.

  19. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 25, 2013 2:04 PM

    Low character team.

    adrian peterson doesn’t participate in his children’s lives.

    With veteran leaders like adrian peterson…. what do you expect?!?

  20. ratsfoiledagain says: Nov 25, 2013 2:08 PM

    thepftpoet says: Nov 25, 2013 1:21 PM

    He’s now a ex-Viking meaning his actions aren’t allowed in the Vikings organization…

    The packers signed Johny Jolly after being in prison 4 years on the same charges

    Classy organizations prove they are
    ————-
    And if he happened to be a star RB on the vikes he wouldn’t have been released.

    It’s unfortunate this happened, and it shouldn’t have happened.

    But we all know it’s who you are, and how important you are, that determines if you’ll be released by a team or not. It’s the way the NFL works. It’s not team specific.

  21. taintedsaints2009 says: Nov 25, 2013 2:11 PM

    He had an interception?

  22. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Nov 25, 2013 2:11 PM

    In case you can’t read, he’s no longer a Viking. Which means we don’t tolerate this type of off the field behavior, whether it be domestic, substance abuse, or child molesters.

    *See Mark Chmura

  23. notcarlgerbschmidt says: Nov 25, 2013 2:15 PM

    In case you can’t read, he’s no longer a Viking. Which means we don’t tolerate this type of off the field behavior, whether it be domestic, substance abuse, or child molesters.

    *See Mark Chmura

    Not true my friend. * See Chris Cook

  24. glennsyank13 says: Nov 25, 2013 2:30 PM

    thepftpoet says: Nov 25, 2013 1:21 PM

    He’s now a ex-Viking meaning his actions aren’t allowed in the Vikings organization…

    The packers signed Johny Jolly after being in prison 4 years on the same charges

    Classy organizations prove they are

    ————

    What does that say about the Vikings with Simpson then?

  25. jrmbadger says: Nov 25, 2013 2:38 PM

    In case you can’t read, he’s no longer a Viking. Which means we don’t tolerate this type of off the field behavior, whether it be domestic, substance abuse, or child molesters.

    *See Mark Chmura
    ==============================

    * see Chris Cook.

  26. conormacleod says: Nov 25, 2013 2:45 PM

    When told a tie is like kissing your sister, Packer fans responded; “Don’t we know it!”

    FYI: the number of wins without your only good player remains at ZERO.

  27. coachkilla6 says: Nov 25, 2013 2:45 PM

    Hope his life partner is OK. No telling how bad AJ might have beaten him up.

  28. conormacleod says: Nov 25, 2013 2:46 PM

    *Chris Cook

    Not guilty your honor…

    There is a difference between not guilty, and time in prison.

  29. linemanguy74 says: Nov 25, 2013 2:47 PM

    Should play in GB cops would never pick up a Packer

  30. duece5 says: Nov 25, 2013 2:49 PM

    Vikings do the right thing, unlike the packer organization that allows a druggie such as Jolly on their team.

    Wait to step up Vikes and set the proper example.

  31. jonny42671 says: Nov 25, 2013 3:04 PM

    Imagine how many times this happened in GB? But cops don’t arrest Packers in Mamby Pamby land. Other teams realize there is more to life than being drunk, fat , stupid and football, well maybe except New Orleans

  32. thirdistheworrd says: Nov 25, 2013 3:15 PM

    iamedreed says: Nov 25, 2013 1:16 PM

    I thought in America you were innocent until proven guilty???
    _____________
    Legally, yes. But that has nothing to do with your job. I have every right in the world to walk around my house in my boxers, wearing a monster mask, but if I try going into work like that, it’s going to be an issue. In the eyes of the law, Jefferson is innocent, but in the eyes of the Vikings, they’re done with this jag.

  33. don2074978 says: Nov 25, 2013 3:20 PM

    He may be a “Vested Veteran” which means the Vikings will have to pay him the balance of his contract. Vested Veterans have 4 or more seasons and he was working on week 11 of his fourth season.

  34. 6kingswest says: Nov 25, 2013 5:20 PM

    To all NFL fans,

    Criticizing other teams because their players don’t behave like choirboys is pretty weak. Although I do have to say, the Packers defense PLAYS LIKE A BUNCH OF CHOIRBOYS!

  35. crisper57 says: Nov 25, 2013 5:44 PM

    AZ traded this guy to Minny for a 6th Round Pick that they turned around and used in a package to land Carson Palmer.

    Cards won that trade.

  36. Ferdinand says: Nov 25, 2013 6:43 PM

    So what were the these “Jefferson’s other alleged activities on Monday” that are so troublesome?

  37. tjacks7 says: Nov 25, 2013 6:45 PM

    Oh crap, where are we going to find another corner who can’t cover or tackle to replace him?

  38. truthserum4u says: Nov 26, 2013 10:32 AM

    crisper57 says: Nov 25, 2013 5:44 PM

    AZ traded this guy to Minny for a 6th Round Pick that they turned around and used in a package to land Carson Palmer.

    Cards won that trade.

    ————————————————–

    Yes, because that trade hinged on that 6th round pick. And there are quite a few Cardinals fans who would have argued with you before the last few games.

  39. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 26, 2013 11:54 AM

    Public Service Announcement To All Viking Fans:

    It’s NEVER ok to hit a woman. Please stop already.

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