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Monday, April 16, 2007

Griffin arrest

Here are some additional details on the early Sunday morning arrest of Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.

According to Minneapolis police spokesman Lt. Amelia Huffman, police were summoned to the Spin nightclub in downtown Minneapolis after Griffin got into an altercation with club security personnel.

"He was originally asked to correct a dress-code violation (wearing his shorts too low)," Huffman said. "He refused the request and was asked to leave. He also refused that request and that's when he began fighting with the security staff."

Huffman said police arrived on the scene while Griffin was being removed from the club.

"Our officers came along and were notified by the security staff that they had an uncooperative person," she said. "He was asked by the officers to go home but refused to do that. He kept yelling at them, getting up in their face to where they felt he represented a clear and present threat so they maced him. He still refused to leave so he was arrested for disorderly conduct and failing to obey a police officer."

According to the Hennepin County Sheriff's jail roster, Griffin was booked at 2:05 a.m. and released at 4:45 a.m. after posting $50 bail.

The Vikings' starting right cornerback has a 9 a.m. Friday date in Hennepin County Court.


Blogger Colinito said...

Damn, I can't believe the Vikes are now on Turd Watch.

I can understand, though. Dress codes at clubs are stupid. What the f* do the people making the music that they're listening to at the club wear? But those same people would be denied access?

I think most dress codes are racist in origin, and I'm glad Showtime fought back. $50 fine ain't nothing. Can't let the baldheads walk all over you...

5:24 PM  
Blogger Colinito said...

Go see to hear the truth. Showtime wasn't doing anything wrong. Just pigs in Minnesota hatin' and perpetratin'.

10:02 PM  
Blogger Andrew E. said...

That probably the case, but if one is going to be an entertainer, one has to accept the realities of the situation.

The appropriate remedy to being discriminated against is to leave the club when asked, and then file a discrimination lawsuit. A club is a private place, and once one is asked to leave, one is trespassing if one remains there. If Griffin works as a pipe-fitter, it doesn't really matter. As long as he works as a pro athlete in Minnesota, he needs to understand that there are some limitations on his actions.

I'm not suggesting that he's a bad guy for doing this. I see a dramatic difference between violent offences, crimes against women and DUI compared to non-violent offenses and marijuana use. Griffin did show bad judgment, though.

10:19 AM  
Blogger Colinito said...

He was in the VIP room of the club, and the MANAGER of the club invited him to stay. He left the VIP area to go to the bathroom, when an over-zealous bouncer harrassed him and took him out of the club (without a fight).

He went to complain to a nearby police officer about it, and the cop maced him.

Poor judgment by Showtime indeed..

12:53 PM  

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