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Friday, April 20, 2007

Griffin pleads not guilty

The attorney for Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin entered a not-guilty plea this morning in Hennepin County Court on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, a court official confirmed.

A pre-trial hearing was set for May 31.

Griffin, 24, was arrested early Sunday morning in downtown Minneapolis after getting into an altercation with security personnel at the Spin nightclub.

According to Minneapolis police, the Vikings’ second-year cornerback refused to pull up his pants, which were sagging below the waist in violation of club policy, and to leave the club.

After being ejected by security personnel, police said Griffin refused to leave the scene and argued with officers to the point where they felt he represented a clear and present threat, so he was maced and arrested. He was released after posting $50 bail.

Vikings coach Brad Childress had no comment Thursday on possible disciplinary action against Griffin, who is penciled in as the team's starting right cornerback.


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