Within three weeks last month, there were three Vikings players arrested, the last incident happening on November 19th, 2013. Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson was arrested for having possession of a controlled substance and a probable cause DWI.
Henderson had a blood-alcohol level of .11 when he was pulled over; the legal limit in Minnesota is .08. He was arrested by police then released shortly after. With the case still being under investigation, he has not been charged thus far.
The linebacker did not practice or participate in the game versus the Green Bay packers due to “personal issues”. When asked about if the arrest had anything to do with him not practicing or playing, he said it was not the reason for his absence.
Soon after, Erin Henderson’s attorney, David Valentini, filed a petition to the Hennepin County courts to get the linebackers driving privileges back. In the petition, Valentini states that the officers did not have a probable cause to pull Henderson over. He states that he was not driving erratically and didn’t fail any sobriety tests after being pulled over.
When Erin was asked about the incident, he stated that it was a wake up call for him and that it was something he may have needed in the long run. He said that it would help him progress and become the person he is capable of being.
Minnesota Vikings general manager, Rick Spielman stated, “The fact that we have had three recent off field situations is unacceptable and disappointing. Our organization looks at each situation and the circumstances involved to determine our actions with those players and how to best move forward”.