Minnesota Vikings running back Caleb King was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault in the beating of another man outside a birthday party, the Anoka County sheriff’s office said Saturday.
King, who signed with the Vikings as a rookie free agent last year but didn’t play in a game, was jailed but hasn’t been charged.
The man who was pummeled “supposedly” by King, was a 22-year-old from Coon Rapids. King is accused of punching him repeatedly and throwing him headfirst to the ground. The man was hospitalized in serious condition with skull and facial fractures, as well as with cuts that required more than 50 stitches to close, Sheriff’s Cmdr. Paul Sommer said.
The man ”may have a very serious brain injury,” Sommer said.
”I just was made aware of it today and I don’t have any further comment on it right now,” Vikings GM Rick Spielman said. ”We’re still collecting and gathering information, but we are aware of the situation.”
It’s just another off-the-field issue for King, who was a highly recruited RB at Georgia who ran into multiple problems during his college career. He was arrested for failing to appear for a court date on a speeding ticket and declared academically ineligible in his final year at Georgia and went undrafted in the supplemental draft before signing with the Vikings.
Really Caleb King? Are you mentally ill? Are you a drunk? What is the matter with you?
The alleged altercation began at a birthday party in Oak Grove to which King and the man were invited. About 3:15 a.m., the man allegedly teased the 24-year-old King about his resemblance to an unspecified celebrity, Sommer said.
Haha, what a great reason to destroy someone’s face. “Hey Bro! You look like Randy Quaid!”
When the man went outside to wait for a ride home, King followed him and punched him in the face, deputies said. The man got into the car, locked the passenger door and called 911, but King allegedly opened the driver’s door and pulled the man out.
The man, whose name was not released, told investigators King punched him several times in the head and face and threw him down.
The man said he asked the homeowners to call 911 but they told him they’d drop him off at home.
Good move guys. Let’s lie about the story completely. I’m sure that’ll go over well.
King was arrested without incident. He denied assaulting the man and told detectives the man fell to the ground when King was talking to him, Sommer said.
Can we just ask the NFL to throw trash like this out of the league? Let him work for a living at Target- after he does some jail time. What a joke.