The Minnesota Vikings’ season hasn’t exactly gone the way they originally planned. After making the playoffs last year on the heels of an incredible season by reigning MVP Adrian Peterson, 2013 has been a complete flop for the Vikings and the postseason is out of the question at this point.
From the quarterback situation being up in the air and now having started three different guys, to the questionable secondary that continues to get torched, Minnesota is just not in good shape. The last thing they need?
Trouble with the law.
This past week, linebacker Erin Henderson was arrested for “possession of a controlled substance” as well as driving while intoxicated. Henderson missed last week’s game against their divisional rival Green Bay Packers for what head coach Leslie Frazier has labeled a “personal issue” that has nothing to do with the recent arrest. According to Frazier, Henderson continues to work through that separate issue.
Henderson’s arrest means the Vikings now have three player arrests in three weeks. Joining Henderson would be former cornerback A.J. Jefferson who was arrested for a domestic assault case in which he was charged with one count of felony domestic assault by strangulation.
Also finding himself in handcuffs was wide receiver Jerome Simpson on November 9th, facing two counts of DWI.
General manager Rick Spielman said he was not particularly happy about the team’s recent troubles.
“The fact that we have had three recent off-field situations is unacceptable and disappointing,” Spielman said in a statement. “Our organization looks at each situation and the circumstances involved to determine our actions with those players and how to best move forward.”
The situations with each player over the last few weeks are a bit alarming for fans who may wonder whether or not Leslie Frazier and the coaching staff will be retained at the end of the year, or if Spielman and his front office will decide to go another direction.