Vikings have double the league average of player arrests since 2000

They are our heroes. The New York Times Upshot column analyzes the arrest records of players on NFL teams over the last 14 years and I’ll give one guess who leads the league — and at double the league average. Writes Neil Irwin, “The Minnesota Vikings have had the most players arrested since 2000. The number of arrests by team range from a low of 11 (tie between the Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans and St. Louis Rams) versus a high of 44 (the Vikings), with the Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos close behind. To look at it a different way, across the league from 2000 through 2013, 2.53 percent of players were arrested per year, but for the Vikings, that number is 5 percent. For the three teams tied for fewest arrests, it is 1.3 percent.” Skol, Vikings!

The Pioneer Press’s hedge-fund controlled parent company is now talking about a sale of some or all parts. From Digital First Media: “CEO John Paton said the company has retained UBS Securities to review a full range of alternatives — including selling the entire company, selling regional clusters or doing nothing. … In addition to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Digital First’s largest properties include the San Jose Mercury News, the Denver Post, the Los Angeles Daily News, the New Haven Register, and the Salt Lake Tribune. … The company is controlled by the hedge fund Alden Global Capital.” Does this mean they see no way to build equity through more lay-offs?

A nasty virus seems to be affecting kids in Minnesota and overwhelming hospitals. Stribber Jeremy Olson says, “Whether any Minnesota children have been infected with enterovirus D68 won’t be known until lab tests confirm the virus, but officials at two pediatric hospitals in Minneapolis said their emergency rooms and inpatient units are full of children suffering labored breathing and wheezing — symptoms associated with the strain.”

Who knew: lower prices were good for the college business? At MPR, Alex Friedrich writes, “Two years after Concordia University announced a massive tuition cut, the school has enjoyed its second consecutive enrollment jump — suggesting that its bold experiment in college finance is paying off. Officials at the St. Paul school say it is coming out ahead financially and better positioning itself as a viable alternative to public universities, which are traditionally seen as less expensive.” I’m certain the for-profit industry will follow suit.

Classy. James Shiffer of the Strib reports on a possible Social Security fraud. “For the second time in recent months, one of these [third-party payee] organizations — called representative payees — has lost its contract with the Social Security Administration. Richfield-based Greenleaf Payment Services handled the benefits of 290 vulnerable recipients when it was terminated in July, and it’s now the subject of an investigation by Social Security’s Office of Inspector General, an agency spokeswoman said Thursday.”

Slate’s Andy Kiersz cooks up a listicle of the most affluent towns in every state. And no, you knee-jerkers, it isn’t Edina.

And where is the line between “likely” and “highly likely”? Dave Chanen at the Strib says, “A 24-year-old rapist indefinitely committed to Minnesota’s controversial sex offender program since 2012 on Thursday became one of its few inmates to be released. After a review ordered by the state Supreme Court in April, retired Sibley County District Judge Thomas McCarthy ruled that Cedrick Ince is likely to sexually reoffend. But, McCarthy said, there wasn’t clear and convincing evidence that Ince met the legal criteria for commitment as a person ‘highly likely’ to reoffend.”

Tomorrow night’s Replacements show at Midway Stadium is getting plenty of attention. Our Jim Walsh turns up both here and in a Strib piece, and Chris Riemenschneider adds, “One of the best things about the new-era Replacements gigs — or at least the three I’ve seen — has been the sight of the Replacements playing in the thick of today’s rock ’n’ roll frontline with bigger, younger crowds; seeing fans who weren’t alive when ‘Tim’ came out sing along loudly to ‘Bastards of Young’ and ‘Left of the Dial,’ seeing the band fit in easily on festival lineups with Arcade Fire, Spoon, Jack White, Best Coast, the Hold Steady and other bands that picked up where they left off…”

The White House is making a new effort to counter Muslim radicalization around the country, including here in Minnesota. Says Allison Sherry in the Strib, “Obama administration officials are engaged in reaching out to Muslim communities across the United States — including Minnesota — to try and get them to speak up if they see radicalization taking place. Speaking to reporters Thursday, Phil Gordon, White House coordinator for the Middle East, said officials ‘were very attuned’ to ISIL’s propoganda machine — on social and print media — that has tempted some young American muslims to join the movement in the Middle East.”

Forget about the Lafayette Bridge over the weekend. MPR’s Tim Nelson reports, “The Highway 52 Lafayette Bridge east of downtown [St. Paul] will shut down so crews can install anti-icing equipment on the northbound side of the bridge, move barricades to widen lanes and other work. The northbound side of the bridge will close from 5:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. between Concord Street and East 7th Street. The southbound lanes of the bridge between East 7th Street and Concord Street will close from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.”

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Comments (8)

  1. Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 09/12/2014 - 04:59 pm.


    Maybe they should change their colors to purple and orange. This doesn’t surprise me one bit. This is why I don’t spend my hard earned money watching these clowns. And we are building them a stadium.

    There is one in the news today. Ray Rice isn’t the only one.

  2. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 09/13/2014 - 09:13 am.

    Clearly Adrian Peterson Was Abused

    If, in beating his own son about the buttocks, upper thighs and groin area to the point where he left open wounds (as testified to by a doctor),…

    Mr Peterson was only doing to his own son what had been done to him,…

    he was clearly abused.

    In suffering that abuse, he was programmed to react to his own child, when triggered by something in that child’s behavior, to have his behavior move beyond his own conscious control,…

    and become the child he was when his own father beat him,…

    using his adult body to throw the violent, unreasoning tantrum he was in the midst of throwing when his father sought to beat that kind of behavior out of him and teach him “never to do that again,”

    (at least that’s likely what the father told himself, because that was what his father had told him, and his father had told him, etc.)

    That tantrum coming out of an adult body was aimed at a 4-year old child, but it could just as likely have been aimed at an older child, a spouse, a parent, a fellow player (depending on the circumstances which led to his original abuse).

    None of this excuses what Adrian Peterson did to his son, nor the behavior of any abuser, but only to name the mechanism by which, once it starts (and it can start with siblings, friends, competing gang members or drill sargeants, coaches, etc., as well as parents), each generation, in inflicting abuse on the next, programs those children to abuse those who come after.

    My underlying question is, what is it about those who have been wounded in this way that causes so many of them to find a home in the hypermasculine world of professional football, even at the risk of their own health and well being.

  3. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 09/13/2014 - 09:28 am.

    RE Adrian Peterson

    Wounds suffered by those who have been abused can be healed and the behaviors they cause DEprogramed from the psyches of those victims who might, all-too-easily become pepetrators,

    which is a much more useful approach than attempts on the part of well-meaning authorities to teach those who have demonstrated such behaviors “never to do that again” by severely punishing them,…

    which only adds to their dysfunctions and is only based on the dysfunctional desire for revenge to be meted out in ways that only guarantees that there will be MORE violence and abuse in our society, not less.

  4. Submitted by Steve Titterud on 09/13/2014 - 02:50 pm.

    No sympathy here for Adrian Peterson

    Attorney Rusty Hardin’s immediate PR spinning made sure that the numerous repetitions in the news would FEATURE a claim that Peterson was subjected to the same kind of treatment as a child. This propaganda was wildly successful, as it was proliferated numerous times, and in virtually every news item I saw online and in the Star-Trib.

    It is intended to arouse sympathy for Peterson himself as a victim, and to go further by explaining his behavior is merely what he’d been taught.

    Some have swallowed this whole.

    The two pictures I’ve seen online show the after-effects, the wounds of a real beating – and these showed only a few of the boy’s wounds, which were apparently spread across his body, including in the genital area.

    We should completely REJECT Attorney Hardin’s appeal for sympathy and understanding. The victim here is a 4 year old boy, NOT the adult professional football player who wielded the stick !!

    • Submitted by richard owens on 09/14/2014 - 10:00 am.

      Reject sympathy and understanding?

      If you do reject both sympathy and understanding, it is unlikely you have much left but vengeance against the father.

      Corporal punishment is institutionalized across the country, and particularly in Texas, where schools are permitted to use the paddle to beat offending misbehavers. Is you did live and grow up in that culture, you would be likely to believe corporal punishment is appropriate and effective.

      Alternatives to hitting and hurting to change behavior need also to be learned. Someone needs to model the “timeout” or the redirecting of acting out behaviors into better alternatives, none of which appear magically when some kind of discipline is needed.

      Vengeance without understanding or empathy probably won’t teach the perp anything new, nor will it make him a better parent when he is tested again. The next incident may just be driven to greater secrecy.

      Cruelty to stop cruelty is ineffective on all counts.

      Maybe we could all examine what it is that makes us react to domestic violence with a need for vengeance. After all it is just another form of violence that perpetuates itself.

      • Submitted by Steve Titterud on 09/14/2014 - 11:27 am.

        Your ideas about vengeance are completely your own,…

        …as I’ve said not a single word in that vein. It is your bizarre logic which says the only thing left is vengeance if you don’t cater to Peterson’s attorney’s PR spin. Your strange claim is completely untrue.

        On the contrary, what’s left when you turn your attention away from sympathy and understanding for the adult abuser is primarily a concern for the 4 year old – especially since despite being beaten to the point of raising welts all over his body and bleeding from his wounds, he didn’t cry. I’m no child psychologist, but it concerns me that despite the extreme pain and heartbreak that little boy no doubt felt, he somehow repressed the natural tendency of a 4 year old to cry when hurt.

        The fact this little boy had defensive wounds on his hands (reported in the press) says a great deal about his relationship with his father, don’t you think ?? No one was there to protect him from the football player. He was trying to protect himself – a 4 year old !!!

        There’s plenty left to be concerned about after you set aside Peterson’s attorney’s appeal for sympathy and understanding for the adult abuser. If you resist his invitation to confusion, your concerns naturally focus on the child.

        On the other hand, you seem far more concerned about the football player.

        • Submitted by richard owens on 09/14/2014 - 05:27 pm.

          Sorry to mischaracterize your post.

          Understanding and sympathy of an out-of-control parent wouldn’t hurt the boy any more than he has been. Somehow, I doubt this is the first time a Peterson kid got switched. I think the father thought he was doing the right thing until he saw the poor child’s wounds.

          I’m offended you think I am defending Peterson.

          Though you didn’t recommend punishment, you did reject the lawyer’s appeal for compassion.

          Compassion (some alternatives to violence) is what this family needs.

          Help the family. Don’t just punish the dad.

  5. Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 09/14/2014 - 06:09 pm.

    No sympathy here either.

    I have no sympathy for him, either. This guy should know how to behave.

    There is a lot of criticism of the prevalence of fatherless homes in the African American community. It is pretty clear that these black youth are better off without a father than they are with abusive philandering one as a role model.

    It’s pretty clear that the apologists are out in force. Would Mr. Peterson get the same treatment by those defending him if he were white?

    I commend the Vikings management for suspending him.

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