E! reality series celebrity Kendra Wilkinson slipped into drama queen mode Tuesday outside Dick's Sports Barbers in Edina.
The December 2010 Playboy cover girl and former stripper was not in the mood to have her presence videotaped by unapproved MEdia. Those Playboy pictures were, by the way, from two years ago, and while she's sometimes funny on TV, her only discernible acting abilities are playing spoiled and whining.
A production crew was waiting inside Dick's to shoot the first haircut of her baby Hank, 1, presumably for a future episode of "Kendra," on which the baby and her NFL journeyman husband Hank Baskett, who plays for the Vikings right now, are regulars. Baskett didn't seem to recall being two feet away from me and my video camera (see www.startribune.com/a70) last month in the locker room when I interviewed him about his wife's then-absence from Minnesota.
Immediately after I addressed Baskett by name as they walked into Dick's, Wilkinson said, "Oh wait," put a hand up to her face and made an about-face, returning to their pickup truck. "We've got to go," she told her husband.
This was their second swipe at the haircut, originally scheduled for Friday, before Wilkinson reportedly informed a production crew waiting at Dick's that baby was sick.
As Baskett strapped the baby into his car seat, I turned off my camera and was walking away when Wilkinson stuck her head out and yelled something unkind at me.
Shocking, I know, given how classy she seems on TV.
When I turned around I noticed that she was making what appeared to be a vulgar hand gesture, although behind those super-tinted windows she could claim to have just been waving goodbye. She smiled as I asked if she'd really come to Minnesota, then called me a name.
She'd better watch that mouth. Baby Hank's getting to an age where he's likely to repeat, at an inopportune time, something he shouldn't have heard Mommy say.One conspicuous ride
Where were the plates on that purplish or maroon pickup truck Hank Baskett was rolling?
There was no license plate on the front or back. It was almost too easy to pinpoint their ride in the parking lot, although my timing was just magical (even knowing a little something about when Vikings have time away from Winter Park).
Can't believe Baskett wasn't stopped all over the metro in that conspicuous ride, although police may be preoccupied with snow-related road issues.
Don't tell Hank or Kendra this, but I felt bad about my part in baby Hank not getting his haircut at the iconic Dick's Sports Barbers.
Wilkinson haughtily flipping her wig was something I had not anticipated. After all, she got her reality TV start as one of "The Girls Next Door" (an unfortunate role that included responsibilities as one of Hugh Hefner's "girlfriends." Ick.)
If Wilkinson had just continued walking into the barber shop, this would not have been unusual video. All I expected to get out of being there was video, shot through the window, of Hank's haircut, as members of her crew tried to obstruct my view.
Dick's doesn't need Kendra's business. That place stays packed.Lots of holes
There are apparently as many holes in Viking Pat Williams' knowledge of what's going on as there are in the offense and defense of this year's Vikings squad.
Friday night, one of my editors ran into the defensive tackle at the SuperAmerica on Vernon Avenue near Hwy. 100. Williams, in possession of a dozen or more doughnuts he'd just purchased, was asked if the Giants had made it in yet, and Williams said "Yes."
That was almost as wrong as the team's sorry performance that may have played Leslie Frazier out of a Minnesota coaching job Monday in Detroit, scoring just three points more than a doughnut.
These Vikings were as flat as the Dome after Snownami 2010. Is there any chance these hothouse Vikings can get pumped up enough to play well against the Bears outside at the Gophers' stadium Monday night? I'm too through with Tarvaris at QB; let's test drive my other Alabama boy, Joe Webb!
As I tweeted many weeks ago: Enjoy your 6-10 Vikings!
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