An NFL spokesman said in an e-mail this morning that the league is reviewing Bryant McKinnie's failure to show up at Pro Bowl practices last week, a move that caused him to be removed from the NFC roster on Saturday. The game will be played today in South Florida.
Greg Aiello wrote in an e-mail that McKinnie's actions will, "be reviewed for a possible fine in addition [to] his loss of his Pro Bowl game check." Asked if McKinnie could find himself facing a suspension from any regular-season games, Aiello wrote, "a suspension is not being contemplated at this time but we have not completed our review."
McKinnie, the Vikings left tackle who was elected to his first Pro Bowl this season, has had past issues that have landed him in hot water with the NFL and no-nonsense commissioner Roger Goodell. In 2006, he was docked a game check ($41,176) for his involvement in the Vikings' 2005 "Love Boat" incident on Lake Minnetonka. (McKinnie, by the way, received a seven-year contract extension worth $48.5 million in September 2006 that will run through 2013. That deal included $18 million in guarantees.)
McKinnie's troubles did not end with the boat incident. In 2008, he was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. That came after he got into a brawl outside a Miami nightclub in February 2008. McKinnie forfeited $764,706 of his base salary of $3.25 million while sitting out.
The NFL took McKinnie off the Pro Bowl roster Saturday. He had been slated to play right tackle in the game but was booted from the team after skipping three of the four practices, the team photo and all but the first meeting Tuesday night.
McKinnie tried to explain after the fact on Saturday that he was unable to play in the game because of injury but by then the league had made its decision to make the move. McKinnie also did not help his cause by tweeting about the events he was going to late night last week in South Florida. McKinnie, who played college football at Miami, lives in that area.
Aiello said there is no timetable for when the NFL's review will be completed.