Vikings' Griffin is arrested

  • Article by: KEVIN SEIFERT and ANTHONY LONETREE , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: April 15, 2007 - 11:03 PM

The cornerback, who was involved in a nightclub altercation, is the sixth member of the team arrested in the past 12 months.

Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin was arrested early Sunday morning after an altercation at the Spin nightclub in downtown Minneapolis.

Griffin was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct after fighting with staff members from the Spin, located at 10 S. 5th St. He posted $50 bail and was released at 4:45 a.m.

According to Minneapolis police spokeswoman Lt. Amelia Huffman, Minneapolis police were summoned to the Spin because security members were "physically fighting" with Griffin inside. The officers observed Griffin being carried "bodily down the stairs" toward an exit.

Spin staff members got Griffin outside and told him not to return. "[Griffin] was quite angry," Huffman said, "and was yelling at the officers, refusing to leave." One of the officers maced him, Huffman said, but Griffin still remained on the sidewalk outside the club.

"He was yelling and swearing at officers," Huffman said, "telling the officers that he was going to have them fired." At about 1:40 a.m., Griffin was arrested.

Spin officials later told police they ejected Griffin for a dress-code violation. Huffman said Griffin refused to correct the violation -- wearing his jeans too low -- and would not leave when asked.

"He threw elbows and pulled away when they tried to escort him out," Huffman said.

A Vikings spokesman declined to comment. Griffin has an April 20 court date.

Griffin, penciled in to be a starter in the 2007 season, is the sixth member of the Vikings to be arrested in the past 12 months. According to a 2003 story in the Austin American-Statesman, he also was arrested while attending the University of Texas. In that incident, he was charged for interfering with an emergency telephone call.

Because this is his first arrest since joining the NFL in April 2006, Griffin likely will not be subject to immediate discipline under the league's new personal conduct policy. The lone exception under a first offense, according to the policy, is in cases of "significant bodily harm."

A second offense can lead to fines and/or a suspension. Vikings coach Brad Childress also can levy a limited fine, or deactivate Griffin for a regular-season game -- the equivalent of a suspension with pay.

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