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Shiancoe-Sharper twitter feud ends

Posted by: under Vikings, Brad Childress, Vikings players, Brad Childress, Visanthe Shiancoe Updated: June 4, 2010 - 4:27 PM

It sounds like the twitter feud between Visanthe Shiancoe and Darren Sharper has finally come to an end.

Speaking at the Vikings annual playground build at Nellie Stone Johnson Community School in North Minneapolis, Shiancoe clearly didn't want to talk much about the issue, but he said the war of words -- or tweets -- is over. For now.

"I said what I had to say and I'm done with that for a little bit," Shiancoe said. "We'll see what happens in the future though. You'll never know what will re-invent itself in the future. Stay tuned."

Shiancoe declined to say whether anyone from the team or the league told the two players to cease. He also was a little coy when asked if the twitter feud was serious or just friendly trash talk between friends. 

"You guys will see how serious it is on Thursday night," he said, referring to the Thursday's night season opener between the Vikings and Saints on Sept. 9.

Shiancoe did say he has no animosity toward Sharper.

"It's competition," he said. "That's my boy. But at the same time, we're very, very, very extremely competitive guys. He was my locker mate for three years so we know each other well. We hang out and things of that nature."

UPDATE: Saints coach Sean Payton essentially told Sharper to knock it off, according to this ESPN.com report. "I don't anticipate it being any more of an issue," Payton said after the Saints held their first minicamp practice Friday.

Added Payton: “I think it’s fairly silly that we’re sitting in the month of June talking about two players … it would be different if they were texting each other. I don’t have a Facebook and I don’t have a Twitter or anything like that. But when you decide to do something like that, you are having a mini press conference. We make sure the players understand that."

I think this story and Shiancoe's comments pretty much signal the end of the twitter controversy.

No interest in safety: Vikings coach Brad Childress confirmed that the team has no interest in free agent safety O.J. Atogwe. "We've got who we need right now on this football team," he said.

Playground build: The Vikings and a small army of volunteers completed the playground at Nellie Stone Johnson around 2 p.m. As I wrote in a previous blog, this annual event is always a great experience to watch how excited the school children become when they see their new playground.

"Every [player] does some little facet whether it's the Children's hospital or Meals on Wheels or homeless shelters and you can go on and on with what our guys are involved in," Childress said. "But in terms of the whole organization kind of lending a hand, I think it's the best [community service event]."

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