Vikings coach Leslie Frazier spent the majority of his news conference today talking about the fact the Vikings have had three player arrests in the past three weeks. The most recent was Erin Henderson, who was arrested Nov. 19 for probable cause for DWI and possession of a controlled subtance. Also arrested were Jerome Simpson (charged with two counts of DWI) and A.J. Jefferson (domestic assault complaint).
Jefferson was waived hours after his arrest. Simpson was benched for one play. Henderson missed Sunday's game for personal reasons. Frazier said Henderson wasn't punished.
Here's the highlights of what Frazier had to say:
After reading General Manager Rick Spielman's statement (which we posted earlier), Frazier gave some general thoughts on the issues:
"We’re taking a real hard look at what we’re doing. We went through an entire offseason and up until just a few days ago this season without incidents anytime something like this happens. It’s something that we’ll deal with and, as the statement says, methodically take a look at what we’re doing and how we’re doing it and try to get things better for the future. For me to try to answer questions regarding Erin or a couple days ago we talked about one other player who had gotten involved in an incident, I kept referring to the fact that it just wouldn’t be wise for me to go into any detail about that situation. And really it’s not any different here with Erin’s situation. I mentioned last week that he was dealing with a personal matter and that was absolutely the truth. There are some things I can’t talk about involving that situation. For myself and the rest of our team and our coaching staff, our focus has to be on the Chicago bears and whatever discipline is necessary or will have to be taken regarding Erin and those things will take of themselves.
"Whatever happens with guys that have had incidents in the past or potentially guys in the future, those incidents will be dealt with on a case by case basis. For me and the rest of our team, the focus is on getting a win on Sunday. That’s the bottom line. I can’t look back at that incident or speculate on any future incidents. The only thing I can concentrate on – and we talked about this in our team meeting this morning – is the Chicago Bears. That’s why we’re in this building, to find a way to get a win on Sunday in front of our fans at home. That’s all that really matters. Those other things, they’re going to be taken care of in the fashion that they need to be taken care of."
On when he learned of Henderson's arrest:
"I found out a few days ago and we began to handle things the way they needed to be handled."
On why he said he had no knowledge of Henderson's arrest when asked about it on Monday:
"You’d have to pull the transcript and listen to the question. This is exactly the way the question was asked to me. `Several months ago, Erin Henderson was pulled over on the highway. Do you have any knowledge of it?' I actually asked our security guy as I walked in, `Was there an incident a few months ago that I didn’t know about? Was there something that happened that I don’t know about?’ He said no, I don’t know wehre that came from. That’s where I left it."
On why he didn't mention what Henderson was going through last week:
"I’ll say what I said earlier. It was a personal matter and for me to go into detail about that situation … what you know and what most people know is what they see in the report. But it’s better for me to leave it at what I said. Whatever the fall up to that is or whatever may come from it, it comes from it."
On three incidents being handled three different ways:
"It may seem like that on the surface, but I’ll use this analogy. I don’t know if you have kids or not, but sometimes there are things that happen and you have two or three or four or five kids, whatever. In each situation, you’re trying to consistent and you’re trying to be fair about what you’re trying to do. But at the same time you’re dealing with each situation on an individual basis. I think that’s what we try to do here. Deal with each situation on an individual basis. Right, wrong or indifferent, that’s what’s happening."