Where Will Koren Robinson Go?

Where Koren Robinson has landed following his release from the Seahawks is not known. However, new information has surfaced regarding where he has been (and what he should not have been doing) – and where he might be going. It appears that at least two teams are interested in talking to the troubled wide receiver about filling a roster spot.

Nick Athan of WarpaintIllustrated.com, Scout.com’s Kansas City Chiefs site, has confirmed that when Robinson was released by the Seahawks on June 1, Chiefs president Carl Peterson displayed an interest in talking to Robinson. Athan says that although no meeting has been scheduled, the Chiefs will explore that option and could bring him in for a visit next week.

Kansas City was very high on Robinson four years ago when he came out of North Carolina State, and they feel that with offensive coordinator Al Saunders and wide receivers coach Charlie Joiner on his side, they can bring out his best.

The Chiefs are also bringing former Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell in for a workout next week. Like Robinson, Mitchell has shown flashes of brilliance on the field, but has been an overall disappointment throughout his four years. Both Robinson and Mitchell were drafted in the first round in 2001, and both the Seahawks and Eagles would like mulligans on those picks. Robinson’s troubles stem from a number of substance abuse issues, and Mitchell’s main problem appears to be a disturbing case of foot-in-mouth disease whenever he gets near a microphone. His verbal gymnastics have not been matched by his production on the field – over four seasons, Mitchell has caught 90 passes for 1263 yards and five touchdowns.

Peterson’s comments on Mitchell’s visit are indicative of the Chiefs’ need for talent at the position, and Peterson’s seeming curiosity about reclamation projects. “I guess I'm interested in seeing him come in and work out to see why he failed,” Peterson said. “Because he hasn't been able to be as productive as Philadelphia wished that he was. There has been something missing there. Can you find that and ignite it? Possibly.”

Kansas City cut Johnnie Morton on June 1. With the development of second-year wide receiver Samie Parker, the Chiefs felt they could afford to let Morton go. The move will give the Chiefs a $2.4 million cap cushion, some of which may very well go to one of two receivers surrounded with major baggage.

There’s no doubt that the Kansas City Chiefs are a quality organization, but they’d have their hands full with either of these gentlemen on the team.

Meanwhile, SFIllustrated.com’s Craig Massei reports that the San Francisco 49ers might be interested in Robinson as well. San Francisco ’s Vice President of Player Personnel Scot McLoughlan was Seattle ’s Director of College Scouting from 2001 through 2004 – Koren Robinson was the first Seahawks pick under McLoughlan’s watch.

However, it’s quite possible that if McLouglan has an interest in Robinson, that interest may be trumped by two factors. New head coach Mike Nolan has stressed a determination to add only “49ers kinds of guys” to the roster, which would indicate a new paradigm pointed to the importance of character – although both McLoughlan and Nolan have said that the team wants another receiver to add talent to a heretofore anemic offense, the Niners took a pass on receiver David Boston, who has gone through his own set of issues.

Second, the recent unearthing of the controversial video made by former Director of Public Relations Kirk Reynolds (which included several offensive racial stereotypes, as well as borderline pornography) leading to Reynolds’ firing leaves the organization with an enormous black eye. Hiring a player of questionable character at this point could further the perception that the 49ers remain a rudderless ship under team owner John York, as much as Nolan and McLoughlan endeavor to change that point of view.

Back in Seattle, several more pieces of information regarding Robinson’s DUI/reckless driving stop on May 6th have come to light. Mike Sando of the Tacoma News Tribune first broke the story that according to records, Robinson’s blood-alcohol level measured.191 percent in a pair of breath tests. Robinson, who consented to the tests and pled not guilty in Kirkland Municipal Court, claimed in court papers to have consumed alcohol after driving and before taking the breath tests.

Sando reports that Robinson might have to consume 10 drinks in an hour to reach .191 percent, according to estimates provided by the state’s liquor control board, and that Washington State Police records show that Medina Police officer David Obermiller administered breath tests to Robinson using a DataMaster machine at 4:35 and 4:37 a.m. on the morning of May 6th. The legal limit for blood alcohol in Washington State is .08 percent.

Sando reported that according to the police report, Robinson was cited on suspicion of DUI and reckless driving at 3:25 a.m.

Seahawks.NET staff writer Mark Olsen, who served with the South Ogden (Utah) Police Department from 1997 to 2001, says that the timeline in question could very well be accurate. “As a former Police officer, these reported times are exactly what I would expect to see from the timeline. The time that is shown for the BAC, or "blow" tests, are conducted at the station or jail,” Olsen said. “The Citation shows the time that Robinson was seen committing the crime, so if you follow the standard timeline on a DWI investigation, the driver is pulled over, and the officer feels that there is a reason to believe that the driver is driving under the influence, so he conducts the roadside sobriety tests, unless the driver refuses these tests. The driver is then placed under arrest if the officer feels that he has enough evidence to do so. After this, the driver is transported to either the police station or, more likely, to jail. The driver is brought into a controlled room with a calibrated BAC (DataMaster) machine and it is at this time that the BAC test is administered. This is the only admissible BAC test, thus the only one you will see on the official report. From the time of the infraction until the transport and official BAC test, this can take an hour or more.”

When asked about the validity of Robinson’s claim that he was drinking between the time he was stopped and the time the test was administered, Olsen discussed two possible scenarios. “That would depend on the stop. The assumption is that Robinson was in the act of driving the vehicle before being pulled over by the police officer. If that's the case, it would be highly improbable that the police would let him out of custody for any amount of time between the stop and the BAC test, and that would make Robinson's claim simply a smokescreen,” Olsen said.

”The other possibility is that the police came upon or were called to the scene while Robinson wasn't in the act of driving, but was still in lawful possession of the vehicle (sitting in the driver's seat), possibly after an accident. If this was the case, Robinson could then claim that he took the drinks after leaving his car but before the police arrived. The problem with this theory is that Koren would need to ingest 8-10 alcoholic drinks in a very short amount of time to bring his BAC to.191, which would be extremely hard to prove in a jury trial.”

But according to Sando, no accident was reported. Olsen continued, “If Robinson invokes his right to have his attorney present during the test, the tests could be administered after waiting for the attorney to arrive. The officer would finish up the original citation and paperwork, and then add the subsiquent reports when the BAC tests are given in the presence of the attorney. Also, the attorney for Robinson may have requested a blood BAC test as well as the breath test, though it was probably just two breath tests. These tests would be attached to the report as "subsiquent" to the original report. Remember, these are just my views of the facts and I really have no way of knowing what actually took place in this case.”

No matter what the scenario, Robinson must appear in court again on July 18 th for a pre-trial hearing. What city he’ll be flying in from to do so remains open to debate.

Stay tuned to Seahawks.NET for more details as they happen.

Doug Farrar is the Editor-in-Chief of Seahawks.NET. Feel free to e-mail him at doug@seahawks.net.

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