K-Rob Responds

The stories about Koren Robinson checking into an alcohol rehabilitation facility have been overblown, according to Robinson. While he has visited the treatment center, it was for counseling, not treatment.

Koren Robinson set the record straight Friday – as in straight and sober.

Robinson, who became the subject of media reports late Thursday when his agent said he "entered a rehab facility" last month, came to his own defense Friday with selected media access.

Anyone who has ever dealt with alcohol abuse knows that recovery is an ongoing process. Robinson, who signed a three-year, $12.7 million deal before free agency began (including $5.5 million in guaranteed money), said Friday that he had not checked into the South Carolina treatment facility, he simply went to re-affirm his sobriety. At any AA meeting, there will be someone who says he or she has been sober for eight years and four months. Why? It's a milestone moment in their lives. They remember the day that their lives without alcohol began again.

The fact that K-Rob sought help should be applauded. The reality that talk radio in Seattle Friday portrayed Robinson as a version of Otis Campbell is sad. Last year, his teammates voted him as the winner of the Ed Block Courage Award – a testament to what he has accomplished. Recovery from alcoholism is a process and Robinson has taken a strong stand to help rectify the problem and his stint working with people at the treatment facility is part of staying on the road to sobriety.

SATURDAY NOTES
* The Vikings are expected to announce a multi-year deal with the City of Mankato and the University of Minnesota-Mankato to keep training camp at its current site.
* Prior to being traded by the Vikings, Randy Moss got word that a deal was in the works and lobbied to be traded to the Eagles or the Ravens. But, neither team would come up with the proper offer and both were eventually burned by Terrell Owens.
* Denver punter Todd Sauerbrun is expected to be suspended for four games after testing positive for ephedra, a drug that came on the NFL's banned substance list following the death of Korey Stringer.

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