McKinnie Gets Court Date

Vikings offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie will have his first day in court March 17 as he responds to charges that include a felony aggravated battery claim.

Vikings offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie is scheduled back in court March 17 in Miami-Dade (Fla.) County Court to answer to charges of aggravated battery, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest without violence. The battery charge is a felony that could have some serious repercussions, making it only part of the problem McKinnie will be facing.

Having been in trouble with the law over the Vikings rookie party boat scandal, McKinnie is now subject to potential fines or suspensions by the league for this violation. The league has taken a hard line toward players whose off-the-field conduct has been a problem, and McKinnie has put himself in place to receive a suspension of anywhere from one to four games.

According to the police report, the brawl began when a security guard at the Club Space nightclub slapped a camera phone out of McKinnie's hand. McKinnie then allegedly picked up a pole and struck the man in the back of the head.

In the Vikings' new culture of accountability, it will be interesting how Brad Childress handles this situation. He has come down hard on players in the past, the most recent being the release of safety Dwight Smith. McKinnie is the only player remaining with the team of the four that were charged in the Lake Minnetonka boat incident.

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