Former Vikings defensive tackle Esera Tuaolo was charged with domestic assault this week and the alleged victim is a man. Tuaolo made national headlines in 2002 when he admitted that he is gay.
Former Viking Esera Tuaolo was charged with domestic assault this week in North Oaks, a community in Ramsey County in the eastern portion of the Twin Cities metro area. He was charged with three misdemeanor offenses – domestic assault, assault and disorderly conduct.
What will make this case interesting if it is contested is that the alleged victim in the incident is a man. Tuaolo made headlines in 2002 when he came public that he was gay and raising twins with his partner. In the world of the NFL, "coming out" isn't a common occurrence and highlighted the homophobic nature of sports.
Ramsey County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a domestic assault complaint at 5:45 p.m. last Sunday. Tuaolo was cited for the three charges after the police arrived at the scene. As is often the case in a domestic abuse case, the alleged victim was granted a no-contact order against Tuaolo. He was arrested and released Monday after posting $2,000 bail.
If the case goes to trial, it will be interesting to see how the judicial process views a case of same-sex domestic violence. Since there aren't many high-profile same-sex domestic assault cases on the record, this could serve as something of a landmark case.
A preliminary hearing is expected in August.
In an update to a previous story about Adrian Peterson's comments about missing minicamp, A.D. told The Oklahoman website that his missing minicamp because it coincided with Adrian Peterson Day in Palestine, Texas, was chalked up to simply bad timing, adding, "But it worked out. Everything's OK. It's behind me. It's in the past."
The Reggie Bush-related death sentence imposed on USC has a Vikings angle. Turns out that, as part of the investigation documents, Bush was supposed to host Percy Harvin during his high school recruit visit at USC in October, 2005, according to the web site SportsByBrooks.com. Bush is said to have blown off the night out with Harvin, leaving Harvin at the hotel while Bush had dinner with prospective business agents Lloyd Lake and Michael Michaels. Not only did Bush hurt the reputation of his alma mater, he pretty much singlehandedly robbed the school of a difference-maker like Harvin, who ended up at Florida.
Giants rookie safety Chad Jones could use prayers and well wishes. A third-round draft pick from LSU, Jones was involved in a horrific car accident that could result in the imputation of his left leg. While the injuries aren't viewed as life-threatening, a promising NFL career is likely over, since the grisly accident shattered both his left tibia and fibula. Considering what happened to his vehicle, it would seem Jones is lucky to be alive.
From the "Moment To Ponder" Department comes this: sixth-round rookie draft pick Joe Webb was a college quarterback at Alabama-Birmingham. When drafted by the Vikings, he was listed as a wide receiver. Shortly after arriving at Winter Park, he was switched back to quarterback, wearing the trademark red jersey of an untouchable quarterback. His impression on the coaching staff was such that he was "switched" back to his "natural" position of quarterback. Yet, type in the name "Joe Webb" on the official NFL website and what do you get? A ghostly image of his missing team photo and a listing as a wide receiver. How long will it take for the NFL to acknowledge Webb as a quarterback? Most likely when Sage Rosenfels gets traded or Brett Favre arrives at Winter Park.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.