By Doug Halberstadt
In this season of elections and politics, I’d like to nominate Bryant McKinnie as the dumbest player in the NFL. The offensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings was supposed to play in this year’s Pro Bowl.
Instead, because of his inability to demonstrate any personal discipline or responsibility, he was dismissed from the team. He skipped pre-game practices and team meetings. Heck, he even missed the team photo.
His excuses ranged from an ankle injury to “My mom didn’t wake me up in time.” How incredible is that from a 30-year-old man who is supposedly one of the best 85 or so players in the league? How can a guy who has played seven seasons in the NFL and cashed checks totaling millions of dollars courtesy of the league show such disrespect for the game and his fellow players?
Sources report that McKinnie spent much of his week in Miami clubbing in the South Beach area and then boasting about his escapades via Twitter. I don’t follow McKinnie on Twitter, so I can’t verify firsthand whether that’s true, but based on his past history, I don’t doubt it.
You may remember that in October 2005, McKinnie was charged with a misdemeanor for his involvement in the Minnesota Vikings boat cruise scandal. In 2006, McKinnie pled guilty to disorderly conduct and being a public nuisance on a watercraft in connection with the Love Boat scandal. He agreed to pay a $1,000 fine and perform 48 hours of community service.
He’s already gotten his second chance to prove he deserves the privilege of making a lucrative living playing professional football. I don’t think he realizes how fortunate he is. Based on his current transgressions, it’s obvious he doesn’t understand it. That’s the reason he’s getting my vote for the dumbest player in the NFL. In my opinion, he doesn’t deserve a third chance.
From the Feb. 3-9, 2010 issue.