When Leslie Frazier was promoted to head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, fans of the organization thought they would at least be getting a leader capable of keeping a group of young men out of trouble.
With Chris Cook, Caleb King, Rhett Bomar, Tyrell Johnson, and Everson Griffen all having gotten into trouble under Frazier’s watch it is now fullback Jerome Felton that continues the trend.
Felton, a free agent signing this offseason, was arrested on a second degree DWI charge after refusing to submit to a chemical test. Felton landed in Hennepin County Jail early on Saturday morning, but was released later in the day after making a $12,000 bond.
“We are aware of the situation and working to gather more information,” a Vikings statement read. “We’ll have no further comment at this time.” Felton’s agent also declined to comment.
Felton has no prior known incidents with the law and will likely escape punishment from the NFL, but to Vikings fans this is just another case of a completely preventable embarrassment occuring when it shouldn’t have.
According to Tom Pelissero of 1500 ESPN, the Vikings offer a car service to their players to utilize in instances that they should not be driving. Apparently, Felton had a reason (a good one or otherwise) for not utilizing the service and is now on the hook for embarrassing himself and the team.
Felton was penciled in by many, including myself, as the presumed starting fullback this upcoming season and it remains to be seen if this incident impacts his chances in any way.
All I know is that these guys have to get their act together.
There is not enough talent on this team, or any NFL team for that matter, to have starters sitting in jail cells on Sundays, or sitting at home on suspensions.
Oh, and as if my disgust isn’t making itself known enough: Driving drunk is a selfish, dangerous, and idiotic thing to do… no matter who you are.