Last night, Vikings running back Caleb King attended a birthday party and apparently a 22 year old man was teasing him, comparing his appearance to that of an unknown celebrity.
In the early hours of the morning, as the party was winding down, King allegedly followed the man out of the residence and punched him in the head several times and threw him head first into the ground. The man then called 911 from inside a car when King opened the door and ripped him from the vehicle.
The homeowners refused to call 911 for the man and instead offered to drive him home. When the police showed up, as a result of the initial 911 call being tracked, the homeowners then told him that nothing happened and that nobody needed assistance.
At that time, the man was inside the home. Later, he received treatment for serious wounds and needed over 50 stitches. Currently, there are worries that he received brain damage from the incident.
King was arrested but denied assaulting the man. He claimed that the man simply fell down while the two of them were talking.
Rick Spielman, according to the Washington Post, declined to comment extensively on the situation but did say the team takes these incidents very seriously and will continue to gather the facts.
King went undrafted in the NFL’s Supplemental Draft in 2011 after a failure to appear in court and academic issues saw him get the label “character concern.” He landed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent, playing fairly well in the preseason, but never appeared in a regular season game.
King figured to be in competition for the Vikings third string running back job this offseason, but this incident will likely see him quickly unemployed.
He will also likely be getting an extended stay behind bars, and if I didn’t know better, I might say that would make him look like a certain celebrity… except without career rushing totals.