Justice may not be swift but the judgment of a rebuilding football team with PR concerns and an up-in-the-air stadium situation is. So, sayonara Caleb King. Just three days after being arrested for allegedly beating a man to within an inch of his life over an insult King was let loose by the Vikings.
The running back spent most of last season inactive, only getting a spot on the roster late in the year after Adrian Peterson was hurt, and did not figure heavily into this year’s plans what with Peterson being on-schedule to return at the start of the season, Toby Gerhart being an able back-up and newly-acquired Lex Hilliard also being in the mix. In short, King was expendable. Contrast the team’s decisive action over King with last year’s handling of the Chris Cook situation for a study in the difference between being a potential star and a potential practice squad guy.
For the record, King denies all the allegations against him. He was released from jail yesterday without charges, but police say the investigation is still on-going. King’s lawyer says his client never punched anyone and the alleged victim hurled racial slurs. Somehow, a man ended up needing 50 stitches and suffering brain damage, and eventually we’ll find out exactly how that happened.