The Vikings are currently in the thick of Week 2 of OTAs, and Jerome Felton is reaching deep in the apology piggy bank for an explanation of his recent arrest.
“I never want to put myself in that kind of situation and shed negative light on this team,” Felton said, according to Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune. “The Vikings have been really good to me. The fans have been great. I love it here. And I can’t put myself in negative situations that have a not positive impact on the team and the community.”
Felton, who signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Vikings in March said he doesn’t want to hurt the team chemistry.
“Everybody’s trying to be positive here,” Felton said. “The team’s doing a great job with that. And I definitely don’t want to be the person who has the negative influence.”
Head Coach Leslie Frazier was predictably unhappy about the five-year veteran’s arrest.
“We talked about some things when we got together for our first OTA in our meetings and how we wanted to conduct ourselves,” Frazier said. “And then when a new guy comes to the club, and he’s a veteran guy and something happens like it did over the weekend, it’s very disappointing. It’s something we’ll have to deal with and have to address.”
The only step left in the process is punishment by the team and/or league. The protocol seems to be a wait-and-see-what-the-guys-with-badges-do-about-it approach. But no matter what, given Roger Goodell’s heavy-handed punishment style, Felton is more than likely going to hear something from the Commish sooner or later.