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Former Vikings cornerback arrested and charged with battery

Former Minnesota Vikings corner Mackensie Alexander was arrested on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero reported that former Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mackensie Alexander decided to leave training camp with the Cincinnati Bengals in order to return home to Florida and help find his father, who went missing on Monday.

Alexander’s father and another man reportedly went on a berry-picking trip on Monday and the other man decided to leave the former Vikings corner’s father behind according to Pelissero.

After arriving in Florida, Alexander reportedly had a confrontation with the man who left his father behind. This resulted in the current Bengals cornerback getting arrested and charged with battery.

Father of former Minnesota Vikings cornerback still hasn’t been found

The purpose of Alexander flying to Florida was to help find his 65-year-old father who went missing on Monday. His father still hasn’t been found and now the former Minnesota corner will have to wait until he is released from jail to help his friends and family in the search.

Alexander was in the middle of his first training camp with Cincinnati. The former Vikings cornerback signed a one-year deal with the Bengals this offseason after spending the last four years in the Twin Cities.

Alexander’s tenure in Minnesota ended on a bit of a sour note after Mike Zimmer made him play in the team’s meaningless Week 17 matchup against the Chicago Bears last season. The talented corner wound up injuring his knee during the game and he wasn’t able to appear in either of the Vikings’ two playoff games.

It was a strange decision by Zimmer to play Alexander against the Bears, especially since he Minnesota’s top slot cornerback last year. It obviously rubbed Alexander the wrong way and he decided a small, $4 million deal with Cincinnati was better than returning to the Vikings for another season.

Now, he’s dealing with the disappearance of his father and football is likely one of the last things on Alexander’s mind.

His father was last seen wearing, “a white shirt, black jeans with a stripe on the sides, and blue Nike tennis shoes with a white line on the soles,” according to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office. If anyone has any information that would help in the search for Alexander’s father, please call 863-763-3117.

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