McKinnie, Johnson arrested on pair of misdemeanors

Updated: September 26, 2005, 4:20 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Two Minnesota Vikings linemen, Bryant McKinnie and rookie Marcus Johnson, were arrested in connection with a scuffle at a gas station early Monday.

McKinnie, Minnesota's starting left tackle, was held on suspicion of disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process, according to jail documents. He was freed on $50 bail.

Johnson, a second-round draft pick from Mississippi who started at right guard in Sunday's 33-16 win over New Orleans, was booked on suspicion of the same charges shortly after 3 a.m.

McKinnie and Johnson were scheduled to appear in court Oct. 3. Coach Mike Tice said he was told that there wasn't a fight and that the players didn't do anything wrong.

"Once the story comes out, I don't think any of us will be disappointed," Tice said. "Let's see how it plays out before we judge."

McKinnie was not in the locker room during the time it's open to the media on Mondays. Johnson did not speak with reporters on his way to a meeting of the offense.

Messages left with McKinnie's agent, Ben Dogra, were not immediately returned Monday.

The arrests came after officers were called to clear out a large crowd from Bobby & Steve's Auto World near downtown, police spokesman Ron Reier said.

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