Vikings' Taylor calls arrest 'misunderstanding'

Updated: January 1, 2007, 8:27 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Travis Taylor was arrested early Monday outside a downtown Minneapolis nightclub, hours after the team's season-ending 41-21 loss to St. Louis, police said.

 Travis Taylor
Taylor

Taylor, 27, had refused an officer's request that he get into a waiting limousine-bus as police tried to disperse a large, unruly crowd so an ambulance could get through around 2:30 a.m., police spokesman Lt. Amelia Huffman said.

Taylor was not allowing the bus to leave and began pushing the officer as the officer tried to separate him from the bus, Huffman said. The officer eventually used a Taser to subdue Taylor, she said.

Taylor was booked into the Hennepin County Jail on allegations of fifth-degree assault, disorderly conduct and interfering with pedestrian or vehicular traffic, all misdemeanors. He posted $50 bail and was released around 4:40 a.m.

Taylor, who will be a free agent this spring, started all 16 games and led the Vikings with 57 receptions for 651 yards.

"It was just a misunderstanding and an unfortunate situation," Taylor said Monday after a season-ending team meeting. "I was just in a limo and got pulled out. We'll discuss that later and we'll deal with the situation."

Though players have better avoided trouble this season than in the past, there have been a few. Receiver Koren Robinson was charged with drunken and reckless driving during training camp, and safety Dwight Smith was cited for indecent conduct outside a downtown nightclub a couple of weeks later. In December, defensive backs coach Joe Woods was charged with two counts of drunken driving.


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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