Vikings lineman McKinnie pleads not guilty to brawl charges

Updated: March 17, 2008, 9:24 PM ET
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MIAMI -- Minnesota Vikings tackle Bryant McKinnie has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a street brawl outside a Miami nightclub last month.

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McKinnie's attorney, Larry Kerr, said Monday that McKinnie also requested a jury trial.

McKinnie faces charges including aggravated battery, which is a felony, and three misdemeanors after a street brawl outside Club Space in February.

A police report said officers found McKinnie "in the middle of a large crowd, throwing punches and again yelling obscenities."

Kerr said McKinnie was not in court Monday. The next court date is April 11. Kerr declined to comment further about the case.

Shortly after the arrest, Vikings coach Brad Childress said he hadn't determined yet whether he will punish McKinnie.

The 6-foot-8, 335-pound former first-round draft pick is a staple on the offensive line, teaming with guard Steve Hutchinson and center Matt Birk to form one of the best in the league.

He could face discipline from the league, which is cracking down on unruly behavior by its players off the field. McKinnie has a history of misbehavior, most notably when he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct following the infamous "Love Boat" incident on Lake Minnetonka in 2005.

McKinnie signed a seven-year, $48.5 million contract extension in September 2006.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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