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Football star King arrested on assault charge

Photo by Christine Troyke

Photo by Christine Troyke

OAK GROVE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings running back Caleb King, a former high school football standout in Gwinnett County, was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault in the beating of another man outside a birthday party, the Anoka County sheriff's office said Saturday.

King, who played at Greater Atlanta Christian and Parkview, was jailed but hasn't been charged. He signed with the Vikings as a rookie free agent last year but didn't play in a game.

The victim was a 22-year-old from Coon Rapids. King is accused of punching him repeatedly and throwing him headfirst to the ground. The man was hospitalized in serious condition with skull and facial fractures, as well as with cuts that required more than 50 stitches to close, Sheriff's Cmdr. Paul Sommer said.

The man "may have a very serious brain injury," Sommer said.

"I just was made aware of it today and I don't have any further comment on it right now," Vikings GM Rick Spielman said. "We're still collecting and gathering information, but we are aware of the situation."

It's the latest off-the-field issue for King, a highly touted recruit at Georgia who ran into several problems during his college career. He was arrested for failing to appear for a court date on a speeding ticket and declared academically ineligible in his final year at Georgia and went undrafted in the supplemental draft before signing with the Vikings.

"We take each situation as it comes in and evaluate it and make decisions of where we feel that player is," Spielman said. "And if it's a risk or something that we don't want to deal with, then we'll deal with it.

"But we're not the only NFL team that has its situations. We try to prevent those because it's very important to what we're trying to build here, and you just have to deal with them when they come and make decisions based off that."

The alleged altercation began at a birthday party in Oak Grove to which King and the man were invited. About 3:15 a.m., the man allegedly teased the 24-year-old King about his resemblance to an unspecified celebrity, Sommer said.

When the man went outside to wait for a ride home, King followed him and punched him in the face, deputies said. The man got into the car, locked the passenger door and called 911, but King allegedly opened the driver's door and pulled the man out.

The man, whose name was not released, told investigators King punched him several times in the head and face and threw him down.

The man said he asked the homeowners to call 911 but they told him they'd drop him off at home.

In the meantime, emergency officials were responding to the 911 call. Although there was no one on the line, a dispatcher pinpointed the location of the call and sent a sheriff's deputy.

The homeowner told the deputy there was no problem at the residence and nobody needed assistance, even though the man was inside with very serious injuries, the sheriff's office said. The man was eventually taken to a hospital.

King was arrested without incident. He denied assaulting the man and told detectives the man fell to the ground when King was talking to him, Sommer said.

King is from Norcross.

Comments

BenDover 2 years, 7 months ago

Why does this surprise anyone? King has a history wherever he goes, from Parkview, to GAC, To UGA and now to Minnesota. and the beat goes on...

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dentaldawg83 2 years, 7 months ago

calling King a football "star" is quite a stretch.

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Mack711 2 years, 7 months ago

He should do a 'stretdh' for this one. No player college or pro should be permitted to play with a record like his. But if you enforce this on him then half of Congress and most pro sports would not have anyone working.

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Georgia 2 years, 7 months ago

That is just silly. Why shouldnt he be able to do his job? His job is different than yours and mine. He plays by different rules. As well as congress. Get over it

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Sthrnldy 2 years, 7 months ago

Bless your heart, you must be a paid relative of King. If found guilty, he has proven time and time again he is not worthy of all the gifts he has been given to play the game of football for a living.

He plays by different rules? ....... NO!

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Mack711 2 years, 7 months ago

Do not know what type of job you have but in mine you have a police record and conduct yourself as he has done YOU ARE FIRED. Most who have an education that we worked for would not put our job on the line for something like this.

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Karl 2 years, 7 months ago

I agree with dentaldawg83. King couldn't get through high school without special treatment, couldn't make it at UGA and was signed as a free agent last year but played in NO games.

How in the world can you refer to him as a 'Star'? He played some HS and college football, when he wasn't hurt or suspended. You should call him a football player (or former football player), but not a 'Star'.

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rg3 2 years, 7 months ago

I'm quite certain that most people are calling him something, but not "star".

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Gundoctor1 2 years, 7 months ago

Another Thug football player. Then the brain surgeon "Georgia" defends him. Way to go buddy.

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Karl 2 years, 7 months ago

I believe (hopefully) that "Georgia's" comment was meant as sarcasm.

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Georgia 2 years, 7 months ago

Why? Professional athletes do play by different rules.

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Mack711 2 years, 7 months ago

Now Boortz has this story complete with the police report and history of King. http://www.boortz.com/weblogs/nealz-nuze/2012/apr/30/did-you-hear-one-about-dumb-jock/

At the time of printing the GDP may not have had all the details but some were left out

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suedehead 2 years, 7 months ago

The GDPand AJC stories are the same AP report.

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Linda 2 years, 7 months ago

King in a thug pure and simple. Children look up to sports figures and this is the example he gives them, what a joke. I want to know if the man he assulted is white or black.

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news2me 2 years, 7 months ago

I guess he was at GAC for football, not for the free education and required religious studies he most likely received will attending. People like King that are given so much - time and time again - for their athletic talent --- all wasted! The sad part is he doesn't have the decency to value a human life. Thug is the appropriate stereotype - label to place on him.

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toby 2 years, 7 months ago

Will Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton come out in support of the victim?

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