Black Vikings Fumble 'Ethics'
Report; Posted on: 2005-10-13 19:01:14
A taste of Katrina on Lake Minnetonka
Seventeen members of the overwhelmingly Black Minnesota Vikings professional football team had barely finished a two-day-long residential course on ethics, civilized decorum and proper public behavior when they were cited for an alleged drug- and alcohol-fuelled wild orgy that would make their Norse namesakes* blush.
According to reports police in Mound, Minnesota and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department are investigating a series of complaints that include allegations of prostitution, drug use, public sex, intimidation and indecent exposure surrounding an October 6 (2005) yacht party thrown for team members on Lake Minnetonka. The probe comes in the wake of other disciplinary problems said to plague the Vikings franchise, as they do practically all professional sports teams.
Two yachts took the players on the cruise where the bulk of problems allegedly arose, but reports indicate there was trouble before the boats even weighed anchor. One of the limousines shuttling the players to the docks is said to have disgorged athletes who began urinating on the lawn of local homeowner Cathy Hough, according the the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune. "I said, 'Excuse me, do you mind?' And they looked at me as if I was crazy. One of them said, "It's only water, ma'am,' and he continued peeing. I said no, it's not." (The "ma'am" part may show the influence of the seminar).
Aboard the yachts, festooned in purple balloons and littered with sex toys, things heated up. Strippers -- who have been named in other cases for illegal sexual conduct involving Black athletes -- reportedly provided "lap dances" and oral sex in full view of attendees and staff. Players began pestering female employess to dance for them and, as they became drunker, screamed at and intimidated bar staff. A spokesman for the yacht owners said that captains "had to step around people who were having sex on the floor...It was a petrifying scene." Things got so out of hand that 40 minutes into the scheduled three-and-a-half-hour cruise the yachts limped back to shore.
Vikings head coach Mike Tice reflected the "boys-will-be-boys" enabling mentality that helps foster misbehavior in pro sports: "I fashion these young men as an extension of my family. So as a father and a family man, you can probably sense how I feel." Coach Tice was quick to pass the buck about ongoing problems with his players' conduct. "There have been instances in the past where I feel like my hands have been tied by contracts or union guidelines." However, Coach Tice seemed a little confused about the orgy, saying that he thought the team members had all been "on the same page" about ethics after their two-day behavioral seminar.
Professional sports rely on Black, often-uneducated players unable to handle the wealth and status bestowed on them by the highly lucrative business. Fred Smoot, who chartered one of the yachts, recently signed to the Vikings for $34 million. (Smoot has not been named in any cruise-related misconduct). The already-inflated egos of the "stars" often combines with their fame and wealth in an explosive combination that thrusts individuals such as OJ Simpson into the media spotlight for actions off the court or field. The book Pros and Cons details the chilling number of criminals in professional football alone: "Some of the better-known examples: Cornelius Bennett--rape and sexual assault; Cortez Kennedy--domestic violence; Michael Irvin--cocaine and marijuana possession; Nate Newton--sexual assault; Warren Moon--domestic violence; Jake Plummer--sexual abuse; Andre Rison--aggravated assault; Bruce Smith--driving under the influence; and Deion Sanders--aggravated assault, disorderly convict, trespassing, and battery."
Government also often helps fuel the high-stakes pro-sports industry, which is one of the largest recipients of corporate welfare in the United States. The Vikings sex scandal comes when the team is seeking taxpayer funding for a brand-new $790 million stadium. Residents in Anoka County, the stadium's planned site, are being asked to pay higher sales taxes to help fund the project. Vikings owner Zygmunt "Zygi" Wilf, the Jewish son of "Holocaust survivors" has "generously" offered only $280 million toward the total cost of his company's new digs. Wilf served as the US representative of Yad Vashem, the "Shoa" museum in Jerusalem where Israel officials take visiting dignitaries to lay wreaths.
*Historically speaking, the image of the pagan Vikings as blood-thirsty pirates is partially thanks to the fact that much of the written source material we have about them comes from their enemies, who needed to justify militant evangelization and empire building. Archaeological evidence indicates that while the Vikings had their "rough" side they were also highly cultured, innovative explorers, city-builders and world traders. They (and, later, as Normans) founded dynasties in Sicily, Britain and what is now Russia and France, as well as most of the cities in Eire.
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