Report: McKinnie Forfeits Pro Bowl Check

Posted by cjsiewert on February 19, 2010 – 5:11 pm

According to this report by Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune, Vikings OT Bryant McKinnie must forfeit the $22,500 game check that he would have received had he participated in this year’s Pro Bowl.  Scoggins also reports that McKinnie must repay the league $4,285.13 in expenses.

Many of the reports circulating about McKinnie’s absence in the Pro Bowl stated that he had stayed out late on a few nights throughout the week prior to the game and documented these occurrences by tweeting about them.  McKinnie missed 3 of the 4 practices and the team photo leading to his dismissal from the team.

In an interview with ESPN’s Kevin Seifert on February 4, McKinnie admitted that he had gone out on a few late-night adventures, but the reason for him not attending practice was due to him getting sick.

“Yes, I did go out,” McKinnie said. “I can go out and still get up the next morning.  But my body started feeling a certain way.”

The league and the Competition Committee will review the situation to deter similar conduct in the future.

Despite the fact that McKinnie may have upset the league, teammates, and his fans, he did not break any laws and no charges were filed, which should ultimately put an end to the case.

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26 Responses to “Report: McKinnie Forfeits Pro Bowl Check”

  1. By OLD SCHOOL on Feb 20, 2010 | Reply

    Telling all of you right now……….Mckinnie and his “Problems”, is going to be a HUGE factor in the, “Is Brett coming back or not”‘ saga!!!!! Mckinnie was the soul reason for Brett getting tore up the last few games of the season…so much so, that they benched him during the Carolina game! If Brett feels as if the O-LINE will not improve….starting with the DumbA#$ that has his blind side…he will not come back to a O-LINE that can’t keep him off the ground…because he can’t scramble….and a O-LINE that can’t open up holes in the running game….so he doesn’t have to drop back and take hits because he is throwing the ball 40 or 50 times a game…Brett will not come back just to take a beating! Anyone who can’t see that these reasons are simple, but fact, are not real football fans and they don’t know the game! Brett coming back will come down to simple thoughts…Brett is simple….I think he wants to come back…but he doesn’t want to take a pounding!

  2. By moorevikes on Feb 20, 2010 | Reply

    good. i hope the vikings look to replace him. i know we have bigger concerns but to me protecting whoever is our qb should be first and foremost.

  3. By OLD SCHOOL on Feb 20, 2010 | Reply

    I think Mckinnie is not 100% in the game of football anymore! If you listen to interviews with him…he talks alot about outside interests…like his music label, and hanging with the music crowd…I don’t see him in the off season….putting the time in the gym and watching tape on the O-LINE and himself!!! I have read alot of posts in the last week or 2 concerning the draft…….I think, if there is a stud in the draft that we can get too that would replace Mckinnie in a year or 2…..draft’em ! Because Mckinnie doesn’t have his head into it!

  4. By Robin S. on Feb 20, 2010 | Reply

    Replace Mckinnie. Old School and moorevikes are right. Replace Mckinnie with someone who wants to be the best and can protect Brett. We can’t win if Brett is hurt. We want Brett back so we can get to the Super Bowl and if we don’t protect him we won’t get there. Brett should never have had the beating he got in that last game. Someone should have lost his job!

  5. By greenwayfan on Feb 20, 2010 | Reply

    It is extremely dissapointing to see these kinds of problems with a very talented athelete and an extremely high draft pick. He has so much more potential than what he has achieved to this point. His athletic ability is amazing for his size. He has a great combination of quickness and strength but I have to question his work ethic when you hear about these kinds of problems continuously with him. He should be a major factor in the Vikings winning the Superbowl next year but that won’t happen if he dosen’t mature and get past these childish mistakes. He could go down as one of the best tackles ever if he would apply himself. There are hundreds and thousands of football players that wish they had his natural ability and would put the work in to be a hall of fame tackle if they did. It is just such a waste.

  6. By letshearitvikings on Feb 20, 2010 | Reply

    back with him not being 100% in the game, its true. If you follow his twitter you’ll see how during the entire football season, 80% of his post..or more were about his record label, or record deals, or people he’s getting signed up…maybe 1 or 2 about the game of football and the upcoming games…seemed like i was following a rapper, not one of the most important players of the Vikings.

  7. By paul on Feb 20, 2010 | Reply

    Isn’t Mckinnie a pro=bowler, one 14 on the team.

    Maybe he’s fed-up with the special treatment the team and fans are willing to afford Bret Favre.

  8. By tim on Feb 20, 2010 | Reply

    stupid post paul. BRETT FAVRE is a living legend mckinnie sorry a** should just be glad he gets to block for him and the cr** he pulled at the probowl was ridiculous.

  9. By Bruce on Feb 20, 2010 | Reply

    That was a stupid post Paul. The fans and the team treat Brett that way because he gives 110% and he plays his heart out for the team and the fans. McKinnie is a part time player and the Vikings need to draft some good tackles! GOOD TACKLES = GREAT RUN AND PASS PROTECTION = MORE POINTS = WON GAMES = CHAMPIONSHIPS! Are you listening VIKINGS?

  10. By Thor on Feb 21, 2010 | Reply

    Bruce, no disrespect, but 110% percent almost sounds like an insult to Brett’s efforts. After cheering for this guy for the last year I can see that he gives way more than that. You always hear about guys who give 110% in the pros, but Brett is the first I’ve ever seen to come back time and again from countless beatings and bruises and STILL rule the field. With that said, I agree that the one factor that will keep him Favre-ing (is that an official term yet?) this year is the protection he is going to get. He came in thinking that AP was going to get the ball more than him, but ended up having to do so much more because the line wasn’t doing enough run or pass blocking. So I hate to say it, but my vote is to trade away McKinnie to move up a few quality places in the first round of the draft and get a top-end left tackle who is ready to start. I don’t know how reasonable a proposition that may be, but we desparately need to improve in this area which until this year was one of our team’s better traits.

  11. By OLD SCHOOL on Feb 21, 2010 | Reply


  12. By OLD SCHOOL on Feb 21, 2010 | Reply

    Everybody besides Paul is right, Mckinnie needs to either pull his head out of his a#$, or the Vikes need to get him out of here…because like I said in my first couple of posts on this subject, I think if Brett doesn’t come back….it will be based on Mckinnie’s sorry a#$!!!!!!!

  13. By moorevikes on Feb 21, 2010 | Reply

    paul 1st never should have been, 2nd once he didn’t show up for practice several times he was kicked off the team so , no he is not a probowler. hey mckinnie do us a favor just retire and go work on your record label. that way there isn’t a question in the coaches minds as to who to draft in the first round. i’m kinda torn tackle or d.b. either way can’t wait til late april to find out

  14. By OLD SCHOOL on Feb 21, 2010 | Reply

    I have an idea…if Paul thinks Mckinnie is on point right now with his O-LINE play, let’s give Paul a Honorary spot on the team this year and we let him QB for just 2 snaps….on passing plays….so he has to drop back…….with Mckinnie watching his blind side…let’s say…against Dallas or a team that has a better than average pass rush…………………………and then we will talk to Paul and see if his feelings have changed! LOL!!!!!!!! I would take a 3 and out to see that !!

  15. By OLD SCHOOL on Feb 21, 2010 | Reply

    The problem with my idea is that we would all be waiting to hear from Paul afterwards on this site…..but we wouldn’t hear from him…not because he is a coward………it would be because he would be dead!!!!!!!!

  16. By fmfan on Feb 21, 2010 | Reply

    Favre should of stayed retired 2 years ago when he was a packer. That was the year he threw a int to end thier season. Sound familiar…

  17. By TW VIKE on Feb 21, 2010 | Reply

    Maybe McKinnie has mental issues, like that #1 draft pick we had Underwood. If thats so get rid of him. P.S. paul also has mental issues!

  18. By OLD SCHOOL on Feb 21, 2010 | Reply

    Well FMFAN, It looks as though the packers have a thing for ending their seasons with turnovers…..Aaron Rodgers VS Cards! SOUND FAMILIAR… DUMB A#$ !!!!! PACKER FANS………..

  19. By paul on Feb 21, 2010 | Reply

    How many of you sorry a– viking fans voted for Mckinnie for the pro-bowl?

    Whats worse, missing the pro-bowl or throwing a pick that cost your team a chance to play in the Super Bowl.

    The hole offensive line got there lunch handed to them by the Saints

    Favre signed a 2-year deal. He needs to report to camp just like the other players, NO SPECIAL TREATMENT.

  20. By tim on Feb 21, 2010 | Reply

    paul sometimes people earn SPECIAL TREATMENT.

  21. By Thor on Feb 21, 2010 | Reply

    Right on Tim. However Paul has earned a different kind of “Special Treatment”.

  22. By fmfan on Feb 21, 2010 | Reply

    this is a blog about McKinnie. I came on here ro read about it and I see people writing about Favre and how he needs to be protected so we should get rid of McKinnie. What a bunch of bull!

  23. By ben on Feb 22, 2010 | Reply

    fmfan farve is the explantion for why Mckinnie has to go, otherwise saying McKinnie has to go without reason would be an empty statement. i also see effort problems with the ogre that is McKinnie. blindside is the second most important position on any team that wants to win a championship. so i dont believe farve is going to want to come out of retirement if his blind side isnt covered, however right guard is a problem spot as well, backside blocking was non exsistant for most of the season. that is why we had a sub par running attack this season. loadholt did well as rookie at RT is only gunna get better. oh and this is kind of off subject, but lets get AP running north and south next year, and not trying to make a homerun cut at or right after the hole. hes a power back with agility not a slasher with some power. let AP be AP

  24. By JIM DANDY on Feb 22, 2010 | Reply


  25. By paul on Feb 22, 2010 | Reply

    Tell that to Bud Grant

  26. By watchin and waitin on Jul 2, 2010 | Reply

    Mckinnie should be replaced so he can get on with his party animal ways ..just because you can get up the night after partying and still go to work ..doesnt mean you can perfom your job well and thats why he was benched ..because he was still half shot..

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