EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - The legal troubles plaguing the Minnesota Vikings football team continue with word of the arrest of another player.
Eden Prairie Police announced Wednesday that Vikings middle linebacker Erin Henderson was pulled over just before 3:20 a.m. Tuesday, November 19 and arrested for DWI and possession of a controlled substance.
The arrest occurred at the Fredrick-Miller Spring, just north of Flying Cloud Drive on Spring Road in Eden Prairie. Henderson was booked at the Eden Prairie Police Department and released.
On Wednesday Henderson spoke to the media, insisting that his arrest and the fact that he missed practices last week and Sunday's game against the Packers are two separate matters. Still, he was contrite.
"I apologize to my teammates and the organization for this situation arising."
Henderson said his leave was related to the stress and pressure of playing in the NFL and fighting for a job every day while trying to support a family. He says the Vikings have given him the tools to make changes.
"I think something like this will give me an opportunity to step back, look in the mirror, look at my reflection and become happier with the person I am," Henderson told reporters.
Henderson is suing the Department of Public Safety to prevent the state from revoking his driver's license.
In recent days the Vikings have dealt with fallout from the arrests of wide receiver Jerome Simpson for DWI and cornerback A.J. Jefferson for domestic assault. Vikings GM Rick Spielman was compelled to release a statement following Henderson's arrest.
"The fact that we have had three recent off field situations is unacceptable and disappointing. Our organization looks at each situation and the circumstances involved to determine our actions with those players and how to best move forward."
"The Vikings have a comprehensive approach with our player development program and excellent resources that are a part of this organization," Spielman continued, "but certainly we will take a methodical look at how we can improve upon our current programs to prevent these situations in the future."
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