Vikings' Tom Johnson Tased, Pepper Sprayed, Arrested, Police Say


In only the latest incident of a Vikings player getting in trouble with the law, defensive tackle Tom Johnson was arrested for disorderly conduct and trespassing this weekend, stemming from an incident at the restaurant Seven that police say involved all sorts of force to restrain the player, from pepper spray to a taser.

When the defensive tackle wouldn't leave the restaurant early on Sunday morning, police say, they had to resort to serious tactics. Johnson was arrested but released from jail later in the morning, and he'll next see a judge about the whole case on October 17.

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ESPN managed to get ahold of Johnson's lawyer, who said Sunday night that there was nothing to the report and that, "Upon clearing Mr. Johnson's name, we will move forward with the appropriate legal action."

The Vikings, meanwhile, have said that they're waiting for more information and playing wait-and-see.

Obviously, the timing of the arrest isn't great news for the Vikings, who are coming off a few more high-profile legal incidents. The most glaring was the indictment of Adrian Peterson on child abuse charges (and the insane chain of events that followed). But don't forget wide receiver Jerome Simpson, who was cited for drug charges back in July.

Add all the arrests and indictments up, plus the recent obliteration at the hands of the Packers, and this simply hasn't been a good past few months for the team.