Vikings' Culpepper, three teammates charged in bawdy boat incident

Posted: December 16, 2005

Quarterback Daunte Culpepper and three Minnesota Vikings teammates were charged yesterday with indecent, lewd and disorderly conduct for participating in a bawdy boat party that drew national attention.

Culpepper, currently on injured reserve, Bryant McKinnie, Fred Smoot and Moe Williams each were charged with three misdemeanors for their behavior aboard a boat on Lake Minnetonka, according to court papers.

If convicted, each player faces up to a maximum of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for each count.

Prosecutor Steve Tallen charged the players based on an investigation by Hennepin County Sheriff Pat McGowan's office, which reviewed allegations of lewd and drunken behavior aboard two craft chartered for the outing on Oct. 6.

The criminal complaints state that Culpepper got a lap dance from a naked woman, and put his hands on her buttocks; McKinnie placed a woman on a bar and performed oral sex; Smoot used a sex toy on two women; and Williams got a lap dance from a topless dancer and placed his hands on her breasts.

Smoot declined to comment in the team's locker room before practice yesterday. Culpepper and Williams, also on injured reserve, are away from the team and undergoing rehabilitation. McKinnie wasn't seen in the locker room.

A Jan. 5 court date was set for the players.

Noteworthy

* Cincinnati rookie receiver Chris Henry was arrested on traffic and marijuana charges in Covington, Ky., yesterday, but later practiced with the team. The Bengals said in a statement it wouldn't take any action until his case goes through the court system.

* Atlanta's Michael Vick took all the snaps in practice, and coach Jim Mora, who listed Vick as probable with bruised ribs the day before, removed his quarterback from the team's injury report.

* Darrell Russell, a former standout NFL and Southern California defensive lineman whose promising career was derailed by drugs, was killed in a high-speed car crash in Los Angeles. Russell, 29, was a passenger in a car driven by former USC teammate Mike Bastianelli, who also died as a result of the crash. Russell was the No. 2 overall pick by Oakland in the 1997 draft.

* New England quarterback Tom Brady jogged on the field at the start of practice, but remains questionable for tomorrow's game against Tampa Bay with a left shin injury.

* Wide receiver Bobby Wade, released by Chicago earlier this week, was claimed off waivers by Tennessee. *

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