posted on Jun, 6 2004 @ 04:53 PM
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Three Minnesota Vikings players were arrested after a fight outside a downtown Minneapolis bar early Sunday.
Vikings coach Mike Tice confirmed to The Associated Press the arrests of linebackers E.J. Henderson and Mike Nattiel, and tight end Steve Farmer.
"I have not been able to find out anything concrete yet,'' Tice said.
The three players were arrested along with a fourth man after a fight outside the Tabu nightclub in the Minneapolis Warehouse District.
A man, whose name was not released, was beaten and taken to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, police spokesman Ron Reier said. His
condition wasn't known.
Police released the names of those arrested, but would not confirm that the three are Vikings players.
Officers said they saw the men who were arrested assaulting the victim, Reier said. After the man was knocked unconscious, he continued to be kicked,
punched and stomped on his body and head, Reier said.
Police had to call in officers from other precincts to disperse the crowd, Reier said.
The Vikings players and the fourth man arrested were in the Hennepin County Jail pending formal charges.
Henderson had 27 tackles in 16 games in 2003, and Nattiel had 24 tackles and one interception. Farmer was signed by the Vikings as a rookie free agent
in May 2003.