Four Minnesota Vikings, including quarterback Daunte Culpepper, were charged today with misdemeanors alleging lewd or indecent conduct in connection with a party on Lake Minnetonka in October.
The other players charged were tackle Bryant McKinnie, running back Moe Williams and cornerback Fred Smoot, who was one of the organizers of the annual party put on by a first-year player from the team.
On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger (above, right) confirmed no players would face federal charges. Crew members from Al & Alma’s Supper Club and Charter Cruises said women who were paid to come to Minnesota from other states for the party were seen having sex with players.
All four players were charged with one count of indecent conduct, one count of disorderly conduct and one count of lewd and lascivious conduct. All charges are misdemeanors.
The complaints gave this account of the allegations:
Culpepper got a lap dance from an unidentified, naked female in the bar area of a boat and that he placed his hands on the naked buttocks of the dancer.
Williams, in an area near the boat’s downstairs bathrooms, received a lap dance from a bare-breasted dancer and touched her breast.
Smoot was accused of using a sex toy on two women in the presence of numerous guests.
Witnesses reported that they saw McKinnie “pick up a naked woman, place her on the bar in the lounge area, and commence to perform oral sex on the woman.” At a different time in the evening, the witnesses said they saw “Mr. McKinnie along with three other unidentified males receiving oral sex from four women while the men were seated in deck chairs on the boat.”
Not to make light of a serious case of anything, but it should be said that in a time when many adult heterosexual males refuse to do-that-thing, Bryant McKinnie’s willingness to perform oral sex in public ranks him as one of the great libertines this side of Todd Jones. The 2005 (playoff-bound) Minnesota Vikings — they’re not all bad, after all.