Minnesota Vikings’ defensive tackle Tom Johnson was arrested by Minneapolis police early Sunday morning and charged with one count of trespassing and one count of disorderly conduct, both of which are misdemeanors.
According to police records, the Minneapolis Police arrested the 30-year defense tackle and booked him into the Hennepin County jail at 3:18 a.m. Sunday morning. Johnson was released shortly after posting $78 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on October 17. This is Johnson’s first season playing for the Minnesota Vikings. He played for the New Orleans Saints for three seasons prior to being picked up by the Vikings.
The Associated Press reports that Johnson was given a tab charge, which typically involves misdemeanor charges and is given by the arresting officer.
Details regarding the incident remain unclear at this time. Johnson’s agent, Bardia Ghahremani, issued a statement shortly after his client was released from jail, saying that he is confident the charges will be dismissed. Ghahreman also hinted towards possible legal action in connection with the allegations against his client, although it’s unknown to whom these actions will be taken. “Upon clearing Mr. Johnson’s name, we will move forward with the appropriate legal action,” Ghahremani said.
The Minnesota Vikings also released a statement of their own following news of Johnson’s arrest, noting that they are aware of the incident and working diligently to gather information.
“We are aware of the matter involving Tom Johnson,” the Minnesota Vikings said in a statement. “We are continuing to gather information and will have further comment at the appropriate time.”
Earlier this year, the Minnesota Vikings made news when their star running back Adrian Peterson was arrested and charged with negligent injury to a child. The team has barred Peterson from all games, practices and activities until the case is resolved. Peterson is expected to appear in court Wednesday. Wide receiver Jerome Simpson also had a run-in with the law, when he was arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and driving with an open alcohol container back in July of this year. Simpson was discharged from the Vikings following this incident.
In a report published by USA Today, the news agency says that the Minnesota Vikings have more arrests than any other team in the NFL since 2000. According to USA Today, Johnson’s arrest is the 47th for the Vikings team in 14 years.