By Josh Katzowitz
After Chris Cook was arrested two months ago, Benny Sapp basically took his place in the Vikings secondary. On Friday, Sapp was cited for two misdemeanors (fifth-degree assault and careless driving) after an alleged run-in with security at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Sapp and his 11-year-old son attempted at 7 a.m. to enter the hospital through a door that was inaccessible at that time of day. A security guard pointed Sapp to another entrance, but soon after, Sapp returned and told the guard that he would “enter the building through the closed entrance whether he was allowed to or not.”
Sapp then left his son with the security guard, told him the boy’s mother was inside and said he had to leave for work. According to a hospital public information office, “Sapp then returned to his car in a nearby parking deck, where a security officer attempted to detain him. A physical altercation ensued with Sapp allegedly pushing the security guard and then driving toward the exit of the ramp.
"At the parking deck exit, another confrontation broke out ... Sapp chest-bumped a security officer and later ‘used his vehicle to try to move the officer out of the way.'”
Police are unclear if Sapp’s car actually touched the security guard.
The team put out a statement Friday night, via ESPN 1500, that reads, “We’ve been made aware that Benny Sapp received a citation, was not arrested and fully cooperated with the authorities."
It’s unclear what, if any, discipline Sapp will face from the team.
He joins Cook on the police blotter. In October, Cook was arrested and charged with domestic abuse by strangulation after he allegedly choked his girlfriend. The Vikings haven’t played him since.
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