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Not the off the field news we’re used to in recent years
More breaking news: @Vikings Jayron Kearse arrested for suspicion of DUI and carrying a firearm without a permit
— Leah Beno (@LeahBenoFox9) October 27, 2019
Kearse, who has been used sparingly in recent games, is now dealing with a whole new set of issues. If convicted, a first DUI conviction in Minnesota is a misdemeanor, with a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Carrying a firearm without a permit is considered a gross misdemeanor, and the maximum penalty for that is one year in jail. He is currently being held without bail on the weapons charge.
Regardless of how this plays out in the courts, Kearse could still be suspended by the NFL’s personal conduct policy, as well.
A short while ago, the Vikings issued a statement:
The Minnesota Vikings are aware of the situation involving Kearse and put out the following statement: “We are aware of Jayron’s arrest and are gathering additional information at this time.”
— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) October 27, 2019
Although off the field news like this was a fairly common theme for this franchise in past years, things like this under the Wilf ownership, and particularly since Mike Zimmer was named head coach, have become rare.
As more information becomes available, we’ll pass it along.
UPDATE: Seth Kaplan provides context for what happened from the police report:
Here is the report on the Jayron Kearse incident. pic.twitter.com/aVlvePUGmy
— Seth Kaplan (@Seth_Kaplan) October 27, 2019