Investigation of party continues

first_img When a group of Minnesota Vikings players chose to party amid bartenders and hostesses accustomed to working family functions and company outings, the result was a major uproar. Any criminal charges that come out of complaints about lewd behavior on the boats are likely to be minor, a law-enforcement official directly involved in the investigation said Thursday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But as details about the Oct. 6 party emerge, the Vikings reel in a stream of negative national publicity. Team owner Zygi Wilf is expected to talk about the Vikings’ latest headache for the first time this morning. The blowup stems at least in part from the choice to hire the boats and crews from Al & Alma’s, two law-enforcement officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case. “Basically, it’s a crime of stupidity,” one of the officials said. “We got naive young kids catering, watching 350-pound athletes’ engaged in lewd conduct, said one of the officials. “There are probably only two or three other cities in the country where this incident would have happened and not made news or generated a complaint. I’m thinking Los Angeles, New York and possibly Chicago. That stuff doesn’t go down well here.” Steelers update Ben Roethlisberger isn’t the Pittsburgh Steelers’ only injury worry with Sunday’s game against Jacksonville approaching. Wide receiver Hines Ward missed practice for a second consecutive day Thursday with a nagging hamstring injury. If Roethlisberger and Ward can’t practice today and neither player has been on the field since Monday night’s 24-22 victory in San Diego it seems unlikely they will play. Most weeks, the Steelers require a player to practice at least once before a game to play, though coach Bill Cowher said he does not have a blanket policy. “It’s case by case,” Cowher said Thursday. “Obviously, if you have somebody who hasn’t practiced all week, you have to take that into account. We are just going to look at all the circumstances and go from there.” Parker hurting Chargers wide receiver Eric Parker was added to the injury report on Thursday with a sore back. However, Parker is listed as probable for Sunday’s game at Oakland. Outside linebacker Steve Foley continues to be listed as questionable with an abdominal injury, but coach Marty Schottenheimer said he did almost everything at practice on Thursday. ACLU sues on fan’s behalf The American Civil Liberties Union in Florida filed a lawsuit Thursday in Tampa on behalf of a Buccaneers season-ticket holder seeking to halt pat-downs at games at Raymond James Stadium, claiming they are a violation of Florida’s Constitution. The pat-downs are part of a league directive issued this season that all fans are patted down above the waist before entering stadiums. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Strippers flew in for the party. Football players pulled up in limos. As a pair of chartered boats eased onto Lake Minnetonka, booze started flowing and, according to crew members, a sex party began. Investigators now believe that the strippers from Atlanta, Florida and elsewhere who joined the party apparently work for a high-class escort or call girl service that caters to professional athletes, two law-enforcement officials said. The party was a far cry from the typical gathering handled by Al & Alma’s Supper Club and Charter Cruises, a mom-and-pop outfit in Mound, Minn., that one cop involved in the case called a “Perkins on the lake.” last_img read more