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Gov. Dayton blames 'idle time' for string of arrests

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08:03 AM ET 07.18 | Gov. Mark Dayton has heard more about football than he'd like over the past year, particularly from a legal standpoint. The Vikings' 10 arrests since 2011 are almost twice as many as any other NFL team, and their 39 arrests since 2000 also lead the league. Dayton championed legislation that authorized the state to finance $348 million toward a new Vikings stadium to replace the Metrodome. "Idle time is the devil's play," said Dayton, describing the NFL's six-month offseason. "It means that young males who are heavily armored and heavily psyched as necessary to carry out their job are probably more susceptible to being in bars at 2 o'clock (in the morning) and having problems. It doesn't excuse it. It just says this probably comes with it."

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July 18, 2012  08:07 AM ET

Wow.

July 18, 2012  08:09 AM ET

If you can't lead the league on the field....

July 18, 2012  08:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Wow.

I'm not buying it that fast Otis... I need to see stats.

July 18, 2012  08:17 AM ET

One would think they were a college team with numbers like that.

July 18, 2012  08:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I'm not buying it that fast Otis... I need to see stats.

you don't believe the Pioneer Press? HA!

July 18, 2012  08:19 AM ET

I Got a Lot of Idle Time and Haven't Been arrested, although I might add, I don't live in Minnesota!!!

July 18, 2012  08:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

you don't believe the Pioneer Press? HA!

I gave up on them during the last Favre watch.

July 18, 2012  08:28 AM ET

What an enabler! These football players are adults who chose to break the law. Extra supervision or calisthenics are not the answer.

July 18, 2012  08:30 AM ET

Meanwhile.....



It was the tweet Washington Redskins fans have been waiting for:

"Well people....It's Time to go to Work!!! Off the unemployment line and oh yea HTTR!!!!"

Just before 8 a.m. Wednesday Robert Griffin III tweeted that he had signed a deal with Redskins, meaning he'll be at training camp when it opens July 26.

NFL.com's Albert Breer reports that the deal is worth is worth more than $21 million fully guaranteed.

July 18, 2012  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I Got a Lot of Idle Time and Haven't Been arrested, although I might add, I don't live in Minnesota!!!

My guess is you aren't under the age of 30 with millions of dollars to "make it rain" whenever you want either.

July 18, 2012  08:33 AM ET

Maybe the Vikes need to find a boat to spend their idle time on....

July 18, 2012  08:35 AM ET
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Meanwhile.....It was the tweet Washington Redskins fans have been waiting for:"Well people....It's Time to go to Work!!! Off the unemployment line and oh yea HTTR!!!!"Just before 8 a.m. Wednesday Robert Griffin III tweeted that he had signed a deal with Redskins, meaning he'll be at training camp when it opens July 26.NFL.com's Albert Breer reports that the deal is worth is worth more than $21 million fully guaranteed.

Let the circus that is the Washington Redskins begin!

July 18, 2012  08:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Just before 8 a.m. Wednesday Robert Griffin III tweeted that he had signed a deal with Redskins, meaning he'll be at training camp when it opens July 26.

Hail to the Redskins!

July 18, 2012  08:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Let the circus that is the Washington Redskins begin!

Or end.... Take your pick Whitey.

July 18, 2012  08:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Hail to the Redskins!

HAIL!!!!

July 18, 2012  08:39 AM ET

Better brothels would keep these boys out of the bars.

July 18, 2012  08:40 AM ET
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Or end.... Take your pick Whitey.

For the record, I'm hoping it will end. I'm looking forward to the Cowboys-Redskins rivalry to be revived.

July 18, 2012  08:43 AM ET
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For the record, I'm hoping it will end. I'm looking forward to the Cowboys-Redskins rivalry to be revived.

One of those games is on Thanksgiving Day.

July 18, 2012  08:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

For the record, I'm hoping it will end. I'm looking forward to the Cowboys-Redskins rivalry to be revived.

It's good to see teams that have been "down on their luck" turn things around for themselves. Maybe this season will be the start of that for the Skins. I'm looking forward to seeing RGIII in action.

 
July 18, 2012  08:50 AM ET
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For the record, I'm hoping it will end. I'm looking forward to the Cowboys-Redskins rivalry to be revived.

True... Hurts my heart to see those games not mean much Nationally.

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