The news about Koren Robinson's arrest in Mankato for drunken driving and other related charges is sad, indeed. For some, alcohol is the road to ruin and there's no excusing what Robinson did, especially causing a high-speed chase down Hwy 169.
While it's not clear what the results of this latest incident will be, we can reasonably surmise that Robinson's career with the Vikings is probably over and his NFL career is as well. He came into the league following a stellar career at North Carolina State, having played a key role in defeating the Gophers in the legendary Micronpc.com bowl way back in 1999. Who could forget that day? He joined the pass-centric attack of the Seattle Seahawks and under the tutelage of Mike Holmgren, learned the NFL game. But he couldn't stay away from the bright lights and developed a significant drinking problem. Seattle eventually released Robinson after a series of incidents and he came to the Vikings with hat in hand last season. He needed a chance and the Vikings were the last chance he had. He thrived under the laissez-faire coaching of Mike Tice and soon became a key contributor to the team. He was rewarded with a multi-year contract and league-wide praise for his courage in facing the demons. Only Monday, sportscaster Michele Tafoya sang his praises on Monday Night Football. But one day later, he threw it all away.
As a Wisconsin boy, I've seen and done a lot of drinking in my time. But, for whatever reason, I've been able to largely walk away from the lifestyle. I have a beer about once a month these days and haven't gone out drinking at all, except for a few random bachelor parties. I can see the allure is still there, but it's not been that difficult to walk away. I'm lucky, I guess. I do hope that, someday, Koren Robinson can defeat his demons once and for all.