For the second time in less than two months, Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson has been arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, according to Tom Pelissero of USA Today Sports. This time, it seems as though it will cost him his job.
Pelissero is reporting that Henderson was arrested in Chanhassen, Minn. and booked at 3:03 p.m. New Year's Day. He is facing four charges, including second-degree DWI refusal.
The team is likely to release him when rosters are unfrozen, according to Pelissero.
Henderson was also arrested for suspicion of drunk driving on Nov. 19. He had his drivers license revoked, though he has yet to be formally charged with a crime. He is in the midst of a lawsuit against Hennepin County over that incident, asserting that police coerced him into submitting to a breathalyzer and did not have probable cause for arresting him.
Vikings blog Daily Norseman notes that Henderson's problems are much larger than the potential damage to his football career.
Put aside the fact that this arrest will very likely end Henderson's career with the Vikings. If either of these allegations are true, it's clear that Henderson has a serious problem with drinking and driving. At this point it's beyond whether or not he can help the Vikings win on the field; it's becoming fairly clear that he needs help off of it.
Again, this is all innocent until proven guilty, and everyone deserves their day in court before the public automatically assumes that a person has done what the police have accused them of doing. But this is definitely starting to look like a troubling pattern for someone that may have just played and drank himself off an NFL roster.
Henderson sat out two games following the first arrest before returning to the starting lineup in Week 14. He finished the season with 112 tackles, four sacks, one forced fumbles and two interceptions.