Quarterback Daunte Culpepper and three Minnesota Vikings teammates were charged yesterday with indecent, lewd, and disorderly conduct for participating in a bawdy boat party that drew national attention.
Culpepper, offensive lineman Bryant McKinnie, cornerback Fred Smoot, and running back Moe Williams each were charged with three misdemeanors for their behavior aboard a boat on Lake Minnetonka, according to court papers.
If convicted, each player faces up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for each count.
''The night of the incident, there was no shortage of inappropriate behavior on both boats," Hennepin County Sheriff Pat McGowan said.
Prosecutor Steve Tallen charged the players based on an investigation by McGowan's office, which reviewed allegations of lewd and drunken behavior aboard two craft chartered for the Oct. 6 outing.
Crew members complained that some people took off their clothes and engaged in public sex acts during the cruise, according to Stephen Doyle, an attorney representing the boats' owners.
Smoot declined comment yesterday. Culpepper and Williams, who are on injured reserve, are away from the team and undergoing rehabilitation. McKinnie wasn't seen in the locker room.
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf was unavailable for comment. Kevin Warren, an attorney for the team, said the allegations were ''very disturbing" and said Wilf wouldn't allow playoff considerations to affect suspensions if he thought they were called for.
A Jan. 5 court date was set.
Russell killed in car crashDarrell Russell, a former standout defensive lineman with the Oakland Raiders whose promising career was derailed by drugs, was killed in a high-speed car crash early yesterday.
Russell, 29, was a passenger in a car driven by former Southern Cal teammate Mike Bastianelli that went out of control about 6 a.m. and hit a curb, tree, newsstand, fire hydrant, light pole, another tree, and an unoccupied transit bus, Lt. Paul Vernon of the Los Angeles Police Department said.
Both Russell and Bastianelli, 29, were unconscious when firefighters arrived. Russell died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Bastianelli died at UCLA Medical Center.
The 6-foot-5-inch, 325-pound Russell, the No. 2 overall pick by Oakland in 1997, had a promising start in the NFL before substance abuse problems ruined his career. He had 28 1/2 sacks in five seasons with the Raiders, making the Pro Bowl in 1998 and 1999.