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Vikings' Sapp Cited For Assault, Careless Driving

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – In a lost season, things are only getting worse for the Minnesota Vikings off the field.

Chris Cook was arrested for domestic assault earlier this season in an incident involving his girlfriend, and now Benny Sapp has been cited with fifth-degree assault and careless driving in connection with an incident Friday morning at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis involving a 43-year-old man.

Police said Sapp and his 11-year-old son tried to enter the hospital at an entrance that was closed. A security guard instructed Sapp to enter the hospital through an another door, but Sapp and his son returned to that entrance intending to go in whether it was closed or not.

Authorities said Sapp left his son with the guard, saying that his mother was inside and that he had to go to work. When he got to his car, a security guard tried to detain him and an altercation ensued. Police said Sapp pushed the guard out of the way and then drove toward the exit ramp.

Authorities said another confrontation ensued at the exit ramp where Sapp allegedly chest-bumped a guard, then tried to use his vehicle to move the guard out of the way. It isn't known if Sapp actually hit the guard with his vehicle.

As security guards were attempting to handcuff Sapp, he complied with police orders and they cited him rather than arrest him. A Vikings spokesperson said the team is aware of the incident.

It is unlikely Sapp would face any discipline from the team with just one game left.

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