MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 1: Joe Webb #14 of the Minnesota Vikings hands the ball off to Caleb King #38 in the second half against the Houston Texans on September 1, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Texans 28-0. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Caleb King Reportedly Released By Vikings After Weekend Arrest For Assault

Caleb King was released by the Minnesota Vikings after being released from jail following a weekend arrest, according to reports.

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Caleb King Released By Vikings After Assault Arrest, According To Report

It now appears that Caleb King is a former employee of the National Football League. On Tuesday afternoon, Jeremy Fowler the Minnesota Vikings staff writer at the Pioneer Press, tweeted that the Vikings have decided to release King.

King's apparent release steams from his arrest early Saturday morning when he was detained for fracturing the skull of another man at a party that King was attending.The altercation was the result of the victim telling King that he resembled comedian and actor, Eddie Murphy. King allegedly took exception to the remark and followed the victim, 22-year old Andrew Hayek, out of the party and proceeded to beat him.

King was released from jail on Tuesday without any charges being made (he was held for the maximum amount that an individual can be detained without being charged with a crime). It is believed that authorities are still compiling the information and have left the investigation open as "pending," and that a charge will be filed in the near future.

Be that as it may, the Vikings appear to not need any more information and have decided to cut ties with King.

For more on the Minnesota Vikings, go to Daily Norseman. You can also get all of your professional football news over at SB Nation's NFL hub.

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Vikings' Caleb King To Be Released From Jail, But Case Remains Active

According to the Pioneer Press, Minnesota Vikings running back Caleb King will be released from jail on Tuesday without charges. It's unclear at this time if there's now doubts about what went on with the incident, or if they're just unsure of what exactly to charge him with yet. The latter is definitely the most likely possibility, given that they're now releasing him at the maximum amount of time they're legally allowed to hold him.

Of course, everything is still active so this definitely isn't the last we've heard:

The county attorney's office is still reviewing the details of the case and determined it was premature to issue charges Tuesday, said Assistant Anoka County attorney Paul Young. He added that the investigation into the alleged assault is still active and that King could face felony-level charges at a later date.

King was arrested early Saturday after allegedly beating 22-year-old Andrew Hayek, giving him a fractured skull and nose with the possibility of a brain injury. Apparently, Hayek remarked that King "looks like Eddie Murphy," and King took offense, following him outside and beating him badly.

King's defense is that Hayek simply fell to the ground while talking to him.

For more on the Minnesota Vikings, go to Daily Norseman. You can also get all of your professional football news over at SB Nation's NFL hub.

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Man Beaten By Vikings RB Caleb King Over Eddie Murphy Comment

Arrested on Saturday for assaulting a man at a birthday party, Minnesota Vikings tailback Caleb King is already in a mess of trouble. And as more details about the incident begin to surface, King's immediate future as an NFL player looks to be in serious jeopardy as well.

The man King attacked, 22-year-old Andrew Hayek, is reportedly "up and moving and doing better" after suffering a fractured skull and having his nose completely reconstructed, but remains hospitalized. The Star Tribune had more on the assault:

When Hayek told King around 3:15 a.m. Saturday that he resembled Eddie Murphy, the mood changed dramatically.

According to an Anoka County sheriff's report, Hayek went outside to wait in a vehicle for a ride home. King allegedly confronted Hayek outside the car and struck him in the face.

Hayek got into the car, locked the passenger door and called 911. King allegedly opened the driver's side door, pulled Hayek from the car and struck him several times in the head and face before throwing Hayek head first to the ground.

According to Hayek's sister, her brother is roughly 5'6" and 130 lbs, so it's not as if he was some sort of threat to a professional athlete in King's mold. But the Eddie Murphy comment, despite being relevant for being uttered at 3:15 am, is such a playful comparison that it's extremely peculiar for King to react the way he did.

Regardless, it's clear that alcohol was heavily involved in King's decision-making, and that this situation is only going to get more media coverage in the coming days. For now though, we can take solace in the fact that Hayek is indeed improving, even if the days of Caleb King in a Vikings uniform might be a thing of the past.

For more on the Vikings, head over to Daily Norseman. For more NFL coverage, check out SB Nation's NFL hub.

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Caleb King, Vikings Running Back, Arrested On Assault Charge

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