McKinnie enters pretrial diversion program

March 12th, 2009 – 9:43 AM by Chip Scoggins

Left tackle Bryant McKinnie was successful in his attempt to enter a pretrial diversion program to avoid trial stemming from a fight outside a Miami nightclub last February.

McKinnie, who faced four charges, including one felony, was set to go to trial on Monday, but the state and judge allowed him to enter the diversion program during a hearing on Wednesday.

The conditions of the program include: 25 hours of community service, six sessions of counseling for anger issues and obviously he must avoid being arrested. The program could take up to a year to complete, according to his lawyer, Larry Kerr.

Kerr said all four charges will be dismissed if McKinnie successfuly completes the program. McKinnie served a four-game suspension by the NFL last season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

“Bryant is very appreciative of the support he’s received from the Vikings, his fans and his family and friends throughout this process,” Kerr said. 

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