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VIKINGS UNDER FIRE FROM EMPLOYEE SUITS
Published February 1, 1995
Vikings President Roger Headrick admitted yesterday that the team needs to change the way "it deals with people in the organization." Headrick made the comments to KFAN-AM radio after recent reports that "revealed widespread fear and bitterness concerning the treatment" of Vikings players, coaches and employees. Headrick: "This is an area where we obviously need to do some more and handle things perhaps a little differently. ... And obviously its an area we need to work on." Coach Dennis Green said he "didn't expect everyone to agree with things we say or do, but we have never intentionally been callous." Green made his comments in a videotaped statement sent to local TV stations (Brown & Roberts, Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 2/1). In yesterday's STAR TRIBUNE, columnist Patrick Reusse blames Headrick and Green for operating the team "in a manner that made it seem as through they relished getting rid of people." Reusse, who chronicles the team's internal problems: "Yes, in the arrogant world that has been created at Winter Park [Vikings HQ] in recent years, a $150,000 sexual-harassment settlement can be explained away as an internal matter." Dan Barreiro writes, "On the same weekend the 49ers were putting on championship rings, another pro football organization was putting out fires, denying it is running a frat house, replete with hazing, fear and loathing" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 1/31). From an editorial in Tuesday's ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS: "Just because the business is professional football -- with all its images of power, violence and male dominance -- doesn't mean female employees should be treated with any less dignity and respect than what they should receive anywhere else" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 1/31).