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VIKES MAY HAVE NO ROOM FOR CRYBABIES OR LITIGIOUS COACHES
Published October 27, 1997
While Vikings Coach Dennis Green said a scenario in his autobiography, "No Room For Crybabies," for taking over the team "was not meant as a threat, one of the Vikings' owners said four team owners want to fire" him, according to Jeff Seidel of the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS. The anonymous owner said he feels three other owners "won't commit to disciplining" Green because "they fear" a lawsuit, and that three other team owners want to keep him (PIONEER PRESS, 10/27). Vikings Vice Chair Philip Maas: "My personal opinion is that he's shot himself in the foot. I know if one of my employees did that he'd be gone tomorrow. Or gone this afternoon" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 10/25). Green: "I talked about buying the team as an afterthought ... kind of thinking out loud. ... I didn't threaten anybody as far as what I would do" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 10/27). REAX: ESPN's Chris Mortensen: "[I]t's clear there are several board members, several part owners, who want Dennis Green fired at the end of this season. So this is going to get messy" ("NFL Countdown," 10/26). In MN, Sid Hartman speculates that Green, "convinced that he will be fired at the end of this season unless he wins a couple of playoff games, has decided to put himself in position to get a big contract settlement from the Vikings" (STAR TRIBUNE, 10/26).