Egan, Minnesota — offensive lineman for the Minnesota Vikings Ori Udo disputed the details of his arrest in South Florida last weekend, and the team is backing his account as the legal process progresses.
“It’s a shame the team has to see this,” Udoh said in the Vikings’ locker room on Wednesday. doing.”
Udo was charged with a misdemeanor of resisting officers without violence or disorderly conduct.
Coach Kevin O’Connell said he had spoken with Udoh several times about the incident.
“Oli called me early Sunday morning,” O’Connell said. “He was very honest and open not only about the situation but also about his disappointment at having forced us to take that call. I have a lot of confidence in myself…that things will develop positively for Ori.”
Miami-Dade County police reported that Udoh was seen talking to a woman in the bathroom line by a nightclub security guard. According to reports, Udo then tried to enter the women’s restroom, forcing a security guard and two others to intervene and take him away.
In a statement released Wednesday, Udo’s attorney, Brian Bieber, disputed that explanation.
“Oli never followed a woman to the bathroom, nor did he prevent her from going anywhere,” the statement read. They had a cordial conversation and exchanged phone numbers. She then reached out to us to confirm that the allegations were completely false. Nor has he committed any crimes, and we look forward to a speedy resolution to this case – something he should never have been arrested for. “
A sixth-round pick by the Vikings in 2019, Udoh started 16 games with the guard in 2021. In 2022 he was demoted to the reserves. He played his 3 snaps on offense and his 27 snaps on his team in specials.